Falls Church News-Press: Some years ago, I was fascinated by a story that branched between the United States and Russia, the story of 10 spies leading relatively inconspicuous lives in New York and New Jersey who worked for the Russian government. Like much of the country, I was glued to any news I could get a hold of concerning these spies, seemingly of yesteryear, and how even in 2010 Russia and the United States were continuing to use Cold War tactics for information about one another.

The fascinating tale of intrigue and entrapment was straight out of a classic whodunit that I might read on long airplane trips. While the general public, myself included, doesn’t know who has spies and where they are, it is plausible that the majority of the world is spying on everyone else – the United States included. I gather that this is public knowledge for the most part because I, like the rest of America, watch “Homeland.”

Spies are seen as traitors, as slimy weasels who go above and beyond to commit acts of treason against their host nation or company. Treason is a crime that is punishable by life imprisonment in the United States. Perhaps then you can imagine my honest surprise when just a week ago, I was accused of acts of treason against the American LGBT community and possibly the entire United States for having attended a gala that happened to have been co-hosted by the Russian Consulate in New York City.

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