Spy case arrests expand
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.