Russia: CIA Spy Arrested In Moscow

7:44 AM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
An image published by "Russia Today" shows a man identified as alleged CIA agent Ryan Christopher Fogle in the custody of Russian security agents after his arrest in Moscow, May 14, 2013. (RT)
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(CBS NEWS) -- Russia's security services claimed Tuesday to have arrested a CIA agent posing as an employee of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for allegedly trying to recruit a Russian secret service agent to work for the U.S.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) announced that it had detained a man identified as Ryan Christopher Fogle on the evening of May 13 or early the next morning for attempting to recruit a Russian agent.

The U.S. Embassy would not comment on the reports when contacted Tuesday morning by CBS News.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted a statement from the FSB as saying Fogle was arrested while trying to recruit a member of the Russian security services, and he had on his person, "special technical devices, written instructions for the Russian citizen being recruited, a large sum of cash and means of changing his appearance."

After being arrested and processed by Russian security services, the man was handed back to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Moscow.

The FSB said Fogle had been masquerading as a career diplomat at the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy, but that he was a CIA employee. A photo provided by the FSB and published across Russian media allegedly showed his Russian-issued diplomatic identification card.

Also published was a picture apparently showing the moment the man was arrested -- a man with shoulder-length blonde hair being pinned on the ground by Russian agents.

Another photo showed the same man, but with short brown hair, sitting at a desk -- apparently in custody. On a table nearby there was the backpack the man had been pictured carrying and a blonde wig.

Russian media said the U.S. Ambassador to Russia had been summoned to the Foreign Ministry over the incident.

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