Skip to comments.British spies caught 'red-handed' with rock: Russia [James Bond, fake rock,...]
Posted on 01/23/2006 3:32:24 PM PST by familyop
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 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.
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."
I'd settle for the gal in From Russia with Love....
Those rocks could work wonders in Afghanistan... big boulders perhaps.
[giggle] [choke] [guffaw]
Kewl. But I still think it's kind of funny.
I'd settle for ANY of the Bonds.
I think most of the women playing Russians in the movies were Italians.
The CIA team that did so well in ITaly must be training the Brits.
SP KNOWS about Russian babes!!!!
Let me know when you pick yourself back up off the floor...
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.
They just don't have have the stones.
Bonds or bond chicks???
Daniela Bianchi was her name. Not sure if she's an italian bird or not, but certainly sounds like it.
Hmmm... no USB port on the rock. It's a crude Russian fake.
Fake rock? Please.
Next time, use a pumpkin!