Russia says it caught a CIA agent with a spy kit on a recruiting mission. But the episode looks staged, even if Ryan Fogle actually is an agent, says Andrew Kuchins, director and senior fellow of the Russia and Eurasia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Ryan -- apparently that he third political secretary in the US. Embassy in Moscow has been apprehended by the Russian intelligence officials at various materials. Including. -- letter to is that target. A couple of weeks. And other stuff the evidence looks kind of dubious in the fact that Russia today. -- TV camera nearby when he was apprehended. Also those reasons discussions. About two. Whether this was an actual setup. And from the standpoint of a trade craft who we've seen in video we've seen the materials. It all looks a little bit hokey. It makes the FX expects as a series on the Americans the other Soviet -- nearly 1980s the actually much more realistic. You know you would think that here -- -- twenty with a twenty years past into the Cold War that espionage between our two countries that would have decreased significantly. The of the rubble of espionage. From the Russians. Here in the United States and especially Washington it is or perhaps even higher. And anytime during the during the Cold War. Local -- be that would be to deported to united United States and likely there would be reciprocal act taken by the Americans to -- Asia. Any Russian spy from United States.