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July 1, 2010

National Security: Few Prosecutions for Unregistered Foreign Agents
By Nick Schwellenbach

A searchable database of federal prosecutions maintained by the non-profit Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse reveals relatively few prosecutions since 1990 under the same part of the criminal code 18 U.S.C. 951 used in the new Russian spy ring, Cabelly and Duran cases. The latest Justice Department report available, for the six months ended in June 2009, said a total of 1,906 agents of foreign countries were registered with it. The registration tracks the identity of people engaged in political activities on behalf of foreign governments, foreign political parties, and other foreign entities.

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