Blunt calls Russian spy swap a 'hasty' decision

JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt is criticizing the Obama administration for a "very hasty" decision to swap spies with Russia.

Ten Russian spies were traded today for four people who had been held in Russia on charges they spied for the U.S.

Blunt is a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee. He says the U.S. likely did not hold the 10 spies long enough to learn everything about their work, their contacts and their spy network.

He says their release also shows there are not strong penalties for spying on the U.S.

Blunt is running for U.S. Senate. Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan says she does not want to second-guess President Barack Obama's decision to trade the spies.