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Biden: It's okay U.S. only got 4 for 10 in spy swap

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad July 4, 2010.REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden said it was all right that the United States only got four accused spies from Russia while giving up 10.

“We got back four really good ones,” Biden said on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Friday night. “And the 10, they’ve been here a long time, but they hadn’t done much.”

When comedy host Leno showed Biden an alluring photo of accused Russian spy Anna Chapman, a darling of New York tabloids, Biden had a quip ready.

“Let me make it clear, it wasn’t my idea to send her back,” he said.

“I thought they’d take Rush Limbaugh,” Biden said of the conservative talk show radio host who is a constant thorn in the side of Biden’s Democrats.

Russia and the United States conducted the biggest spy swap since the Cold War on Friday, trading agents on the Vienna airport tarmac in the climax to a drama that had threatened improving ties.

Reporting by Steve Holland, editing by Vicki Allen

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