The ten spies the United States caught and traded for higher-value prisoners in Russia didn’t get their hands on any state secrets. Instead, expert John McLaughlin says they are the kind of worker bees that provide safe houses, launder money and support the “real” spies. The former CIA director says that’s business as usual for international espionage, and everybody does it.
[New U.S. sanctions on 38 Russian oligarchs are] the most significant we have seen yet [under the Trump administration, targeting] the elites that surround Putin... If we are looking for sanctions that will have the ability to affect Putin's calculus, it's these type of actions we would want to see.