(May 20, 2013) It is clear that Russia's arrest and expulsion of two CIA agents who were trying to recruit members of the Russian intelligence service fighting against Salafist separatists in the Caucasus is part of a Russian mopping-up operation directed at the CIAs decades-long covert support for terrorists operating in the Northern and Southern Caucasus.
Russia's Federal Security Bureau (FSB) recently arrested Ryan Christopher Fogle, a CIA "official cover" U.S. embassy Third Secretary, who was trying to recruit an FSB counter-terrorism officer for the CIA.
A Russian phone intercept of Fogle's conversation with the targeted counter-terrorism officer revealed the following offer by the CIA agent: "You can earn up to $1 million per year and I'll give you $100,000 up front, but only if we meet right now. Yes or no?" Earlier this year, the FSB nabbed another CIA agent, yet unnamed, and quietly deported him.
The list of key U.S. Foreign Service officers, dated April 1, 2013, does not contain Fogle's name on the list of key U.