Russian Claims It Caught CIA Operative

Ryan Christopher Fogle was arrested in Moscow with disguises, stack of cash.
2:04 | 05/14/13

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And now a bewildering international incident to tell you about tonight, a spy thriller. An american man detained in moscow, accused of being a spy and allegedly caught in the act, but the act was so baffling, it raised a lot of questions. Abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, with the details. Reporter: The russians say ryan fogle is no diplomat. They say they caught the 29-year-old american red handed trying to recruit a russian intelligence officer to spy for the u.S. They rolled out supposed evidence. Two wigs, three pairs of glasses, ziploc bags filled with wads of euros, a microphone and this letter, supposedly intended for the would-be spy. It reads, "dear friend, we are ready to offer you $100,000 to discuss your experience, expertise and cooperation. We can offer up to $1 million a year for long-term cooperation." It is no secret that the u.S. And russia still spy on one another. Here in washington, it's part of the lower of the city. This mailbox was once the place where an american double agent would leave a mark to signal his russian handlers. And remember anna chapman? Part of russian sleeper cell living a quiet suburban life who was expelled in 2010. But today's case is a little mysterious. Look closer at that evidence. The wigs. It's raising questions. Spycraft that seems more maxwell smart than james bond. Peter earnest, a cia officer for 20 years. The one thing a spy doesn't want to do is get picked up and have stuff on him that is spy stuff. Unless as the speculation goes, it's a total set-up. Reporter: Me's a spy or maybe the russians were just trying to embarrass a diplomat. The cia isn't speaking. Tonight fegel has been kicked out of the country, headed back to the u.S. From russia with love. Martha raddatz, abc news, washington.

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