Coincidentally or not, the actual post I am in the midst of working on was about Russia.
Making it more timely then ever.
Later today or tomorrow it will be up
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, sits in the FSB offices in Moscow.
Some of the confiscated belongings of Ryan C. Fogle, the third secretary of the political section of Washington's embassy in Moscow, being displayed at the Federal Security Service after his arrest.caption
The detention of Fogle, however, appeared to be the first American diplomat accused of spying in about a decade and seemed certain to aggravate already strained relations between the two countries.
Russian state television showed pictures of a man said to be Fogle, wearing a baseball cap and what appeared to be a blond wig, lying face down on the ground. The man, now without the wig, was also shown sitting at a desk in the FSB offices. Two wigs and packages of 500 euro notes were among the items displayed on a table.
No immediate comment was available from the U.S. Embassy. Ambassador Michael McFaul, who was doing a question-and-answer session on Twitter when the detention was announced, said he would not comment.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said it has summoned McFaul to appear on Wednesday in connection with the detention.
In Washington, the White House referred questions about the detained diplomat to the State Department. There was no immediate response from the State Department.
No immediate response. Which means this is a surprise and the State Department was caught unaware?
No 'plausible' explanation ready.
While taking the time to peruse several msm websites. I notice the tones of presentation from the western media ranged from amusement to ridicule and attempts to downplay this as commonplace.
Which it most likely is. However, publicly displaying CIA agents from Embassy's abroad is not the usual mode of handling situations such as this. I would suspect that most often spies are handed over to their home nations quietly.
CIA career officer detained in attempt to recruit officer of Russian security services in Moscow
If I may suggest?
This appears to be a message from Russia to the US. Something like, we got your number!
What do you think about this situation?