2013年5月21日火曜日

Russia CIA Recruitment

露で、CIA勧誘者が拘束された。
 露の情報機関、FSBは、モスクワの米大使館のライアン・フォグル3等
書記官を、露治安機関職員を協力者に取り込もうと試みたとして、拘束し
たと発表した。FSBは、書記官は同大使館政治部の所属だが、実際は米CIA
の諜報部員だとみている。拘束時、書記官は多額の現金や変装道具のほか、
露市民を協力者にするための手引書などを所持していた。

拘束者
・Ryan Christopher Fogle(偽名?) 男性 3等書記官
・露治安機関職員をCIAの協力者に取り込もうと試みた。
・没収物
 二つのカツラと合計500ユーロ紙幣、一つのカツラは着用。
 コンパスや、地図、ナイフ、サングラス、携帯電話、手引書等。
・拘束後、拘留され、国外退去命令。
・所持していた勧誘書類の文面(露語)
 提示した協力費は10万ドル。
 長期協力と情報内容により別途ボーナスの合計で最高100万ドル/年提供。

ボストンマラソン爆破事件の犯人の照会で協力したと思ったら、米CIA
協力者の勧誘と摘発。両方とも多忙なのは変わらない。

Fogleの年齢が未発表だが、見たところ若い。
以前は、米CIAの工作は噂レベルだったが、最近は報道されることが増えた。
摘発する方が進歩したのだろうか。

外交筋の間では、大使館職員を摘発した時、両国で公表せずに処理する
場合が多いようだ。
2010年の時は、露で拘束された米国人が、末期がんで、死ぬ前に帰国し
たいとのことで、急いで交換したとの報道もあった。
この発表により、何かを優位に進めるための用意なのか。

日米のスパイ判決
KGB 背乗り30年
核の闇市場解明 かく乱は米政府
露スパイ事件 報道工作か
SVRの二重スパイ
台湾 二重スパイで逮捕
パキスタン 米外交官逮捕
駐上海韓国総領事館スキャンダル
OP Ghost Stories
農水省 情報流出隠し


American spy caught in Russia


Russia detains alleged US spy


---ロシアで米大使館職員を拘束---
2013.5.14 23:15
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/news/130514/erp13051423170006-n1.htm

 イタル・タス通信によると、ロシアの情報機関、連邦保安局(FSB)は14日、モスクワの米大使館のライアン・フォグル3等書記官を、露治安機関職員を協力者に取り込もうと試みたとして、拘束したと発表した。FSBは、書記官は同大使館政治部の所属だが、実際は米中央情報局(CIA)の諜報部員だとみている。拘束時、書記官は多額の現金や変装道具のほか、ロシア市民を協力者にするための手引書などを所持していた。(モスクワ 佐々木正明)


---Russia to expel 'CIA agent' in spy recruitment scandal---
14 May 2013 Last updated at 18:02 GMT
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22529251

Russia says it will expel a US diplomat briefly detained in Moscow for allegedly trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer as a spy.

The diplomat, named as CIA agent Ryan Fogle, was held overnight after he was apparently arrested wearing blond wig.

He has been declared "persona non grata" for "provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War", the Russian foreign ministry said on its website.

The US ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, had been summoned, it added.

Mr Fogle is said to have worked as third political secretary at the US embassy in Moscow.

A state department spokesperson said: "We can confirm that an officer at our US embassy in Moscow was briefly detained and was released. We have seen the Russian foreign ministry announcement and have no further comment at this time."

The diplomat was reportedly arrested with a large sum of money, technical devices and written instructions for the Russian agent he had tried to recruit.

Photos purporting to show Mr Fogle's detention have been widely circulated in the Russian media.
Delicate diplomacy

The foreign ministry said it had ordered Mr Fogle to leave the country, in a statement posted online on Tuesday afternoon.

"Such provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War will by no means promote the strengthening of mutual trust," the ministry said.

The incident creates an uncomfortable atmosphere at a time when the US and Russia are involved in delicate diplomacy over Syria and in taking cautious steps towards defrosting relations, the BBC's Steve Rosenberg in Moscow reports.

But it is unlikely to have any long-term political consequences, our correspondent says, as both countries know that espionage did not end with the Cold War.

Russia's Federal Security Service earlier released images allegedly showing Mr Fogle during and after his arrest.

Wearing a blue checked shirt and a plain baseball cap, he was shown being held on the ground with his hands bound, then being escorted away.

Another photo showed him sitting at desk, his hat removed.

Possessions said to be Mr Fogle's are laid out on a table. They include a sum of money in 500-euro banknotes and two wigs, one of which he was apparently wearing at the time of his detention.

Also on the table are a compass, map, knife, dark glasses and small mobile phone.

"FSB counter-intelligence agents detained a CIA staff member who had been working under the cover of third political secretary of the US embassy in Moscow," the FSB said.

"At the moment of detention, special technical equipment was discovered, written instructions for the Russian citizen being recruited, as well as a large sum of money and means for altering appearance."

'Dear friend'

Russian state TV has displayed a piece of paper, which it said was Mr Fogle's letter to the Russian officer.

Addressing the recipient as "Dear friend", the letter offers $100,000 (L65,400) "to discuss your experience, expertise and co-operation".

It goes on to say: "We can offer up to $1m a year for long-term co-operation, with extra bonuses if we receive some helpful information.

"This is a down payment from someone who is very impressed with your professionalism and who would greatly appreciate your co-operation in the future."

The letter is simply signed "Your friends".

The last major espionage case involving the two countries took place in 2010, when 10 people pleaded guilty to spying on the US for Russia.

The alleged agents were deported from the US in exchange for four people the Russians claimed had been spying for the West, in the biggest spy swap since the Cold War.

Last year, a former UK government official admitted that Britain had been caught spying after Russia exposed its use of a fake rock in Moscow to hide electronic equipment.

Shortly after the 2006 incident, Russia introduced tough new legislation on foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly accused Britain, the US and other countries of financing NGOs to meddle in Russian politics.

Last July, he passed a controversial law requiring all NGOs that receive overseas funding to register as "foreign agents".

Two months ago, Russian security services launched a series of investigations into foreign-funded NGOs, raiding their offices and seizing computers and documents.

The apparent crackdown drew widespread international criticism.


---Russia says American was recruiting for CIA---
May 14, 2013, 9:37 a.m.
http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-russia-american-cia-20130514,0,693288.story

 By Sergei L. Loiko and Khristina Narizhnaya This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

MOSCOW -- Russia detained an American citizen accused of attempting to recruit a local intelligence officer into the CIA, the Federal Security Service said.

Ryan Christopher Fogle, the third secretary of the American Embassy in Moscow, was held overnight before being handed back to U.S. authorities Tuesday, according to the Federal Security Service, the Russian intelligence agency known as the FSB. He was carrying a large amount of money, technology, written instructions for the Russian recruit and appearance-changing equipment, the FSB website said.

The agency claimed that Fogle was working for the CIA. The CIA declined to comment, Associated Press reported.

Purported photographs of Fogle disguised in a blond wig and baseball hat were broadcast on the all-news Channel One. Equipment confiscated from him was said to include a recording device, blond and dark wigs, sunglasses, a knife and stacks of 500-euro notes.

The FSB released to Russian media a copy of a letter that Fogle was allegedly carrying. It is addressed "Dear friend" in Russian and offers instructions on how to make contact with the unidentified sender.

According to an AP translation, it says, in part: "We are prepared to offer you $100,000 and discuss your experience, expertise and cooperation, and your payment might be far greater if you are prepared to answer some specific questions. Additionally, for long-term cooperation we offer up to $1,000,000 a year with the promise of additional bonuses for information that will help us."

An FSB official, speaking to The Times on condition of anonymity, said the agency had not initially intended to make a public incident of the matter.

“Under different circumstances we could have tried to avoid publicity on the episode not to embarrass our [U.S.] partners,” the official said. “But their man acted way too arrogantly and defiantly as if he was in a spy movie: The guy was loaded with money, sets of instructions, makeup kit and other giveaway stuff.”

The official refused to confirm or deny that the person Fogle was recruiting was part of an FSB trap.

The last big spy scandal involving the United States and Russia occurred in 2010, when Russian Anna Chapman was arrested along with nine other alleged sleeper agents in the United States.

Although there are risks that Fogle’s detention could worsen relations between Russia and the U.S., it probably will not, said Andrei Kortunov, president of the New Eurasia Foundation think tank. The 2010 spy scandal had little impact on relations between the two countries.

“Spy arrests are awkward for each country, and those involved probably won’t be getting promotions,” Kortunov said. “These things are inevitable. We just have to watch the reaction from the Kremlin and the U.S. for indication of what is to come.”

Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, was summoned to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the ministry’s website said. McFaul tweeted that he would not comment, and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow also declined to comment.

[For the record, 1:35 p.m. May 14: An early version of this post said that the FSB posted on its website a digital copy of a letter it said was carried by the accused American. The agency released the copy to Russian media but did not post the letter on its website.]


---Russia to Expel American, Saying He Is a C.I.A. Officer---
By ELLEN BARRY
Published: May 14, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/world/europe/russia-detains-american-saying-he-is-cia-agent.html?_r=0

MOSCOW - Russian officials said on Tuesday that they had caught a C.I.A. officer trying to recruit a Russian counterterrorism officer to spy for the United States. They said he was detained on Monday night and then released to the American Embassy in Moscow and ordered to leave the country.

 The Federal Security Service, the successor to the Soviet-era K.G.B., identified the man as Ryan Christopher Fogle and said he had been “working under the guise of” a diplomat, a third secretary in the political department of the embassy. It said that when Mr. Fogle was detained, he was carrying a large amount of cash, technical devices, items to disguise his appearance and written instructions for a Russian recruit.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling Mr. Fogle “persona non grata” and demanding that he leave the country. It said the United States ambassador, Michael A. McFaul, had been summoned to appear on Wednesday to explain the incident.

The ministry made clear that it viewed the apparent American clandestine effort as a serious slap in the face, after the high level of cooperation between Russia and the United States in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing. Since the attack, President Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia have spoken twice on the telephone. And American law enforcement officials said Russia took the extraordinary step of sharing secret wiretap transcripts of a call in which it was learned that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the bombing suspects, held extremist beliefs.

“While our two presidents reaffirmed their readiness to expand bilateral cooperation, including through intelligence agencies in the fight against international terrorism, such provocative actions in the spirit of the cold war does not contribute to building mutual trust,” the Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

Photographs released by the Russian Federal Security Service showed a man in a blond wig, a blue checked shirt and a baseball cap being pinned to the ground, evidently by a Russian officer, and the same man sitting grim-faced at a desk in an F.S.B. office. Further images showed a number of items that apparently were confiscated from him: brown and blond wigs, several pairs of dark glasses, several stacks of 500-euro notes, a compass, a map of Moscow and an embassy card identifying him as Ryan C. Fogle.

Russian news outlets also published the text of a letter that they said Mr. Fogle was carrying, written in Russian and addressed to a recruit, that instructed the recipient to create a Gmail account to be used for covert contacts. It offered 100,000 euros, or about $130,000, “to discuss your experience, expertise and cooperation,” with more promised for answering “specific questions.” It goes on to say that “we can offer up to $1 million a year for long-term cooperation, with extra bonuses if we receive some helpful information.”

“This is a down payment from someone who is very impressed with your professionalism and who would greatly appreciate your cooperation in the future,” the letter says. “Your security means a lot to us. This is why we chose this way of contacting you.” The letter is signed “Your friends.”

Aides to Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in Stockholm on Tuesday to attend a conference of Arctic nations, including Russia, declined to comment on the matter. The Central Intelligence Agency also declined to comment, as did the American Embassy in Moscow.

The Russian security agency said its counterintelligence service had documented a series of recent attempts by the United States to recruit officers from Russian law enforcement and “special departments.”

The recruitment target was apparently a counterterrorism officer specializing in the Caucasus region, in which the United States has developed intense interest in recent weeks because the Boston bombing suspects, Mr. Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, had once lived there. Tamerlan Tsarnaev returned to Dagestan in the North Caucasus last year and was in contact with Muslim rebels there.

A video posted on the state-financed Russia Today news site shows Mr. Fogle seated, with other American officials standing beside him, as an unidentified Russian security official is heard expressing perplexity at the incident.


“At first, we could not even believe that this could be happening, because you well know that in recent time the F.S.B. has actively helped the investigation of the bombings in Boston,” the official says in Russian to the Americans. One of the men standing next to Mr. Fogle is Michael Klecheski of the embassy’s political section.

 Toward the end of the video, the Russian official appears on screen but his face is blocked out. He says the Americans have committed “a serious crime in Moscow” and then turns to the Americans, who have said nothing, at least in the part of the video released to Russia Today.

“Do you have any questions about what you have been shown?” the Russian official asks. The Americans, standing with their arms crossed, glance at one another, shrug and shake their heads no.

Russian officials have been expressing anxiety lately about what they see as Western attempts to undermine political stability in Russia. Mr. Putin has supported new laws to block Russian officials from depositing wealth overseas, saying that doing so leaves them dangerously exposed to pressure from foreign governments. Nongovernmental organizations working in Russia are accused of meddling and are forced to register as “foreign agents” if they receive financing from abroad.

Mr. Fogle’s arrest, given lavish attention on Russian television, fit neatly into that pattern, though some of the details, like the pile of wigs, left many in Moscow incredulous.

“There is nothing new about it - I’m just surprised that the guy was such an idiot,” said Yevgenia M. Albats, the author of a 1994 book on the K.G.B. “I am not interested so much in this Christopher Fogle as much as the person he was trying to recruit. And why did he have to do it in such an old-fashioned way? It sounds like the ‘70s.”

Bruce Riedel, a former C.I.A. officer who is now at the Brookings Institution, said it was difficult to determine from a single case whether the agency was increasing espionage activity inside Russia. But the Russian government’s decision to make the episode so public was telling, he said: “If they wanted to, they could have just quietly told the embassy that he was persona not grata and expelled him, and not put anything in the media.”

In 2010, American authorities arrested 10 people who were part of a Russian “sleeper” spy ring and had been living in the United States for a decade posing as Americans. They had not sent home any classified information and were not charged with espionage; instead, they were returned to Russia in exchange for the release of four people imprisoned there for spying.

At the time, the White House quickly made clear that it did not expect the episode to strain relations with Russia.

Similarly, it seemed unlikely that the arrest of Mr. Fogle would significantly affect bilateral relations, including plans for Mr. Putin and Mr. Obama to meet in Northern Ireland this month and in Russia later this year.

Espionage arrests, though not frequent, have long been an element of diplomatic life in Moscow. In May 2011, Russia arrested Israel’s military attache in Moscow - an air force colonel who was born in the Soviet Union - as he sat in a cafe with a Russian; it expelled him on suspicion of using several local residents as informers. The Israeli Defense Ministry said it conducted its own investigation and found the Russian accusations to be baseless.

There have also been notable defections. In October 2000, Sergei Tretyakov, a colonel in the Russian spy service, defected to the United States with his wife and daughter. At the time, he held the title of first secretary of the Russian mission in New York and senior aide to the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Sergey V. Lavrov. Mr. Lavrov is now Russia’s foreign minister.

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