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US diplomat in spy row leaves Russia: report

A photo taken early on May 14, 2013, and released by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) shows Ryan C. Fogle
A handout photo taken early on May 14, 2013, and released by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) shows a man, identified as Ryan C. Fogle, being questioned at the Federal Security Service after his arrest. The US diplomat accused by the Russians of be

A US diplomat accused by the Russians of being a CIA spy after they caught him allegedly trying to recruit agents last week left the country on Sunday, Russian television reported.

Ryan Fogle flew out of Moscow, Russia's NTV state television channel said, broadcasting pictures showing him at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Russia announced last week that it had caught Fogle as he prepared to recruit a member of the Russian security forces.

He was shown wearing a blond wig on Russian television, which displayed an array of spying equipment, including a compass and an old-fashioned mobile phone.

Russia's foreign ministry declared Fogle persona non grata on Wednesday and called for him to leave the country as soon as possible.

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