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Monday, September 18, 2006

US Army Counter Intelligence Officer Arrested in Moscow

A 29-year-old American Army intelligence officer, Christopher Garner, serving at US Fort Bragg Base, NC, has been arrested in Moscow with his Ukrainian wife Svetlana on charges of murdering the husband of Svetlana's aunt of in the Far-Eastern Russian town of Khabarovsk on September 7. The couple came to Russian from North Carolina for the funeral of the aunt. The whole story is fishy and looks like a provocation of the FSB (former KGB).

The FSB told local press in the Far East that Christopher Bragg was not a private in the US Army as he pretended to be but a counter intelligence officer. In Moscow, the couple sought refuge in the American Embassy and stayed there for 24 hour but then the Russian police purportedly persuaded the couple to "surrender", the FSB said. The arrested American citizen and his wife were sent back to Khanarovsk and put to prison.

No foreign correspondents in Moscow reported about the incident. No commentary from the US Embassy in Moscow was available.

Source: Kavkaz Center
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