Reporting from New York — One of 11 people charged with being part of a Russian spy ring told investigators that his loyalty to his handlers exceeded his commitment to his own son, prosecutors said Thursday as they argued against releasing the defendants on bond and warned that evidence unveiled so far was “the tip of an iceberg.”
Three of the accused spies appeared in federal court in Manhattan before Magistrate Ronald L. Ellis, who denied bail for a couple who went by the names Richard and Cynthia Murphy. The Murphys had lived a seemingly serene life in suburban New Jersey.
Ellis approved the release of El Diario newspaper columnist Vicky Pelaez on $250,000 bond on the condition that she remain under house arrest and be electronically monitored. She was not expected to be freed until next week, however, and prosecutors may appeal.