Russia Detains US Diplomat Accused of Undercover CIA Work
Russian counterintelligence officials briefly detained a US diplomat suspected of being an undercover CIA officer and trying to recruit a Russian agent, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said Tuesday.
Fogle purportedly offered the Russian officer up to $1 million a year for his cooperation, according to a letter he was carrying that was released by the FSB.Full Story
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#1 May 17, 2013
Sources have revealed the man the accused CIA spy was trying to 'recruit' was an FSB agent who specialized in Islamic extremism in Russia and may even have traveled to the region where the bombing suspects came from.
It is thought that he was part of a team who went to Dagestan and provided intelligence to the United States about an extremist threat in 2011.
In material released by the FSB, it is clear the Americans had phone numbers for one or more Russian intelligence agents involved in anti-terrorism work in the Caucasus.
They obtained these during trip involving FBI agents to Dagestan in search of intelligence on Tamerlan's trip.
'After the first call he refused to meet, but this man called again and insisted on a meeting,' said a recording of a FSB officer addressing three US diplomats who came to collect the alleged CIA agent from FSB headquarters.
'At first we did not believe it was happening, because recently the FSB has been actively helping to investigate the Boston blasts, and was also providing some other information about threats to US national security'.
Today Kommersant newspaper said:'It is likely that during the trip in April the US side obtained the phone numbers of Federal Security Service (FSB) agents.'
'Clearly, they then decided to use it to have personal contacts with anti-terror agents, given that the exchange of information in the form of question and answers between special services is not always quick and smooth,' it said.
$1 million a year?!
Calling up FSB agents and trying to recruit them over the phone?
Had Fogle even met this guy before?
It sounds like we must be pretty desperate for information.
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