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Russia Expels U.S. Embassy Employee For Spy Recruitment

On May 14, Russian state TV showed video of the detention of a U.S. diplomat identified as Ryan C. Fogle. It displayed objects said to belong to him, including two wigs, a compass, and a map of Moscow. Russia said Fogle worked "undercover" as third secretary of the U.S. Embassy's political department and was caught trying to recruit a Russian counterterrorism officer to work as a spy. He was ordered to leave the country. U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul was summoned to the Foreign Ministry over the incident on May 15.

An ID card of U.S. Embassy employee Ryan Christopher Fogle in a photo released by the Federal Security Service.
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An ID card of U.S. Embassy employee Ryan Christopher Fogle in a photo released by the Federal Security Service.

A man looks at a computer screen displaying belongings described as being owned by Ryan C. Fogle in a photo released by the Russian Federal Security Service. The items included two wigs, a compass, a Moscow map, a small knife, and stacks of euro banknotes.
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A man looks at a computer screen displaying belongings described as being owned by Ryan C. Fogle in a photo released by the Russian Federal Security Service. The items included two wigs, a compass, a Moscow map, a small knife, and stacks of euro banknotes.

The headquarters of the Federal Security Service in central Moscow
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The headquarters of the Federal Security Service in central Moscow

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul leaves the Foreign Ministry in Moscow on May 15.
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U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul leaves the Foreign Ministry in Moscow on May 15.

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