Russia Today - Russian tv shows arrest of accused US spy

MOSCOW, Dec 5, 1999 -- (AFP) Russian television on Saturday showed film taken by the FSB security service (former KGB) of the arrest of a U.S. diplomat this week on spying charges.

The tape, shown on the NTV and ORT stations, is said to show Cheri Leberknight, 33, a second secretary in the US embassy's political-military section, trying to get secret military documents from a Russian citizen.

The images show police intercepting a long-haired, bespectacled woman first in a park in the east of Moscow, and then interviewing her in FSB headquarters.

Images of anti-radar equipment found in her possession and said to belong to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were also shown.

Television reports said the equipment could be used to listen in on radio and walkie-talkie conversations from up to 300 meters (990 feet).

NTV said Leberknight had already worked for the CIA whilst in Nigeria from 1993 to 1995 and in Zimbabwe, from 1995 to 1997.

Leberknight was arrested Monday but soon released. On Thursday she was given 10 days to leave the country, after being declared persona non grata.

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