US diplomat in spy row leaves Russia: report

20th May 2013, Comments 0 comments

A US diplomat accused by the Russians of being a CIA spy after they caught him allegedly trying to recruit agents last week left the country on Sunday, Russian television reported.

Ryan Fogle flew out of Moscow, Russia's NTV state television channel said, broadcasting pictures showing him at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Russia announced last week that it had caught Fogle as he prepared to recruit a member of the Russian security forces.

He was shown wearing a blond wig on Russian television, which displayed an array of spying equipment, including a compass and an old-fashioned mobile phone.

Russia's foreign ministry declared Fogle persona non grata on Wednesday and called for him to leave the country as soon as possible.

© 2013 AFP

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