If you weren't already convinced that the Russian evidence against accused American spy Ryan Fogle is rock solid, this newest revelation has to seal the deal. According to the Interfax News agency, the awful, unconvincing wig that Fogle was wearing when he was arrested in Moscow is a "match" for another wig taken from another accused U.S. spy ... in 1986. According to "sources," the evidence points to a working theory that Fogle has been tied to the CIA by a wig supplier they've been loyal to for nearly three decades.
As the story goes, the KGB took a similar wig from Michael Sellers, another U.S. embassy employee who was kicked out of the Soviet Union for spying. Believer it or not, the FSB (which is the post-Soviet descendent of the KGB) claims to still have the wig in their archives, and that it matches the two wigs found on Fogle this week. It appears Sellers actually was a CIA spy, and a pretty decent one at that: His disguise was convincing enough to fool KGB agents who knew his real identity.
Of course, rather than proving the FSB's case, this latest story only adds another layer of confusion to a very odd story. Why would the CIA buy all their wigs from the same place? Even if the CIA was buying wigs from the same, would it really match a wig made almost 30 years? Why would Russia hold on to the wig? What if the wig that Fogle was wearing is the exact same wig, thrown on his head to make him (and the United States) look stupid?? In the annals of Cold War spycraft, this might be the dumbest spy caper of all. Naturally, that also makes it the most fascinating.
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