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Russia Orders Expulsion of Alleged US Spy

In this handout photo provided by the FSB, a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle, right, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, with Embassy officials at left, sits in the the FSB offices in Moscow, early Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
In this handout photo provided by the FSB, a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle, right, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, with Embassy officials at left, sits in the the FSB offices in Moscow, early Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
Russia is ordering the immediate departure of a U.S. embassy employee it accuses of trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to work for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

Acting Deputy State Department Spokesman Patrick Ventrell confirms that an officer of the U.S. embassy in Moscow was briefly detained and released.

In this handout photo provided by Russia's Federal Security Service [FSB], a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, is detained in Moscow, May 14, 2013.In this handout photo provided by Russia's Federal Security Service [FSB], a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, is detained in Moscow, May 14, 2013.
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In this handout photo provided by Russia's Federal Security Service [FSB], a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, is detained in Moscow, May 14, 2013.
In this handout photo provided by Russia's Federal Security Service [FSB], a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, is detained in Moscow, May 14, 2013.
"We have seen the Russian Foreign Ministry announcement and have no further comment at this time," Ventrell said.

Russia's Federal Security Service says it briefly detained a U.S. citizen it identified as Ryan Fogle who it says was caught with special technical equipment, disguises, a large amount of cash and a letter to the Russian he was attempting to recruit.

Russian media quoted the letter as offering the Russian intelligence officer $100,000 to begin, and up to $1 million for "long-term cooperation" with the CIA.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a session of the Arctic Council in Sweden. State Department spokesman Ventrell said allegations of spying would not disrupt efforts to convene an international peace conference on Syria.

"We are very much committed to working with the Russians toward this peace conference, and the Secretary's active diplomacy on that continues," Ventrell said.

In a statement Tuesday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said that at a time when the Russian and U.S. presidents have declared a readiness to expand bilateral cooperation, "such provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War by no means promote the strengthening of mutual trust."

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by: carlos lascoutx from: mexico
May 15, 2013 9:18 AM
...what do we need to know about Russia except that it's badly run by a kleptocrat and his gang who are outsourcing their country's financing to the poker game at the Plaza Hotel? the only time we hear of the CIA is when they drop the ball. rather not hear from that at all so why not change their name
from the Secret Service to the Silent Service.


by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
May 14, 2013 9:26 PM
The wording in Russia’s Foreign Ministry statement about “such provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War by no means promote the strengthening of mutual trust." is hypocritical and unprofessional with short memory. Even i all the charges aren’t specially planted (as is usual in Russia to plant weapons and drugs for anybody who the authorities plan to put in prison), it’s a routine for every country to spy and counterspy. Russia shouldn’t forget the magnanimity that the USA has displayed when quite recently a DOZEN Russians people were exposed in a spy ring in the USA. Russian spies were caught red-handed all over the world many times quite recently. So for Russia I wouldn’t make the scene and the fuss.


by: skiimaan from: usa
May 14, 2013 2:42 PM
I bet $1M the Russian spy was a woman.


by: Aldrich
May 14, 2013 2:20 PM
Yes and the Russians dont carry out espionage in the USA or the UK for that matter, mmm so they say. Perhaps they can comment on that individual Aldrich and the outcome. Very interesting indeed, to revisit his involvement.


by: INTCEN from: EU
May 14, 2013 10:44 AM
under Obama, American "Intelligence" is in appalling condition. if it weren't for Israel, i don't know were we would be...

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by: Chuck from: USA
May 15, 2013 9:13 AM
Yeah, because Bush did So well with things like preventing 9/11. Or Iraq's WMD.

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