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[ET] 120199 Russia holds diplomat 'caught spying'

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    Russia holds diplomat caught spying By Marcus Warren in Moscow RUSSIAN intelligence boasted yesterday of catching a CIA officer working under diplomatic
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 1999
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      Russia holds diplomat 'caught spying'
      By Marcus Warren in Moscow

      RUSSIAN intelligence boasted yesterday of catching a CIA officer working
      under diplomatic cover as she prepared to take delivery of what it called
      "military-strategic materials" in Moscow.

      Cheri Leberknight, listed as a second secretary at the US embassy, was
      detained in possession of a detailed map of the area, invisible ink "tablets" and
      a device to monitor and hamper efforts to tape her conversations, a
      spokesman said.

      Russia's domestic intelligence service also released photographs of Miss
      Leberknight, who is in her thirties, taken during her detention, as well as the
      anti-surveillance equipment she allegedly had with her.

      Alexander Zdanovich, spokesman for the FSB, successor to the KGB, said:
      "This is pointless to deny. Arresting a foreign diplomat or someone working
      under diplomatic cover is a very serious step so everything was thoroughly
      checked."

      The FSB was clearly elated at the operation's success, crowing that Miss
      Leberknight was the second female CIA officer apprehended in Moscow.
      The first, described as Martha Peterson, was caught in 1977. Rivalry between
      Russian and US intelligence has recently recovered much of the edge it had
      during the Cold War, with both sides accusing the other of excessive spying
      on their territory.

      Rows over espionage have also increased tension over Russia's military
      campaign in Chechnya and Nato's presence in the Balkans. President
      Yeltsin's recent walk-out from an international summit in Istanbul was
      presented at home as a diplomatic triumph and the detention of a CIA officer
      in Moscow is further ammunition for those whipping up anti-western
      sentiment.

      (snip)
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