(MOSCOW) -- Russian counter-intelligence claimed on Tuesday it caught an undercover CIA agent in the act of trying to recruit a Russian agent.
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), successor of the KGB, said in a statement on its website that Ryan Christopher Fogle was arrested late Monday night in Moscow with a stack of money, disguises and a letter with written instructions for a Russian citizen who was allegedly the target of recruitment.
Fogle had been working under the guise of a third secretary in the political department of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the FSB said, and his would-be recruit was only identified as a member of Russia's special services.
Fogle was briefly detained by Russian authorities -- at which point the FSB appears to have snapped photos and taken video of Fogel as well as his alleged spy kit -- and then handed over to the U.S. Embassy officials. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow did not immediately respond to request for comment, nor did the CIA.
The FSB statement went on to say that recently U.S. intelligence has attempted on multiple occasions to recruit employees of Russian law enforcement and security.
Russia's state-owned news outlet, RIA Novosti, reported that Russia's Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul to come in Wednesday to discuss the incident.
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