The Alleged Letter From CIA to Would-Be Russian Spy

May 14, 2013 12:27pm

Below is a translation of a letter the Russian FSB said was found on an alleged CIA agent caught trying to recruit a Russian special service official in Moscow. The letter, which was published and translated by Russia’s RT.com, appears to be instructions for the would-be Russian asset. Read ABC News’ original report on the developing spy scandal by CLICKING HERE.

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 to discuss your experience, expertise and cooperation. The reward may be much greater if you are willing to answer specific questions. In addition to that, we can offer up to $1 million a year for long-term cooperation, with extra bonuses if we receive some helpful information.

To get back with us, please to go an internet café, or a coffee shop that was 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 [REDACTED]. 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

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