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Elmore Furth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:00 PM
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Russian Spy Suspect Jumps Bail In Cyprus
Source: Reuters

LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - An alleged Russian spy wanted by the United States has gone missing 24 hours after being released on bail in Cyprus, police on the Mediterranean island said on Wednesday.

Christopher Robert Metsos, 55, was arrested on the holiday island on Tuesday after being named by the U.S. Justice Department. He was released on bail but failed to report to a police station on Wednesday evening.

U.S. authorities believe he was the paymaster for a network of agents in the United States.

Cypriot police checked his holiday apartment in the southern coastal town of Larnaca but did not find him.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/06/30/news/news-us-...
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:03 PM
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1. Not surprised.
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 05:04 PM by no_hypocrisy
Not exactly John le Carr.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:05 PM
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2. A suspected spy gets bail?!
:crazy:
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:14 PM
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4. Yeah, apparently the Cyprus police were a bit pissed off he made bail
If anyone's a flight risk, it's someone involved with spying organisations and fake passports.

The Cyprian courts got 20,000 bail money out of it - perhaps they just thought they'd go for the easy money. :shrug:
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:17 PM
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6. Very low bail at that.
I think anyone could see that coming from a mile away.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:14 PM
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3. I'm SHOCKED!!!
This "bright shiny object" is nothing but a tempest in a teapot. Trial balloon. Diversionary tactic. It's nonsense and in a sane world would not gain any traction. It's nothing more that a lame appeal to the Baby Boomers who dived under their desks to again buy into that long discredited RUSSIAN BEAR MONSTER. :eyes: ENEMIES EVERYWHERE!!! WE HAVE TO KILL THEM ALL!!!

The stupid, it burns.

Can anyone post that graphic? My link contains an illegal code. :rofl:
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:18 PM
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7. I find the whole story with the supposed spy ring very bizarre to say
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 05:18 PM by LisaL
the least.
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The abyss Donating Member (930 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:46 PM
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15. Agree 100% !
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:48 PM
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10. "If it weren't for Miss America, Atlantic City would be sold to Cuba!" -- Archie Bunker
lol
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:16 PM
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5. If I were accused of this
I might do it too even if I was innocent. The publicity worldwide on these cases will be intense and the pressure for a conviction the same.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:42 PM
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8. Is a "paymaster" anything like a "bagman"?
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:22 PM
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14. Case Officer
He was probably the highest ranking member of the Network. He would have known everyone.
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:52 PM
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16. Field ops officer is closer.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:16 AM
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18. That's what a Case Officer does.
To be more accurate, he would be a NOC (Non-Official Cover).

The Russians have their own designations, but it's a fair approximation.
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:24 AM
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20. Sort of. nt
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:43 PM
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9. Post a chump change bail, hop onto your yacht, and sail away
Just how stupid are they there?
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eagertolearn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:50 PM
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11. I wondering what is considered a spy...how about our CIA agents?
I wouldn't want them to be considered that but isn't this what they are doing too?
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:53 PM
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17. "Agricultural attachs."
...The CIA doesn't have "spies." :D
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:18 AM
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19. Official Cover. n/t
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:10 PM
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12. Real bright justice there
If the guy was really a Russian spy, did they expect him to hang around for his interrogation?

That's like expecting Dick Cheney and Karl Rove to go on Larry King Live and tell the whole truth about Valerie Plame and the Iraq invasion.
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SunnySong Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:20 PM
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13. In other news Springfield nuclear technician Max Power may have used fake name. nt
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