- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 11, 2002

From combined dispatches
MOSCOW Russia's security police yesterday accused the United States of drugging a scientist in a cloak-and-dagger conspiracy to steal military secrets.
The claims were a throwback to tit-for-tat spy scandals that dominated the chilly first months of the presidencies of Vladimir Putin and George Bush, and they sounded a sour note ahead of the two men's summit in Russia next month.
A spokesman for the Federal Security Service, the Soviet-era KGB's chief successor, said CIA officers posing as embassy officials in Russia and another, unidentified ex-Soviet republic had tried to recruit an employee at a secret Russian Defense Ministry installation.
The security service interfered at an early stage and was able to monitor the CIA officers' activities and prevent serious damage to Russia's security, the spokesman said on the condition of anonymity.
The service named two purported participants in the operation: David Robertson, whose post at an unnamed embassy in the former Soviet Union was not described, and Yunju Kensinger, reportedly a third secretary in the consular department of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The Interfax news agency, citing an "informed source," said Miss Kensinger had already left Moscow.
It quoted the security service's press office as saying that Miss Kensinger, like other suspected American intelligence agents in Russia, had not met personally with her Russian contact or contacts. Instead, she used secret drop points and messages in invisible ink.
State-controlled ORT television showed grainy footage of a woman identified as Miss Kensinger walking with other embassy employees. It also broadcast pictures of a plastic-wrapped package stashed among some bushes in what it identified as the Sokolniki region of Moscow, and an interview in a darkened room with a man identified as a Federal Security Service operative.
He explained that the Russian Defense Ministry employee, identified only by his first name, Viktor, had gone to a U.S. embassy in another former Soviet republic last spring to try to find information about a relative who had disappeared abroad. Embassy officers purportedly slipped him psychotropic drugs to get information, because he was found a week later wandering the streets in shock and with amnesia.

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