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Russia bans alleged CIA operative in espionage flap

Security officials say man aimed to recruit a spy

MOSCOW — He arrived at the meeting with two wigs — the blond one on his head held in place by a baseball cap, a brown one in his knapsack, which also held a compass, a Moscow street atlas and $130,000 in cash. He was an operative for the CIA, Russian officials say, and his goal was to recruit a Russian security officer as a spy.

He even carried a letter offering ‘‘up to $1 million a year for long-term cooperation’’ and signed affectionately, ‘‘Your friends.’’

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