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(Reuters)   American with a large sum of money, technical devices and apparently a Groucho Marx nose and glasses disguise detained by Russian officials for being a CIA agent   (reuters.com) divider line 53
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2013-05-14 09:27:46 AM
That's one way to get rid of Bobby V.
 
2013-05-14 09:33:14 AM
Anyone have a link not behind a paywall?
 
2013-05-14 09:42:07 AM
Can someone supply the mission name and secret code please?

/I like this game!
 
2013-05-14 10:36:35 AM
 
2013-05-14 10:40:39 AM
Hail Freedonia!!
 
2013-05-14 11:03:22 AM
log in?  I don't think so.  who green lit this shaat?
 
2013-05-14 11:04:39 AM
They also seem to have detained the story behind a paywall. Bad subby!
 
2013-05-14 11:08:02 AM
Subby shouldn't drink in the morning. Not logging in. Fark.
 
2013-05-14 11:10:13 AM
Paywall'd.
 
2013-05-14 11:10:53 AM
 
2013-05-14 11:12:32 AM
www.bitcandy.com
The agent in question.  He's about to ruin the image and the style that you're used to.
 
2013-05-14 11:12:50 AM
Please Log In

Subby fail. The free market will supply an ad based solution that I will read while using the advertising to base my purchasing against.

/Tis easier when you don't fit in like an alien.
 
2013-05-14 11:12:54 AM
Double naught spy in blonde wig:

tesla.liketelevision.com
 
2013-05-14 11:13:27 AM
This guy clearly watching too much of The Americans.
 
2013-05-14 11:18:26 AM
Oh joy! A pay wall!
 
2013-05-14 11:18:28 AM
That description could fit any American who can afford to visit Russia, except that a lot of them prefer to wear a red clown nose.
 
2013-05-14 11:18:45 AM
Better link that includes full details including the text of the letter the guy sent to the supposed intelligence offer.

The thing reads more like a 419 scam.  Are we really trying to incorporate Nigerian tactics into our intelligence community??

"Dear friend,

This is a down-payment from someone who is very impressed with your professionalism and who would greatly appreciate your cooperation in the future. Your security means a lot to us. This is why we chose this way of contacting you. We will continue to make sure our correspondence remains safe and secret.
We are ready to offer you $100,000 and discuss your experience, expertise and the possibility of cooperation. The sum will be much greater if you are willing to answer specific questions. In addition, we can offer you $1M per annum for a long term collaboration with the possibility of earning bonuses for specific information that is helpful to us.
To get back with us, please go to an internet café, or a coffee shop that has Wi-Fi, and open a new Gmail account which you will use exclusively to contact us. As you register, do not provide any personal info that can help identify you or your new account. Don't provide any real contacts, e.g., your phone number or other email addresses.
If Gmail asks for personal info, start the registration process again and avoid providing such data. Once you register this new account, use it to send a message to unba­s­ggd­A[nospam-﹫-backwards]liamg­*c­om. In exactly one week, check this mailbox for a response from us.
(If you use a netbook or any other device (e.g. a tablet) to open the account at a coffee shop, please don't' use a personal device with personal data on it. If possible, buy a new device (paying in cash) which you will use to contact us. We will reimburse you for this purchase.)
Thank you for reading this letter. We look forward to working with you in the nearest future.
Your friends"
 
2013-05-14 11:19:03 AM
I wonder if, behind closed doors, Russia is really even slightly perturbed? They must be trying this kind of stuff all the time, too.
 
2013-05-14 11:21:09 AM
After reading the alternate link I don't know if this is real. I get this stuck in my head.

It almost sounds like the sort of scam you'd find in your junk folder.

/NO FUTURE
//NO FUTURE, NO REACH!
 
2013-05-14 11:21:57 AM

SkittlesAreYum: I wonder if, behind closed doors, Russia is really even slightly perturbed? They must be trying this kind of stuff all the time, too.


Hello!

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-14 11:24:45 AM
Who the fark submits this shiat?
 
2013-05-14 11:26:08 AM

GoodOmens: SkittlesAreYum: I wonder if, behind closed doors, Russia is really even slightly perturbed? They must be trying this kind of stuff all the time, too.

Hello!

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 700x840]


Looks like a squad of methheads.
 
2013-05-14 11:27:39 AM

abhorrent1: Who the fark submits this shiat?


i1136.photobucket.com

"It's how your typical Commie works."
 
2013-05-14 11:33:15 AM
Cue the Anna Chapman pics...
 
2013-05-14 11:57:07 AM
Russia is too up tight....   Geez.

The US lets a Tampa socialite waltz right onto CENTCOM a secure US military base.   Home to Central Command ??,   unescorted with no pass.

I think she drove in for many months with Korean diplomatic plates, and she is not Korean.

To see the head of the CIA ?

WTF Russia...  why so secretive?   Lighten up.
 
2013-05-14 11:59:45 AM
lol, no.  That letter is way too ridiculous on its own.  Then you just throw in the cheap wigs and it's like National Lampoon's Russian Vacation.
 
2013-05-14 12:09:54 PM
large sum of money, technical devices and apparently a Groucho Marx nose and glasses disguise

Sounds like a typical Vegas weekend for Charlie Harper.
 
2013-05-14 12:10:54 PM

fireclown: The agent in question.  He's about to ruin the image and the style that you're used to.


He looks like MC Hammer on crack.
 
2013-05-14 12:19:11 PM
From NYT:

"[The FSB] said that Mr. Fogle was detained on Monday night and that he was carrying written instructions for a Russian recruit."

Did they hold the paper over a light bulb till the lemon juice showed up?
 
2013-05-14 12:27:51 PM

please: Cue the Anna Chapman pics...


Send the ugly ones home, fine. But why send Anna back to Russia?
cdn.motinetwork.net
 
2013-05-14 12:29:42 PM

GoodOmens: Better link that includes full details including the text of the letter the guy sent to the supposed intelligence offer.

The thing reads more like a 419 scam.  Are we really trying to incorporate Nigerian tactics into our intelligence community??

"Dear friend,...


I wrote to the CIA at that address, unb­a­sggdA­[nospam-﹫-backwards]liam­g*com, and it immediately bounced. What did I ever do to THEM???
 
2013-05-14 12:30:38 PM

tricycleracer: This guy clearly watching too much of The Americans.


My thoughts exactly.

Spoilers ahoy!!!


Next season since Grandma Handler's gone back to Moscow, they should bring in Dolph Lundgren to be the new handler.  You want to beat my ass Keri Russell?  Go ahead and try. :)
 
2013-05-14 12:35:57 PM
I'm wondering if the problem w/. the NYT links fail, is that they won't work for everyone else if the submitter is logged in to their NYT account at the time they submit the link? Just a thought.

Yes I saw the alternate links. I'm not complaining, but merely suggesting a possible fix.
 
2013-05-14 01:04:57 PM

Comic Book Guy: tricycleracer: This guy clearly watching too much of The Americans.

My thoughts exactly.

Spoilers ahoy!!!


Next season since Grandma Handler's gone back to Moscow, they should bring in Dolph Lundgren to be the new handler.  You want to beat my ass Keri Russell?  Go ahead and try. :)


Seriously, fark CBS for stealing Margo. Her scenes w/ Kerri were the second best reason to watch the show (behind Nina in her underwear).
 
2013-05-14 01:30:59 PM

please: Cue the Anna Chapman pics...


www.wallsave.com
 
2013-05-14 01:37:48 PM
GoodOmens: "The thing reads more like a 419 scam."

Right?
They're offering $100,000 *to talk* and 1M *per year, with bonuses* for help... and they still feel it necessary to explicitly promise to reimburse a $500 gadget purchase?
FFS why wouldn't an intelligence agency just *hand them* a smartphone with an email account already created?
(also skipping all those obvious pitfalls that some idiot *is going* to step in, using a work/government machine, or providing their own info, etc.)
 
2013-05-14 02:12:36 PM

SkittlesAreYum: I wonder if, behind closed doors, Russia is really even slightly perturbed? They must be trying this kind of stuff all the time, too.


He's still up Shiatski Creek in a wire canoe. Sucks to be him.
 
2013-05-14 02:14:46 PM
That's the most ridiculous thing I ever heard.

So this is what happened to George Fennerman.
 
2013-05-14 02:23:24 PM
He had TWO wigs?  What the hell kind of mickey mouse operation was this?

Obama should apologize.  To the American people for having such an incompetent operation happen under his watch.  :0
 
2013-05-14 02:35:15 PM
Did he also have 3 pairs of pants, live in Philadelphia, and it never rains but it pours? Or have a big-a black-a mustache, smoke a big-a black-a ceegah, and is a real pain in da neck?
 
2013-05-14 03:28:29 PM
Normally, they only arrest the incompetent spies to embarrass the other side (such as the Anna Chapman ring).  We don't hear about the good ones that are caught...they either disappear or are traded for another spy.  Clearly this guy was a buffoon.

Of course, he could be a patsy to deflect attention from a real operation.
 
2013-05-14 03:42:30 PM
"special technical equipment"

an additional wig, a microphone, multiple pairs of dark sunglasses and a lot of cash in euro - along with a Moscow atlas, a compass, a knife, and an American Bic lighter.

Isn't all that stuff mostly normal for a tourist? I mean seriously. How do lighters and atlases count as special equipment of any kind let alone technical? Also, what was the microphone for? It makes no mention of a recorder, tablet, computer, transmitter, phone, game system, or pretty much anything else I can imagine the microphone being attached to. Did he seriously have just a microphone? What are we talking here, one of those toy mics from the 80s that you tune in your FM radio to hear?
 
2013-05-14 03:49:40 PM
The CIA must have let this fool loose in Moscow to draw attention, covering for their real spy...

...say, wasn't that the central plot for a movie back in the late 80's, early 90's?
 
2013-05-14 04:15:45 PM

WegianWarrior: The CIA must have let this fool loose in Moscow to draw attention, covering for their real spy...

...say, wasn't that the central plot for a movie back in the late 80's, early 90's?


Spies Like Us - a fine film.
 
2013-05-14 04:19:55 PM

Jster422: Spies Like Us


Thank you :)
 
2013-05-14 04:21:27 PM

slayer199: Normally, they only arrest the incompetent spies to embarrass the other side (such as the Anna Chapman ring).  We don't hear about the good ones that are caught...they either disappear or are traded for another spy.  Clearly this guy was a buffoon.

Of course, he could be a patsy to deflect attention from a real operation.


Or he could, yanno, not be an actual spy.
 
2013-05-14 05:20:29 PM
Где лоси и белкa?
 
2013-05-14 05:44:08 PM

Fireproof: slayer199: Normally, they only arrest the incompetent spies to embarrass the other side (such as the Anna Chapman ring).  We don't hear about the good ones that are caught...they either disappear or are traded for another spy.  Clearly this guy was a buffoon.

Of course, he could be a patsy to deflect attention from a real operation.

Or he could, yanno, not be an actual spy.


He could just be a loon, but its typical for a low-ranking diplomat to be a spy...the lower ranking and the more generic the job, the better.  It seems fairly liely that this guy was a spy but not of any importance to the CIA.
 
2013-05-14 06:35:34 PM

ByOwlLight: lol, no.  That letter is way too ridiculous on its own.  Then you just throw in the cheap wigs and it's like National Lampoon's Russian Vacation.


"They" are starting to say on the news (CNN) that maybe it's a frame, since the whole thing is pretty comedic. Supposedly real spy recruiters don't use outlandish costumes, and Putey-Putte is known for framing people by planting all kinds of "spy gear" on them.

Also if he was a real spy, Russia wouldn't arrest him, they'd let him think he was getting away with it, then spy on him.
 
2013-05-14 07:28:33 PM
Something tells me he just had wigs to avoid attention, being a US ambassador to Russia.  How else you going to sneak out and bang your mistress/gay lover?
 
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