In Diplomatic Escalation, Russia Publicly Exposes The CIA Station Chief In MoscowSubmitted by independent_thought on Sat, 05/18/2013 - 04:13
Russia’s Federal Security Service has publicly disclosed the identity of a man who it says is the CIA station chief in Moscow, in what experts say is a serious breach of intelligence protocol.
Speaking to Russian media about the recent capture of an alleged CIA spy in a wig in Moscow, an FSB spokesman named the CIA “rezident”, or station chief, in the capital.
A diplomat with the same name is listed as a Counsellor in the US Moscow embassy in the autumn-winter 2012-13 edition of a directory of foreign diplomatic, media and business offices in the city. It was unclear if he was still based in the country.
The Daily Telegraph has decided not to name the individual because nobody was available for comment at the embassy.
The naming of the top CIA figure working in Russia is likely to provoke an angry response in Washington, and damage important bilateral links in the struggle against global terrorism.
It is common practise for US and Russian intelligence agencies to identify to each other their top officials in their respective embassies, but they are not identified publicly.
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