WASHINGTON (AP) - It has all the hallmarks of a Cold War spy swap.
U.S. and Russian officials have met in secret on two continents and five suspects charged with spying in the U.S. have been ordered to New York to join five others already behind bars.
Wednesday's moves are likely to lead up to one of the largest swaps of accused spies in decades, but officials in neither country will confirm a swap is in the works.
The brother of a Russian scientist says his imprisoned brother was told that he would be one of the convicted spies to be exchanged for Russians arrested by the FBI, and could be flown to his freedom as early as Thursday.
The trade could be the largest since 25 prisoners in Poland and East Germany and four in the United States were exchanged in 1985.