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FSB: CIA crossed ‘red line’ with agent Fogle
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Published time: May 17, 2013 14:11
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The CIA has crossed a certain „red line‟ in professional ethics of intelligence as American spy
Ryan Fogle attempted to recruit a Russian agent, an FSB operative told RT.
“In case with Fogle, the CIA crossed the red line and we had no choice but to react observing
official procedures,” a representative of the Russian Security Service, the FSB, said in an
interview with RT.
The spy story broke earlier this week after it was made public that Fogle – who had worked
under the guise of a third secretary at the US Embassy in Moscow – was detained after
being caught red-handed trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer for the CIA.
Following the incident he was expelled from Russia.
As early as by autumn 2011, the FSB was aware that the CIA was pursuing a goal to get an
informer within the Russian special services, the agent told RT.
“Those were not one-off events, which caused our concern,” the operative pointed out.
“Therefore, we decided to warn our American colleagues and ask them to stop these activities.”
At a time, the FSB did not make public any information they knew about the CIA operations
in Moscow, but held a meeting with the head of their station‟s chief in Moscow.
Ryan Christopher Fogle, third secretary of the Moscow US embassy's political department, seen at
the Federal Security Service's reception office, on having been detained after making an attempt to
recruit an employee of one of the Russian secret services. (RIA Novosti/FSS)
“We hoped our American colleagues would hear us, given that we also presented to them
precise information about CIA officers making recruitment attempts in Moscow and who
exactly was doing that,” the source added.
In particular, back then, the FSB named such American agents as Benjamin Dillon, third
secretary of the American Embassy in Moscow. Last year, “Dillon got into the same story as
Fogle” and was expelled from Russia in January, the source said.
“Hoping that the CIA would make necessary conclusions from the incident, we did not make
that case public,” he said. Apparently, the Americans did not appreciate the FSB‟s “correct
attitude towards professional ethics.”
The FSB was aware that Ryan Fogle worked for the CIA since his arrival in Moscow in April
2011. Russian intelligence, “keeps an eye on” representatives of all foreign special services
and the American intelligence agency is no exception to the rule, the source noted.
“The point of such an approach is to terminate all possible actions by foreign intelligence that
could pose a threat to Russia’s security,” the operative said. “This, certainly, does not refer to
diplomats who do their duties on behalf of the US State Department.”
Federal Security Service agents detaining CIA agent Ryan Christopher Fogle, on having made an
attempt to recruit an employee of one of the Russian secret services. (RIA Novosti/FSS)
The CIA did not respond to two warnings from Russia, while the desire to wriggle through
agents into the Russian special services“remained very high .”
Before the case with Fogle, there were three similar cases with CIA officers, the FSB agent
said. While Fogle and Dillon were expelled from Russia, others left the country voluntarily.
The FSB believes that following the latest spy scandal the Americans “will draw right
conclusions .” The source pointed out that the US and Russian special services cooperate
very closely in countering terrorism and exchange information on the matter.
“I’m confident that the incident [with Fogle] will not affect the development of cooperation in
that area ,” the source stated. “However, the confrontation between intelligence and
counter-intelligence will always remain in place .”
The FSB also shared with RT a record of a phone conversation between Dillon and an
unnamed Russian person, where the alleged CIA agent discusses a possible “job” with the
Cloak, dagger and a blond wig? FSB says CIA agent
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Promises of millions, a new face and detailed instructions on a double-agent conspiracy in
Moscow. Bearing the hallmarks of a Cold War spy thriller, Russia‟s counterintelligence
agency says it caught a CIA officer trying to flip a Russian operative.
The Federal Security Service (FSB) Public Relations Center announced that detained
individual was Ryan Christopher Fogle, a career diplomat working as the third secretary of
the Political Section of the American embassy in Moscow.
The agency stressed that Christopher had “special technical equipment” in his possession,
including an additional wig, multiple pairs of dark sunglasses and a lot of cash in euro –
along with a Moscow atlas, a compass, a knife, and an American Bic lighter.
The detainee, who was sporting a blond wig at the time of his interception, was delivered to
the FSB receiving office for questioning. Following all of the necessary procedures, he was
handed over to representatives of the US embassy in Moscow.
Ryan C Fogle, 3d secretary of US embassy, was detained in Moscow by the Russian
counterintelligence agency (FSB)
Disguise allegedly used by Ryan Fogle (FSB)
Ryan Fogle inside FSB office (FSB)
The one-page letter to “a dear friend” found in Christopher‟s possession was to be
clandestinely delivered to the would-be recruit.
The correspondence proposed a US$100,000 payment for an interview with the prospective
double agent, as well as $1 million per annum if the candidate chose to accept the mission
and supply the American side with information.
Proving its technological prowess in the digital era, the alleged spy further offered step-by-
step instructions on how to create a new Gmail account to be used for future contacts.
Ever-so-savvy, the document stressed the importance of not divulging any real contact
information like phone numbers, email or home addresses when creating an email account
for the purposes of spying on one‟s own country.
It further discouraged the use of personal handheld mobile devices and laptops when
registering the account, proposing a more anonymous setting like an internet café would be
more judicious. If that didn‟t pan out, the prospective recruit was told to buy a new mobile
device or computer with the express purpose to be used for the express purpose of
establishing contact. The new device was to be paid for in cash, and all expenses would be
Instruction allegedly used to recruit Russian intelligence officer with offers of money and means of
conducting the conspiracy (FSB)
Once a new Gmail account was created, the recruit was told to write a letter to
unbacggdA@gmail.com and wait one week for a reply.
“Thank you for reading this. We look forward to working with you in the nearest future. Your
friends,” the missive concludes.
On Tuesday, The Russian government announced that Fogle had been branded a “persona
non grata,” demanding his immediate expulsion from Russia.
“At a time when the presidents of our countries have reaffirmed their readiness to broaden our
bilateral relations, including special service [cooperation] in the battle with international
terrorism, such provocative actions in the spirit of the “Cold War” do not facilitate a
strengthening of mutual trust,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Ryan Fogle‟s pass to the US embassy (FSB)
US Ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael McFaul refused to comment on the
detention of his subordinate or his alleged part in the cloak and dagger plot.
On his Twitter account the ambassador simply wrote „no‟ when questioned about Ryan
McFaul has a date with the Russian Foreign Ministry, however, where he has been
summoned to give an explanation for the not-so-undercover incident.
Former assistant secretary of state Jon Alterman told RT the timing of the incident was
“strange” in light of the upcoming international conference on Syria spearheaded by
Moscow and Washington.
“It clearly will have an effect on the talks. I don’t think it tells us anything new about US-
Russian relations. What is strange is the timing, because when it comes to catching spies – if
this even was a spy – you get to choose when you take action. And the decision to act
immediately before the summit seems to me calculated to affect the summit,” he argued.
The website of the American embassy in Russia says that its Political Section is engaged in
“bringing to the attention of the Russian government the US position on the issues of
foreign policy and security.” The section‟s other task is to “inform Washington about the
main provisions of the foreign and defense policy of Russia,” as well as Russian domestic
Watch more in RT's Tom Barton's report
Money allegedly used by Fogle for recruiting (FSB)
Stephen Holmes outed by Russian FSB as CIA Chief of Station in Moscow. - RT
News ran the name but has since
removed it from the story. (Probably at the request of the CIA)
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