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UK Spies Used Fake Rock To Gather Intelligence On Russia, Former Official Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 20, 2012

LONDON — It was the spy saga that sounded too implausible to be true – British intelligence officers communicating with Russian agents using equipment hidden inside a fake rock left in a Moscow park.

Now Tony Blair’s ex-chief of staff Jonathan Powell has acknowledged that Russia’s accusations against Britain over the 2006 affair were correct, the first official acknowledgment of the espionage plot that soured ties between London and the Kremlin.

At the time, Russian state television broadcast footage which appeared to show four British officials placing or retrieving the fake rock, and exposed the sophisticated communications equipment inside the plastic boulder.

Blair – then the British prime minister – declined to comment on the issue and Britain’s government has never confirmed the Russian allegations, citing a long standing policy not to discuss intelligence issues.

Powell, however, told the BBC in a documentary broadcast Thursday that British spies had been caught red handed.

“There’s not much you can say, you can’t really call up and say ‘I’m terribly sorry about that, it won’t happen again’. I mean, they had us bang to rights,” said Powell, Blair’s chief of staff throughout his decade in office. Read the rest of this entry »

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