Russia: 'Spy' case regretful

An apparent attempt by a US diplomat to recruit a Russian agent for the CIA was "regretful" and has not helped relations between the two countries, a spokesman for the Russian President said.

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US diplomat accused of being a 'spy' leaves Moscow

A US employee accused of spying and ordered to leave Russia, has departed, say reports. Credit: Reuters

A US employee accused of spying and ordered to leave Russia has flown out of Moscow, it is reported.

Russian NTV broadcast video that appeared to show Ryan Fogle passing through passport control and security at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow.

Russian security services claimed earlier this week that Fogle, a third secretary at the US embassy, had been caught trying to recruit a Russian agent.

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Kremlin say 'CIA agent' incident was 'regretful'

An attempt by a US diplomat to recruit a Russian agent for the Central Intelligence Agency is an impediment to efforts to improve US-Russian relations, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said.

In the first Kremlin comment on the detention and expulsion of the diplomat, spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Itar-Tass news agency that the incident was regretful. But he did not threaten any further action over the incident.

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Report: Diplomat's letter offers would-be spy $1m wage

The Russia Today website has published a photograph of what it claims is a letter, found in a US diplomat's possession, that was to be used to recruit a Russian as an intelligence officer.

The website also provided the following transcript of part of the letter:

Dear Friend,

This is a down-payment from someone who is very impressed with your professionalism and who would greatly appreciate your cooperation in the future. Your security means a lot to us. This is why we chose this way of contacting you. We will continue to make sure our correspondence remains safe and secret.

We are ready to offer you $100,000 to discuss your experience, expertise and cooperation. The reward may be much greater if you are willing to answer specific questions. In additin to that, we can offer up to $1 million a year for long-term cooperation ...

It goes on to describe how the recipient should open a Gmail account at an Internet cafe, instructing the recipient to expect an email response in "exactly one week".

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Pictures of 'CIA agent' being detained in Moscow

Russian security services have released images showing what they claim is the US diplomat Ryan Fogle being detained in Moscow, and objects found in his possession.

Ryan Fogle being handcuffed by Russian police
Ryan Fogle being handcuffed by Russian police Credit: RTV
Objects - including wigs, dark sunglasses and a wad of 500-euro notes - claimed to be Ryan Fogle's possessions
Objects - including wigs, dark sunglasses and a wad of 500-euro notes - claimed to be Ryan Fogle's possessions Credit: RTV

Security services said Fogle had been handed over to US Embassy officials.

Claims to show an ID card belonging to Ryan Fogle
Claims to show an ID card belonging to Ryan Fogle Credit: RTV
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