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.
The intelligence community certainly can be wrong about these kinds of things, and you do want to take everything with a certain amount of skepticism. That said, it seems like in this case [of the Russian election hacking], they’ve found the tracks—that’s kind of the nice thing about cyber, as best as I understand it, is you can actually go back and see the keystrokes … which was not something that we had in Iraq.