Russian FSB detains US Diplomat accused of Spying

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it will expel a U.S. diplomat who it claims was caught disguised in a blond wig while trying to recruit a Russian agent in Moscow.

Russia’s security services claimed Tuesday that Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, was a CIA officer. It said Fogle was carrying special technical equipment, disguises, written instructions and a large sum of money when he was detained overnight.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Fogle was handed back to U.S. Embassy officials, declared persona non grata and ordered to leave Russia immediately.

It was the first case of an American diplomat in Moscow publicly accused of spying in about a decade.

The CIA declined to comment on the case.

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