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US diplomat ordered out of Russia after security services say he tried to recruit an agent

Tuesday - 5/14/2013, 8:20pm  ET

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has ordered a U.S. diplomat to leave the country after the Kremlin's security services said he tried to recruit a Russian agent.

The FSB identified the diplomat as Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. They detained him briefly overnight.

The successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB alleges Fogle was a CIA officer trying to recruit a Russian counterterrorism officer who specializes in the volatile Caucasus region in southern Russia, where the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects had their ethnic roots.

The agency displayed tradecraft tools that seemed straight from a spy thriller: wigs, packets of cash, a knife, map and compass, and a letter promising millions for "long-term cooperation."

Fogle was handed over to U.S. Embassy officials, declared persona non grata and ordered to leave Russia immediately. He has diplomatic immunity, which protects him from arrest.

The State Department would only confirm that Fogle worked as an embassy employee.

The CIA declined comment.

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259-a-09-(Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy State Department spokesman, at briefing)-"at this time"-Acting Deputy State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell says a U.S. diplomat has been ordered to leave Russia. (14 May 2013)

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262-q-09-(Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy State Department spokesman, with reporter at briefing)-"way or another"-Acting Deputy State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell was asked what role the diplomat had at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. (14 May 2013)

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260-q-14-(Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy State Department spokesman, with reporters at briefing)-"way or another"-Acting Deputy State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell was asked if the U.S. diplomat who was detained by Russian security services is a spy. (14 May 2013)

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164-c-16-(Lynn Berry, AP correspondent)-"about a decade"-AP correspondent Lynn Berry reports the Cold War may be over, but that hasn't stopped efforts by the U.S. and Russia to spy on each other. (14 May 2013)

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261-q-08-(Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy State Department spokesman, at briefing)-"with them directly"-Acting Deputy State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell was asked if U.S. officials are concerned that Russia will be less cooperative on unrelated issues because of the incident involving an American diplomat who's been ordered to leave the country. (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 MOSB137: CLARIFIES THAT THIS IS CLAIMED BY THE FSB TO BE A RECRUITING LETTER In this handout photo provided by the FSB, acronym for Russian Federal Security Service, which they claim is a recruiting letter carried by a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, when he was detained, is shown in the FSB offices 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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APPHOTO MOSB138: In this handout photo provided by the FSB, acronym for Russian Federal Security Service, wigs and spying gadgets carried by a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, when he was detained, are shown in the FSB offices 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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APPHOTO MOSB234: 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) (14 May 2013)

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