Russians say US diplomat was trying to recruit Russian specialist in the Caucasus

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Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 12:03 PM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's security services say a U.S. diplomat they accuse of spying was trying to recruit a Russian counterterrorism officer who specializes in the Caucasus. That's the part of southern Russia that's home to relatives of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers.

Russia's Federal Security Service says Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, was wearing a wig and carrying disguises and a large sum of money when he was detained yesterday.

The Russians accuse Fogle of being a CIA officer.

He has diplomatic immunity, which protects him from arrest. But Russian authorities handed him over to U.S. Embassy officials and ordered him to leave Russia immediately.

The incident took place as U.S. investigators have been working with the Russians to try to determine whether one of the Boston bombing suspects had established any contacts with militants operating in the Russian province of Dagestan (dah-guhs-TAHN').

And Russian officials say they're outraged that the U.S. would carry out an espionage operation at a time when the presidents of the two countries have been working to improve counterterrorism cooperation.

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165-c-11-(Lynn Berry, AP correspondent)-"would not comment"-AP correspondent Lynn Berry reports the U.S. ambassador to Russia has been summoned by the foreign ministry in Moscow to answer questions in connection with the detention. (14 May 2013)

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163-c-19-(Lynn Berry, AP correspondent)-"500 Euro notes"-AP correspondent Lynn Berry reports Russia's security services say they've caught red-handed a U.S. diplomat who they claim is a CIA agent. (14 May 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Man claimed by Russian Federal Security Service to be CIA officer Ryan Christopher Fogle, a third secretary at US Embassy in Moscow, FSB handout image, graphic element on gray (14 May 2013)

APPHOTO MOSB133: In this handout photo provided by the FSB, acronym for Russian Federal Security Service, a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, is detained in Moscow, early Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Russia's security services say they have caught a U.S. diplomat who they claim is a CIA agent in a red-handed attempt to recruit a Russian agent. Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, was carrying special technical equipment, disguises, written instructions and a large sum of money when he was detained overnight, the FSB said in a statement Tuesday. Fogle was handed over to U.S. embassy officials, the FSB, said. (AP Photo/FSB Public Relations Center) (13 May 2013)

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