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British spies caught 'red-handed' with rock: Russia [James Bond, fake rock,...]
CBC News ^ | 23JAN06 | CBC News

Posted on 01/23/2006 3:32:24 PM PST by familyop

British spies caught 'red-handed' with rock: Russia

Last Updated Mon, 23 Jan 2006 15:37:29 EST
CBC News

Russia's main intelligence agency says it has caught four British diplomats in a spy scheme worthy of James Bond for its use of bizarre gadgetry.

According to Russian television reports, a piece of equipment that can store and exchange classified information was hidden in a fake rock in Moscow Square, allowing alleged spies to upload and download information in broad daylight while appearing to do nothing more innocuous than use a cellphone or Blackberry.

Russia's spy agency claims British diplomats planted this fake rock containing espionage equipment.

Russia's Foreign Security Service, which called the spy rock "absolutely new spy technology," has also accused British diplomats of channelling funds to non-governmental organizations, NGOs, including one of the country's best-known human rights watchdogs.

On Sunday, Russian state television broadcast video that showed four British Embassy staff allegedly walking up to a rock to retrieve intelligence that had been uploaded by Russian agents.

"This is the first time we literally caught them red-handed in the process of contacting their agents here and received evidence that they finance a number of non-governmental organizations," security service spokesman Sergei Ignatchenko told the ITAR-Tass news agency.

Britain's Foreign Office has denied any improper conduct with Russian NGOs or fake rocks.

Russia's spy agency, which is a successor to the Soviet-era KGB, has had tempestuous relations with other foreign intelligence services, specifically accusing the U.S. and Britain of using NGOs to spy on Russia in an attempt to foment political upheaval in ex-Soviet republics.

The current spy crisis will be resolved "at a political level," possibly by expelling the British agents, said Ignatchenko.

Black and white footage of the rock allegedly being retrieved.

NGO members say Russia's allegations are just an attempt to justify a crackdown on their groups.

"This is an attempt to smear a well-known group with allegations of involvement in espionage activity," said Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a spokeswoman for Moscow Helsinki Group, a persistent critic of President Vladimir Putin.

"They are preparing public opinion for a government move to close us down, which they can now do under the new law."



TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: beebercompartment; bondjamesbond; doublenaughtspy; fakerock; hugh; jethrobodine; series; sophisticated
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James Bond, fake rock, high-tech.,... Don't laugh, folks. This is serious.
1 posted on 01/23/2006 3:32:25 PM PST by familyop
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To: familyop

I'd settle for the gal in From Russia with Love....


2 posted on 01/23/2006 3:33:36 PM PST by pissant
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To: Grannyx4; barefootscribe

ping


3 posted on 01/23/2006 3:34:44 PM PST by LongElegantLegs (Puppymillalicious!)
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To: familyop

Those rocks could work wonders in Afghanistan... big boulders perhaps.


4 posted on 01/23/2006 3:38:15 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: familyop

[giggle] [choke] [guffaw]


5 posted on 01/23/2006 3:40:50 PM PST by familyop ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: familyop

Kewl. But I still think it's kind of funny.


6 posted on 01/23/2006 3:41:23 PM PST by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: pissant
Who her?
Whoooo whooooo!


7 posted on 01/23/2006 3:41:27 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: pissant

I'd settle for ANY of the Bonds.


8 posted on 01/23/2006 3:41:43 PM PST by starfish923 (Socrates: It's never right to do wrong.)
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To: pissant

I think most of the women playing Russians in the movies were Italians.


9 posted on 01/23/2006 3:41:49 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: familyop

The CIA team that did so well in ITaly must be training the Brits.


10 posted on 01/23/2006 3:42:10 PM PST by Patriot from Philly
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To: pissant

SP KNOWS about Russian babes!!!!


11 posted on 01/23/2006 3:42:58 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: familyop

"Russia get it's rocks off on Brit Spooks"

Let me know when you pick yourself back up off the floor...

12 posted on 01/23/2006 3:43:28 PM PST by xcamel (Exposing clandestine operations is treason. 13 knots make a noose.)
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To: familyop

It would be serious - were it to come from more trustworthy sources. As the things stand, one could not trust them even with a short term local weather forecast.


13 posted on 01/23/2006 3:43:31 PM PST by GSlob
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To: familyop
Never send a fake rock to do the work of a real rock.

They just don't have have the stones.

14 posted on 01/23/2006 3:43:49 PM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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To: tet68
No....her...


15 posted on 01/23/2006 3:44:36 PM PST by pissant
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To: starfish923

Bonds or bond chicks???


16 posted on 01/23/2006 3:44:53 PM PST by pissant
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To: struwwelpeter

Daniela Bianchi was her name. Not sure if she's an italian bird or not, but certainly sounds like it.


17 posted on 01/23/2006 3:45:37 PM PST by pissant
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To: familyop

Hmmm... no USB port on the rock. It's a crude Russian fake.


18 posted on 01/23/2006 3:47:00 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: familyop

Fake rock? Please.
Next time, use a pumpkin!


19 posted on 01/23/2006 3:48:05 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Luke Skyfreeper
"Kewl. But I still think it's kind of funny."

I'm not good at deadpan (looking serious), even when others can't see my face. ...was reminded of the Jethro Bodine character in the Beverly Hillbillies in his "double-naught spy" act and laughed myself silly. "Naught" was once used to express "zero" in the Ozarks ('50s and before).
20 posted on 01/23/2006 3:48:24 PM PST by familyop ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: familyop
Saw this on a press release re President Ford just a few minutes ago: Ford's chief of staff Penny Circle a Bond girl name if there every was one.
21 posted on 01/23/2006 3:50:12 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: familyop

I've got to show this to my tin foil hat neighbor, just think of all the hours of entertainment I'll get watching him check every rock on his property.


22 posted on 01/23/2006 3:50:30 PM PST by txroadkill
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To: familyop; The Drowning Witch
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"There is no way that 007 can destroy this device....It's encased in a ROCK, by jove!!"

23 posted on 01/23/2006 3:50:30 PM PST by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: Jackknife

007: "A rock that can spy on the Russians? Brilliant!


24 posted on 01/23/2006 3:52:02 PM PST by RightResponse (What if the Left, just got up and .....)
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To: familyop
"Naught" was once used to express "zero" in the Ozarks ('50s and before).

It's Elizabethan English, and is current on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, as well as other enclaves of dialect surviving the schools of today.

25 posted on 01/23/2006 3:52:09 PM PST by Fatuncle (Were I not ignorant, I would not be here to learn things from you.)
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To: familyop

Looks like we are heading for the stone age after all.

I wonder what the shelf life of one of those rock gizmos is?

It sort of sounds "Low Tech" is that the best they can do?

I hope they don't see the string and tuna cans.


26 posted on 01/23/2006 3:52:24 PM PST by kentj
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
***Ping!***

You gotta see this cool cache.

Russia's Foreign Security Service, which called the spy rock "absolutely new spy technology,"

New spy technology, hahahahahaha! Ingenious, but terribly old hat. You and I stumble upon these quite often. ;-)

27 posted on 01/23/2006 3:53:37 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: familyop

Should have used pet rocks trained to roll away if uncovered.


28 posted on 01/23/2006 3:54:11 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: txroadkill

LOL! Everyone should have an acquaintance like your neighbor. They keep us going.


29 posted on 01/23/2006 3:57:28 PM PST by familyop ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: mtbopfuyn
Britain's Foreign Office has denied any improper conduct with Russian NGOs or fake rocks.

I swear that I thought it was a real rock!

30 posted on 01/23/2006 3:58:31 PM PST by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: pissant

Go ahead. She'll be 64 in a week.

http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0000938/


31 posted on 01/23/2006 3:59:25 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: struwwelpeter; tet68
I think most of the women playing Russians in the movies were Italians.

I don't know about the imposter in reply #7, but this is my kind of Russian/Italian. Might even be the hottest B[l]ond[e] girl ever.


32 posted on 01/23/2006 3:59:30 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: pissant

#32 is for you, cowboy.


33 posted on 01/23/2006 4:00:37 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: familyop
Sounds like a clumsy set-up by the KGB, oops, FSB, to get this NGO.
34 posted on 01/23/2006 4:02:18 PM PST by colorado tanker (I can't comment on things that might come before the Court, but I can tell you my Pinochle strategy)
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To: jb6

Our friends should do better than this. Whatever happened to microdots and meeting places?


35 posted on 01/23/2006 4:02:19 PM PST by familyop
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To: familyop

"I never joke about my work, 007..."


36 posted on 01/23/2006 4:03:21 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: familyop
Black and white footage of the rock allegedly being retrieved.

Not only is that a fake rock, but the bottom picture location is also fake. I've been to Red Square, aka Moscow Square, and it doesn't have woods. It is exactly what the title says it is; a very large area that's paved with red brick. There are a handful of large trees on the side of St. Basil's, not little Charlie Brown Christmas trees as in the picture, and no one dares walk on the yard.

37 posted on 01/23/2006 4:05:30 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: 1rudeboy

She works wonders for me.


38 posted on 01/23/2006 4:09:26 PM PST by pissant
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Darn near my age. ;o)


39 posted on 01/23/2006 4:10:08 PM PST by pissant
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
"She'll be 64 in a week. "

Just about right for an OldEagle.

40 posted on 01/23/2006 4:10:20 PM PST by OldEagle (May you live long enough to hear the legends of your own adventures.)
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To: struwwelpeter

This is true. The bond movies of the 60's were loaded with voluptuous Italian birds, but cast in roles of being russian and other euro countries. The blonde from From Russia with love was Italian with dyed blonde hair.


That was the hot look at the time.


41 posted on 01/23/2006 4:15:22 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: 1rudeboy
Might as well make it a favorite Bond girl thread...

42 posted on 01/23/2006 4:16:50 PM PST by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I've completely lost my train of thought.....


43 posted on 01/23/2006 4:19:46 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Slicksadick

44 posted on 01/23/2006 4:28:09 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Slicksadick

45 posted on 01/23/2006 4:30:13 PM PST by txroadkill
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

I still think Austin Power, International Man of Mystery got the better girls.


46 posted on 01/23/2006 4:31:01 PM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: pissant

I understand since the Palistanians ran out of rocks they're going to go to the wet snapping towel in their war against the West.


47 posted on 01/23/2006 4:32:26 PM PST by Republicus2001
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
I've completely lost my train of thought.....

I thought that trains of thought derail.

48 posted on 01/23/2006 4:43:46 PM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: familyop

Damn shame that this method of collection was exposed and is in the hands of the russkies


49 posted on 01/23/2006 4:48:20 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: 1rudeboy

Ooooh, thassa nice-a meatball-a ;-)


50 posted on 01/23/2006 5:05:48 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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