- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

An American was detained by Russian authorities late Monday, amid accusations he was trying to spy for the CIA.

He’s been subsequently turned over to American authorities.

The man worked at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Russia alleges the U.S. citizen was caught trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to work for the Central Intelligence Agency, Reuters reported.

A spokesman for the Federal Security Service identified the man as Ryan Fogle. He worked as a third secretary at the embassy. Authorities allegedly discovered a large sum of money and instructions for the Russian agent he was trying to recruit in his possession, when he was detained.

The unnamed spokesman also said Mr. Fogle was transporting “special technical equipment” along with the “means for changing one’s appearance,” Reuters said.

In this handout photo provided by the FSB, acronym for Russian Federal Security Service, a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, is detained in Moscow, early Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Russia's security services say they have caught a U.S. diplomat who they claim is a CIA agent in a red-handed attempt to recruit a Russian agent. (AP Photo/FSB Public Relations Center)
In this handout photo provided by the FSB, acronym for Russian Federal ... more >

He was detained and then handed over to U.S. officials.

Russia’s decision to publicize the espionage suspicions and detention is viewed by diplomatic experts as highly unusual among friendly countries.

It comes less than a month after dozens of U.S. elected officials criticized Russian authorities for failing to raise alarms about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.

Tsarnaev, a U.S.-based ethnic Chechen, traveled to Russia for six months last year and returned with a radicalized view of Islam. He was killed following a shootout with police days after the bombing. His brother and fellow suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, remains in federal custody.