- On Air
- Music News
- Calendar of Events
- Support WERS
- About WERS
By Emily Files
Russian security forces arrested a U.S. Embassy diplomat in Moscow because he was believed to be a spy for the CIA.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Ryan Fogle was caught red-handed trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer.
The FSB said Fogle was carrying special technical equipment, disguises, a large sum of money, and written instructions for the agent he was trying to recruit. They said he was posing as a career diplomat at the embassy.
The FSB released pictures of apparent evidence, including the disguise the man allegedly used, along with photos showing Fogle being detained by security forces.
One photo shows the typed letter Fogle allegedly brought for the Russian agent he was trying to recruit. It offers a payment of $100,000 for an interview to “discuss your experience, expertise and cooperation,” and a yearly payment of up to $1 million for “long-term cooperation.”
Russian security released Fogle back to the U.S. embassy after questioning him. The embassy has not commented on the allegations. U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said via Twitter that he could not comment on the situation.
In 2010, 10 Russian spies were caught in the U.S. and deported back to their home country.
The U.S. and Russia are currently trying to arrange a conference to bring the embattled Syrian government together with the Syrian opposition for talks and a ceasefire.