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This Just In: White House Briefed In Feb. About Russians

WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House official says the Obama administration began thinking about a possible spy swap as early as June 11, well ahead of the arrests of 10 Russians on June 27.

The official says White House officials were first briefed on the Russians' covert activities back in February and that President Barack Obama was made aware of the case on June 11. It was on that
date that the idea of some kind of spy swap was raised, along with other options.

The exchange took place on Friday. The official said the United States came up with the names of the four people it wanted Russia to release. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
    

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