July 9th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

U.S., Russia swap spies

CNN Wire Staff

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The United States and Russia completed a spy swap Friday, exchanging the agents on chartered planes at an airport in Vienna, Austria, a U.S. official and Russian media said.

The planes sat on the ground for about an hour while the swap took place. Neither government confirmed what happened until the planes were on their way back home.

The plane carrying 10 Russian agents, who were expelled from the United States on Thursday for intelligence gathering, landed at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on Friday afternoon, the airport press office said.

A separate plane carrying four people convicted of spying for the United States took off from Vienna, too, bound for a destination in the West, according to Russia Today, a state television station.

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