American diplomat Ryan C. Fogle was briefly detained by the Russian State Security Service and then ordered to leave the country after being accused of trying to recruit a Russian officer to work as a U.S. agent, Russian officials said Tuesday.
A man identified by the Russian State Security Service, or FSB, as Ryan Fogle lies on the ground during his detention in this undated photo released by the service. Russia said Tuesday that it had caught the American trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to work for the CIA, a throwback to the Cold War era that risks upsetting efforts to improve relations. The FSB said Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, had been detained overnight carrying “special technical equipment,” including a disguise, a large sum of money and instructions for recruiting his target. The U.S. Embassy declined to comment.Reuters