290 foreign agents exposed in Russia in 2014 - television

Russian secret services have said that in 2014 security agencies exposed 290 foreign agents and published several reports concerning the work of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers in Moscow, involving disguise techniques such as dress-changing when communicating with their informers.

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Russian secret services have said that in 2014 security agencies exposed 290 foreign agents and published several reports concerning the work of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers in Moscow, involving disguise techniques such as dress-changing when communicating with their informers.

The ChP program on NTV television on Sept.4 showed video footage of disguise techniques used by the wife of CIA agent Robert Hynes.

The video shows two "well-groomed ladies," the CIA agent's wife Laura Carlson and the wife of yet another CIA agent, Janice Chisholm, leaving the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and heading to a coffee shop.

Having entered the coffee shop, Chisholm went to the toilet while Carlson waited for her near the door. A while later, a man in a hat went out of the toilet and hastily left the coffee shop.

It transpired that this was a U.S. intelligence officer, Timothy Finnegan, and that the brunette who walked into the toilet was actually him.

Laura Carlson collected the disguise kit from the toilet. A few minutes later she met her husband Hynes and his colleague Steven Chisholm, whose wife the U.S. spy was made over to look like, in the coffee shop.

The spectacle with makeup and impersonations was played out by the foreigners in the hope that CIA officer Timothy Finnegan would shake off Russian counter-intelligence to be able to meet with his informer, the television program said.

The television channel also showed a video of a man wearing a hat, glasses and a carrying a baby in his hands on a more than one hour-long walk in frosty weather in Moscow. The baby turned out to be a doll used as a disguise by CIA agent John Granos, who was expecting to meet a contact. Granos is officially a secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

The film demonstrated a number of other tricks used by U.S. intelligence officers, such as a transformer bag seized from Ryan Fogle, which easily turned into a rucksack and changed color.

Fogle was caught in Russia as he was trying to recruit an FSB (Federal Security Service) officer. He also actively used dress-changing and hid on the floor of a car. It turned out that the spy was disguising himself with the humble job of third secretary at the political department of the U.S. Embassy.

A Russian security expert said that 290 foreign agents were exposed by security officers in 2014. This did not necessarily entail criminal prosecution or detention. This could involve a diplomatic expulsion and other ways to foil intelligence activities, he said.

When asked by Interfax about the fate of the U.S. agents mentioned in the program, the expert said: "All of them have already left Russia, and those CIA officers who are still here are under constant control by our counter-intelligence."

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