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American diplomats, spies declassified in Belorkussii

May 5 2008

State Security Committee of Belarus exposed details of what happened in March this year in Minsk, "spy scandal" involving the U.S. Embassy staff in Belarus.

"In Minsk Group operated surveillance and detection, which consisted of Belarusian citizens, security personnel of the U.S. Embassy," stated the Belarusian TV Head of Centre for Public Relations and Information of KGB of Belarus Valery Nadtachaev.

He recalled that oversaw the activities of the group attache to the embassy's security Kurt Finley, who according to the Belarusian side is a career FBI. According to V. Nadtachaeva, employees of state security "at an early stage could prevent the involvement of Belarusian citizens in illegal activity" that can be qualified by article 356 of the Criminal Code of Belarus ("Treason").

KGB representative also said that agency staff had audited the group. It was found that the participants, the Belarusian citizens who were illegally shooting other citizens of the republic, were recorded on video and photo cameras to cars, conducted surveillance of the police officers working rallies "of the radical opposition."

The main areas of photography were a central part of Minsk National Airport Minsk, some settlements near the Belarusian capital. Collected by the Belarusian side, the base image has about 5 thousand photographs taken by members of the group.

B. Nadtachaev reported that after checking the KGB of Belarus "limited measures preventive nature and issued an official warning about the inadmissibility of illegal activities to all citizens of the Republic involved in the group."

Currently, all persons involved in the case left the embassy, K. Finley left Belarus in the 20th week of March. B. Nadtachaev added that the activities of K. Finley can life qualified in accordance with Article 358 of the Criminal Code of Belarus ("espionage"), reports news agency Interfax .

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