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'US agent' in Russia sought Boston intelligence: Report

Published on May 15, 2013 4:08 PM
 
A man named as Ryan Fogle by the Russian Federal Security Service, stands at the receiving office of the Federal Security Service in Moscow, in this undated handout photograph released by the Press service of the Russian Federal Security Service, on May 14, 2013. Fogle, an alleged American CIA agent caught red-handed by Russia while wearing a blonde wig, was likely interested in obtaining information about the Boston bombing suspects whose origins were in the Russian Caucasus. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - An alleged American CIA agent caught red-handed by Russia while wearing a blonde wig was likely interested in obtaining information about the Boston bombing suspects whose origins were in the Russian Caucasus.

The Kommersant daily said it was probable that the suspected agent Ryan Fogle was looking for information on the Tsarnaev brothers who are alleged to have carried out the marathon bombings.

It linked the agent's capture, which threatens to further stress ties between Washington and Moscow, to a trip that a US delegation made to Dagestan in April in coordination with the Russian authorities to investigate the blasts.

Suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev travelled to the region of Dagestan in 2012 and US authorities are eager to see if he built up contacts there with the local Islamist underground.

 
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