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U.S. embassy employee deported on suspicions of being a spy

MOSCOW — Russia claims a U.S. embassy employee was caught trying to recruit a Russian counter-intelligence officer.

Russian officials say he was arrested Monday with a stack of cash, disguises, microphone and even a bribe letter written to a Russian intelligence officer.

When asked, the CIA had no comment.

A former officer with the agency says the evidence the Russians presented is questionable.

"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," said former CIA officer Peter Earnest.

After his brief detention the 28-year-old junior diplomat was returned to the U.S. embassy with the demand that he leave the country immediately.

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