Spy case ar­rests ex­pand

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - NATION WATCH - The As­so­ci­ated Press

A money man for a Rus­sian spy ring whose mem­bers were as­signed to in­fil­trate Amer­i­can so­ci­ety was cap­tured over­seas, au­thor­i­ties said Tues­day.

The 11th sus­pect, us­ing the name Christo­pher Met­sos and pur­port­ing to be a Cana­dian cit­i­zen, was ar­rested at the Lar­naca air­port in Cyprus while try­ing to fly to Budapest, Hun­gary, po­lice in the Mediter­ranean is­land nation said. He was re­leased on bail.

The FBI’s ar­rests of 10 Rus­sian spy sus­pects had to be car­ried out Sun­day partly be­cause one of the de­fen­dants was sched­uled to leave the United States, a Jus­tice Depart­ment spokesman said Tues­day.

Depart­ment spokesman Dean Boyd de­clined to iden­tify which of the 10 de­fen­dants ar­rested Sun­day was plan­ning to leave.

Boyd also said the ar­rests “had to be car­ried out Sun­day for sev­eral crit­i­cal law en­force­ment and op­er­a­tional rea­sons.”

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was aware of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore he met with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Dmitry Medvedev at the White House on Thurs­day.

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