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Russian official sources announced that Ryan Christopher Fogle, the third secretary of the Political Section of the American embassy in Moscow, is being detained in Moscow on accusations of trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer. Mr. Fogle was allegedly carrying a large sum of money, special equipment and printed instructions, Russian sources added.
"FSB counter-intelligence agents detained a CIA staff member who had been working under the cover of third political secretary of the US embassy in Moscow," the Federal Security Service (FSB) said. "At the moment of detention, special technical equipment was discovered, written instructions for the Russian citizen being recruited, as well as a large sum of money and means for altering appearance," the ex-KGB added.
According to DiploNews, the claims should be taken with great caution. Indeed intelligence experts explained, it seems quite unusual for a recruiter to provide a recruit with any written instructions, not to mention the sums that were unveiled - some reports talked about up to USD 1 million a year - and which seem unrealistic, even for a top ranking official. In addition, the modus operandi doesn't sound as professional as what the two protagonists are said to be.
Such a development happens amid alleged growing misunderstanding between the US and Russian intelligences over who missed the points about the Tsarnaev brothers who were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, killing 3 and wounding dozens.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, told the Wall Street Journal on May 10 that Russia withheld information that could have prevented the attack. On the Russian side, authorities affirmed that they did alert their US counterparts about the Tsarnaev's extremism.
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