Tuesday 15 October 2019

No splitting hairs for CIA 'spy' in wig

Tom Parfitt Moscow

Russia's counter-espionage unit has detained a CIA officer as he attempted to recruit a member of the Russian special services.

Kremlin-controlled television stations showed pictures of the detained man – apparently wearing a blond wig inside a cap – pinned to the ground by a plainclothes operative.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement that the man was detained in Moscow early yesterday. It said he was Ryan Christopher Fogle, a serving CIA officer working under diplomatic cover as a third secretary of the political section of the US embassy in the capital.

Channel One state television ran images of the alleged spy's kit: two wigs, two pairs of sunglasses, two penknives, a mini-torch, a compass, a map-book of Moscow and a pack of €500 notes.

Russian news agencies reported that US Ambassador Michael McFaul would be summoned to the Foreign Ministry today over the detention.

Mr Fogle is thought to be the first US diplomat in more than a decade to be detained in Russia for alleged spying. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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