Moscow: Russia’s counterintelligence agency claims it has caught a CIA officer trying to flip a Russian operative, DND Staff report.
The U.S. State Department confirmed the arrest of Christopher Fogle. However, the Foreign Office has refused to comment further.
At the briefing, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrella did not comment on whether R.Fogl involved in espionage activities. He expressed the hope that the scandal will not affect U.S. relations with Russia
According to the Federal Security Service (FSB) Public Relations Centre statement detained individual is Ryan Christopher Fogle, a career diplomat working as the third secretary of the Political Section of the American embassy in Moscow.
FSB claims Christopher had “special technical equipment” in his possession, including an additional wig, a microphone, multiple pairs of dark sunglasses and a lot of cash in euro – along with a Moscow atlas, a compass, a knife, and an American Bic lighter.
The detainee, who was wearing a blond wig at the time of his arrest, was delivered to the FSB receiving office for questioning. Following all of the necessary procedures, he was handed over to representatives of the US embassy in Moscow.