Such swaps are not unprecedented but were more a fixture of the Cold War, when the United States and the former Soviet Union were sworn enemies competing for world domination.
Your story about the spy swap states that the U.S. was attempting to “dominate the world.”
I know your reporter is young, but could you encourage him to take a few history courses perhaps at a local community college?
I suppose he thinks we were dominating the world by defending countries and helping countries rebuild post WW II? Reuters can do better.
Several readers objected to our use of “world domination.” Competing for world influence might have been a better way to put it: GBU Editor