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Thursday, 16 May 2013

FSB Sez CIA Agent Nabbed by Russian He Sought to Recruit

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On Thursday, an Federal Security Service (FSB) representative told RIA-Novosti that the alleged CIA operative who attempted to recruit a Russian security services officer was detained by that officer himself, saying, “The man behaved like an officer worthy of his name, detaining the recruiter and handing him over to counterintelligence authorities. He’ll continue to serve; there’s no threat to his career”.

On Wednesday, Russia lodged an official protest with the US ambassador over Ryan Christopher Fogle, a US Embassy officer, who Russia said is an undercover CIA operative. On Tuesday, the FSB said that the authorities arrested Fogle, an American diplomat working as a Third Secretary in the embassy’s Political Department, on the night of 13 May as he attempted to recruit an officer from one of Russia’s special services. Later on Tuesday, Russia declared the diplomat persona non grata. On Wednesday, a source with knowledge of the matter told RIA-Novosti that Fogle would leave Russia within the next few days. Our source added that Russia and the USA “would try to avoid ratcheting up tension around the Ryan Fogle case, focusing instead on the positive aspects of their relations”.

On Wednesday, a man identified as an FSB officer told Pervy Kanal TV that the CIA has long been working hard to infiltrate Russian security and intelligence services. With his face concealed and his voice altered to protect his identity, he said, “Over the past two years we’ve observed persistent attempts by the CIA to recruit employees of Russian law enforcement and security agencies”. He added that the authorities expelled a CIA officer in January from Russia, saying, “We asked our American colleagues to discontinue such disturbing practices with regard to Russian citizens. However, our requests were ignored”.

In the Pervy Kanal interview, the FSB officer said that Russian counterintelligence was aware from the moment Fogle arrived in Moscow in the spring of 2011 that he was a CIA officer; consequently, they kept tabs on him. Our source said that Fogle’s attempt to recruit a Russian citizen on Monday wasn’t his first espionage mission, and it wasn’t the first time he had used disguise to attempt to evade surveillance. The US Embassy in Moscow hasn’t commented on the Fogle case yet, or on the FSB’s claim that Russia expelled a CIA officer in January. The US State Department responded briefly to the reports about Fogle by confirming that Russian authorities had detained and released a US Foreign Service officer.

16 May 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130516/181183204/CIA-Agent-Was-Nabbed-by-Russian-He-Sought-to-Recruit—FSB.html

Editor’s Note:

Let’s keep it simple. Diplomats are assumed to work for their intel apparats, full stop. Some are better at it than others are; some don’t go out of their way to dig up intel (but they do report what they see and hear… that’s SOP for ALL diplomats of ALL countries). Fogle was so amateurish that he smells more like an overzealous Foggy Bottom striped-pants dogsbody rather than a Langley spook. As it stands, the Centre does know about known Langley assets such as Potapov, Paffhausen, and Kishkovsky… and uses them to monitor oppositionists (of these three, perhaps, only Potapov’s aware of the whole game, but he’s powerless to do anything of it, as he needs Langley’s shilling to maintain his status in the District).

In short, Fogle ain’t CIA… no way, no how. However, he played right into the hands of people such as Rogozin and Shoigu (with a hearty assist from VVP, no doubt), who were looking for a pretext to kick Ambassador McFaul in the arse. Probably, it’s also part of the dance involving Yaroshenko and Bout. Fogle’s career at State is shitcanned… he’ll end as a minor professor at some obscure community college in the sticks… or as a stink-tank operative sucking up to nonentities like Terrence Mattingly and Rod Dreher. Now, that’s PUNISHMENT… naw, it ain’t “cruel n’ unusual”… Fogle tossed the dice and came up with “snake-eyes”. Sorry, Ryan… you wanted to play in the Big Leagues, didn’t you?

BMD

 

USA Ready to “Rumble” in the Squared Circle with Iran and Russia… Ura for ‘Rassling

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Svetlana LipatovaRussian wrestler… ‘rassling ain’t just for guys any more  More and more women are ‘rassling… the IOC pissed on them, too. Keep ‘rassling IN the Olympics where it belongs… keep political correctness OUT. 

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The USA wrestled with Russia over the war in Syria, missile defence, human rights, and adoptions. Both countries wrestled with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. Now, the three nations are wrestling… just to wrestle, in a rare partnership designed to convince the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to eliminate wrestling from the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. “The Rumble on the Rails” takes place Wednesday when the American wrestling team battles Iran in one match, and, then, Russia at the main hall of New York’s historic Grand Central Terminal. “Rumble” is part international exhibition and part charitable fundraiser, but the focus is on whether the IOC will be watching… and, perhaps, reconsidering its unexpected recommendation to scrap Olympic wrestling.

In February, the IOC’s executive board recommended that wrestling not be included in the 2020 Summer Olympics, a move that’d eliminate a sport that’s endured from the ancient Olympic Games through every modern Olympic competition since the movement’s revival in 1896. USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender said in a statement, “It became very evident to us immediately that this decision proved one thing… our international federation needed some help. Not just from the Americans, but from the Iranians, the Russians, from wrestling countries all over the world. Therefore, some of the best wrestling nations in the world will compete on one of the most unique stages in the history of the sport, for a unique purpose, which is to maintain our presence on the Olympic programme”.

There are eight sports vying for one slot in the 2020 Summer Games. The IOC board meets in Russia on 29 May to determine a short list of sports that could be chosen, with a final decision expected in September. Russian Team Leader Christakis Alexandridis said in a statement, “The three strongest teams in the world, the USA, Russia, and Iran, will come together to battle and to show the world that wrestling isn’t only part of sports, but a very important part of life for a lot of people”.

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Russia, Iran, and the USA… rivals on the world stage… joined together in an unlikely alliance Wednesday inside New York’s Grand Central Terminal train station for a wrestling exhibition to try and save their sport from being dropped in the Olympics. The athletes competed against each other on the mat Wednesday, but were united against a common foe… the International Olympic Committee (IOC), whose executive board has recommended that wrestling be eliminated beginning with the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The “Rumble on the Rails” event served as a fundraiser for New York-area youth wrestling programmes, but it also had the purpose of putting an international spotlight on the IOC’s proposal, which shocked the wrestling world when the IOC made it in February. Russian Federation team member Soslan Ramonov, who took part in one of the matches, said, “There are millions of kids all over the world who’re involved in wrestling. In any type of sport, the ultimate goal is to reach the Olympic Games. That’s a dream for so many kids. To deprive them of having that dream come true, that’s a crime”.

Security was tight at the event, with New York Police anti-terrorism officers manning the train station’s entrance, and bomb-sniffing dogs patrolling the venue. The event filled Vanderbilt Hall, a large open space inside the terminal, dwarfed only by the station’s enormous main hall next door. Bleachers were set up for fans from all three nations, and a contingent of Iranian supporters waived their nation’s flag and cheered on their team. Members of New York’s Russian community were less boisterous than the Iranians were, but no less enthusiastic. Grigori Lukiyantsev, who works at the Russian Federation mission to the UN, said, “I think it’s a wonderful display of sportsmanship and friendship”. Moreover, as to wrestling’s future, he cited history, noting, “It’s been part of the Olympics since ancient times. So, you really can’t imagine the Olympics without wrestling”.

In fact, wrestling’s Olympic heritage does go back that far. Historians say it was part of the original ancient Greek games dating from around 700 BC. American film actor Billy Baldwin, who wrestled as a student through high school and college, attended the event, and called preservation of Olympic wrestling a matter of social justice, saying, “This isn’t some kind of elitist sport you can only play with a horse and a polo mallet. Wrestling is part of life in second and third world countries. All you need is two guys and a plot of land, and let’s go”.

American team member Kyle Dake said that the camaraderie on display didn’t surprise him, observing, “We’re a brotherhood. We know what each other goes through to get where we are. I know those Iranians are working their tails off just like I am, and those Russians are doing the same”. Iran beat the USA 6-1 in the exhibition matches, and the USA prevailed against Russia 8-1. However, the result everyone’s focused on comes in two weeks, when the IOC, meeting in Russia, narrows down the list of eight sports including wrestling that are vying for a single open spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Then, they’d make a final decision on wrestling’s fate as an Olympic sport in September.

Dan Elias

15 May 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/sports/20130515/181170719/US-Ready-to-Rumble-with-Iran-Russia.html

http://en.rian.ru/sports/20130516/181177436/US-Russia-Iran-Tangle-to-Save-Olympic-Wrestling.html

Editor’s Note:

The three ‘Rassling Superpowers (Iran, Russia, and the USA) will be hard to overcome. You see, wrestling has ALWAYS been part of the Olympics. You could no more have a real Olympics without ‘rassling than you could have a grilled cheese sandwich without the cheese. It’s IMPOSSIBLE. Wrestling is part of the core of the Olympic ethos, along with athletics (track n’ field in the USA) and running. Everything else is mere commentary… the ‘rasslers, the runners, and the pentathlon athletes have always been the heart of the Olympic movement… nothing against other sportsmen, but that’s what is.

Keep ‘rassling in the Olympics where it belongs… who knows, if we can do that, they could bring back the pankration! Now, that would be a pip, wouldn’t it?

BMD

 

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