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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 04:40 PM
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Russian spy suspect missing, Cyprus police say
ARNACA, Cyprus One of the 11 suspects accused by the United States of spying for Russia has gone missing after being released on bail in Cyprus, Cypriot police said on Wednesday.
Christopher Robert Metsos, who is 54 or 55, was expected to sign in at a police station in the coastal town of Larnaca on Wednesday but failed to show up, said Michalis Katsounotos, a police spokesman.

A warrant was being prepared for Metsos's arrest for violating the terms of his bail order, Katsounotos added.

Metsos was the only one of the 11 suspects arrested outside the United States. He was freed on bail in Cyprus on Tuesday after being held while attempting to leave the country for Budapest from Larnaca airport, police said.

"The individual should have appeared between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. to police. He did not appear by 8:00. Some additional time was given and until now he has not shown up," Katsounotos said.
Metsos's lawyer, Michalis Papathanasiou, told Reuters he had had no contact with the suspect on Wednesday.

Metsos had purported to be a Canadian citizen. The federal complaint says he traveled to the United States to pay members of the spy ring using clandestine and sometimes bizarre methods.

Metsos was surreptitiously handed the money by a Russian official as the two swapped nearly identical orange bags while passing each other on a staircase at a commuter train station in New York, Metsos said.

After allegedly giving some of the money to one of the defendants, Metsos drove north and stopped his car near upstate Wurtsboro, N.Y. Using data from a global-positioning system that had been secretly installed in his car, agents went to the site and found a partially buried brown beer bottle. They dug down about five inches and discovered a package wrapped in duct tape, which they photographed and then reburied.

Two years later, video surveillance caught two unnamed secret agents digging up the package.

This report includes information from The Associated Press. /
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 04:58 PM
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1. Big surprise. I think anyone could see where this was going
when he was let out on a low bail.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:00 PM
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2. Ya, I don't get the whole letting them make bail in the first place but....'s Greece and their laws probably differ a bit from what I'm familiar with.

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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:46 PM
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3. It's Cyprus, not Greece
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 05:46 PM by muriel_volestrangler
Cyprus has a flourishing Russian community, with Russian advertisements, media and shops selling Russian goods in abundance. Unlike any other EU state, the Cypriot government is also headed by a communist party, Akel, that has strong ties to Moscow.

Like many other members of the self-described Marxist-Leninist Akel, the president, Demetris Christofias, studied in Moscow. He graduated in 1974 from the academy of social sciences and is a fluent Russian speaker.

The Greek Cypriots have long relied on fellow Orthodox Russia, which wields a vote in the UN security council, for support in continuing negotiations to reunite the divided island.

After Metsos's arrest, and unexpected bail, Cyprus's ties with Moscow have led to speculation that he was allowed to walk free making the plot of a story that already reads like a classic espionage thriller even thicker.

Pressure from above? My theory was the court saw a way to make a quick 20,000 since he was inevtiably going to skip bail. They could have made it a bit more in that case, though.
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USArmyParatrooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:33 PM
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4. Why would you release a suspected SPY on bail?
Spies for foreign governments, uh... flight risk anyone?
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