Russia Captures US Embassy Worker In Act Of CIA Recruitment; CIA's "Dropbox" Gmail Address Revealed

Tyler Durden's picture

Following the just concluded recent visit by John Kerry to Russia, one may have been left with the impression that the tensions of the Cold War are dead and buried. Just the opposite it appears. In what may be a well-timed and orchestrated announcement, moments ago Russia announced that it had caught an American, Ryan Fogle, a third-secretary at the US Embassy in Moscow, "red-handed" as he tried to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to work for the CIA. There goes any leverage the US may have had in attempting to persuade Russia to relent on the joint-Western push to "liberate" Syria. Just as Russia, run by a former KGB spy, had intended all along, and just another slap in the face of the US department of state, which lately can't seem to find its way out of a scandal-ridden (and redacted) paper bag to save its life. But perhaps most amusing is that in the attached letter given to the recruitment prospect, the CIA give out the email address to be used to indicate interest in working for Langley as follows: How the times have changed.

Finally we wonder just how the CIA will recruit when the ECB finally bans €500 bills, allegedly used to facilitate "money laundering." Apparently spy recruitment is one of the bullish cases for the reddish banknote.

From Reuters:

The announcement came at an awkward time, just days after a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during which Washington and Moscow agreed to try to bring the warring sides in Syria together for an international peace conference.


The Federal Security Service said Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, had been detained overnight carrying "special technical equipment", a disguise, a large sum of money and instructions for recruiting his target.


The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had summoned U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul over the case and a Russian television station published photographs which it said showed Fogle being detained, apparently wearing a blond wig.


A successor of the Soviet-era KGB, the FSB said Fogle worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and that he had been handed over to embassy officials at some point after his detention.


Diplomats accused of espionage are usually expelled or withdrawn.


"On the night of May 13-14, a staff employee of the CIA, Ryan Christopher Fogle ... was detained by counter-espionage organs of the Russian FSB while attempting to recruit an employee of one of the Russian special services," the FSB said.


"Recently American intelligence has made multiple attempts to recruit employees of Russian law enforcement organs and special agencies, which have been detected and monitored by Russian FSB counterintelligence," it said in a statement.

Pictures of the agent's capture via RT:

CIA agent trying to recruit Russian intelligence officer detained in Moscow (FSB)

Ryan C Fogle, 3d secretary of US embassy, was detained in Moscow by the Russian counterintelligence agency (FSB)

Disguise allegedly used by Ryan Fogle (FSB)

Ryan Fogle inside FSB office (FSB)

Ryan Fogle’s pass to the US embassy (FSB)

Ryan Fogle’s diplomatic pass (FSB)

The handy European bills (each amounting to just under $700) used for recruitment.

And below is the letter that contained the printed instructions for the Russian citizen being recruited.

Expect a prompt retaliation by the US, which now has to expose yet another cell of Russian spies operating in the US just to save face.

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SheepDog-One's picture

A dimestore wig? Seriously?

Edward Fiatski's picture

This is so fucking awesome. LOL

"Atlas Moskva", RFID shield thingy, wigs. LOL

P.S. Send gay porn to

Gmail - monitored by CIA, thanks CIA for confirming. :-)

Spider's picture

Shoutout to GMAIL - its now officially CIA Approved!  Think this can inspire a gmail advertising campaign? 

GetZeeGold's picture



The CIA has gone straight downhill since sequestration.

Freddie's picture

LOL!  His smile in his photo ID's set off my gaydar a bit.  Maybe it is our gay muslim leader's CIA gay brigade of half wits.   F these people! 

Hope he watched plenty of Queer Guy on CIA TV for decorating tips for his new room at the gulag.

Damn - it is hard not to admire the Russians for exposing these evil morons.

Triggernometry's picture

Carrying a SOG Flash II and a rite in the rain note pad, but a shitty flashlight and even shittier pen, I won't even comment on the wigs and glasses.  Wtf, CIA, thought you guys had all the great gear?

francis_sawyer's picture

The sequester led to the firing of Rocky & Bullwinkle... It's been shitsville ever since...

Momauguin Joe's picture

Why don't you google it, and let us know what you come up with.

Big Slick's picture

This is the post-election “flexibility” Obama mentioned to Putin.  I hope Fogle learns to be "flexible" with his new bunkmates, “Little” Ivan and “White Power” Vladdy.

Ahmeexnal's picture

What's the FSB recruitment email address??

imaginalis's picture

"Fogled" = to be caught commiting espionage in the most obvious fashion

SilverIsKing's picture

All the good gear and props have gone to DHS.  CIA is left with discount store espionage tools.

I enjoy seeing my tax dollars hard at work.  $100,000 -> $1,000,000?  Wowza!

The Juggernaut's picture

After this major setback for the CIA, their new email was updated to

gmrpeabody's picture

I told him he should have keep the "Groucho Marx" nose and glasses...

But NOOO....

55 men's picture

So if i sign 3 people up and they all sign 3 people....sounds like an pyramid scheme

idea_hamster's picture

I'm sure you could get Icahn and a bunch of ex-Herbalife execs to run a better operation.

Blano's picture

Or a current Herbalife shill like MDB.

Triggernometry's picture

+1000, Imaginalis, I'll be using it from now on.

TerminalDebt's picture

100k to sign up, 1M to talk, more for real info.

not a bad gig, where do I sign up?


Tortfeasor's picture

Who knew the CIA and recently deposed Nigerian Kings used the same letter drafting style?

Chupacabra-322's picture

“You are either with us (CIA/Mossad/MI6/Illuminati),
or you are with the terrorists (patriots/nationalists/truth seekers)” -GWB

The only thing they are trying to keep safe are themselves from us.
Ever since the Zionists did 911, they have been scrambling around, killing potential whistle-blowers, and spying on ANYONE that might pose a threat to their power, and running more false flags to try and take our guns. (Boston, Sandy Hook, Aurora)

Archduke's picture

that's not really the point.
consider it an insurance retainer.

100K is significant enough to be noticed,
thereby hooking you in for future leverage.

1M to switch sides and risk your neck out directly.
100K to become uncle Sam's bitch on demand.

For the really crafty the recruiter will track the 100K
and see if the recruit does a decent job of hiding the
funds, the operations therefore providing even more

if on the other hand the funds are deposited in obvious
accounts. and yet seem to pass local checks without
being red flagged and attracting domestic heat, it would
mean that the recruit has the blessing of the other side
and is a double agent.

add as many layers of double-think indirection as your
head will allow, repeat, lather, and rinse.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Why didn't the Russians take advantage of the opportunity to place a double agent?

Maybe they were so insulted by the shitty effort on the CIA's part that they figured, we'll never get any useful information out of these dopes. LOL.

Or is there another agenda at work? Opportunities to establish a double agent don't come along every day, the Russians must have had a reason to blow this one up.

kchrisc's picture

"Why didn't the Russians take advantage of the opportunity to place a double agent?"

Because they already know all they need to know about the papertiger that is the US. hujel

Jack Napier's picture

Double agents became obsolete once it was discovered that all USG Windoze machines use the default administrator password.

thisandthat's picture

Maybe they're ahead of the curve, in that department...

Overfed's picture

Blowing it up makes them look like they're noble defenders against the the shady, dishonest subterfuge of the US. Well played.

sushi's picture

I just bought a new Mac Pro and sent them the reciept. Should hear back in a week. For $1,000,000 I can provide them with an unbelievable amount of information.

fuu's picture

I went as far as checking anagrams and zerohedge account names.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

I should send an email indicating that they have been chosen to receive USD $1,000,000 but first they must remit a small processing fee to the United Bank of Nigeria in order to redeem their funds. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

News headline, 5/15: Spygate escalates.  DOJ investigates Zerohedge as front for Russia's FSB spy agency.

Their mission was to destabilize the US, by demoralizing the public against own government.  Three Tyler Durden personae arrested.  Ring operated via offshore servers in Switzerland and Bulgaria.  More charges pending.

AG Eric Holder denies false-flag 'retaliation' to FSB spygate, saying that "We've had ZH under investigations for some time, as their site has very detrimental effects on our monetary and fiscal policies, and acts as a de facto enemy-of-the-state."  WH Carney deflects issue, saying it is a DOJ matter.  Nobel Laureate in Economics, Dr. Paul Krugman, says that he is 'relieved' that this has come to a head and that the Fed's sound and innovative fiscal policies can keep the economy moving forward.

ZH site shut down in US.  Many ZH bloggers say they are surprised and shocked.  Said one blogger: "I'm shocked. Shocked, I say!"

Ahmeexnal's picture

Wrong, ZH is operated by the BIS. The server itself is hosted in Zurich (hence ZH).

Sofa King's picture

Dude, you forgot to mention the Compass. I almost pissed myself.  A compass, really!!!

insanelysane's picture

CIA uses google mail but doesn't trust google maps.

Would have been classic if instead of a map book on table there were printed sheets from google maps.

Citxmech's picture

How 'bout the glasses?  JFC.

Momauguin Joe's picture

How about the three envelopes of freshly printed Euro fiatski notes? Looks like 500 Euro x 100 notes x 3 envelopes = 150,000 Euro's, carried around by one phaggy smiling dufus agent with a boy scout compass and Beastie Boyz wigs.  This story is smelling more and more like bullshit to me...

ParkAveFlasher's picture

+1 for Sabotage ref.  This is the best thread ever.

Shitters_Full's picture

I knew MCA couldn't be dead!  He's working for the CIA now.  I hope they didn't nab Big Bunny.

Blano's picture

Finest article commentary I've seen in a while on here.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

For those unfamiliar, the Beastie Boys video that clairvoyantly lampoons Fogle:

tip e. canoe's picture

my vote for BEST. VIDEO. EVER.

seen the kiddies remake?   another classic.

sushi's picture

Maybe Fogle was just recruited by the FSB and they provided him with the wig, glasses and map. When he accepted the Euro notes the FSB realized Fogle was either A) Stupid B) duplicitous C) stupid and duplicitous or D) Just your average middle class American and so they threw him back into the pond.

AlaricBalth's picture

Ryan Fogle must be the son of Emmet Fitz-Hume.

Russian Interregator #1: Why are you here? 
Emmett Fitz-Hume: Why am I here? Why are you here? Why is anybody here? I think it was Jean-Paul Sartre who once said... how do you spell Sartre? 
[soldier slaps him
Emmett Fitz-Hume: Owww... and let that be a lesson to you. 

Spies Like Us (1:13)

drdolittle's picture

Too many ups to count!

WTF is he using a compass for? No GPS? Too stupid to remember the street names?


CheapBastard's picture

I buy all my spy stuff at the same store he does....Ebay:


I'll never pay FULL price b/c...


I'm a Cheap Bastard.