Irish checking fake passport in US-Russia spy case

US said, they had arrested 10 suspected spies who had recruited political sources and gathered information for the Russian government.

Irish checking fake passport in US-Russia spy case

Ireland's foreign ministry is checking reports that a member of an alleged U.S. spy ring working for Russia may have travelled on a forged Irish passport, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

U.S. authorities said on Monday they had arrested 10 suspected spies who had recruited political sources and gathered information for the Russian government.

Russia said the U.S. allegations, aired just days after President Dmitry Medvedev met Barack Obama in Washington, were baseless and improper.

"The department of Foreign Affairs has this morning learned that a person arrested in the U.S. on suspicion of espionage activities is alleged to have travelled on a forged Irish passport," the spokeswoman said.

"(We) will be seeking to obtain further information in relation to these reports. The firm position of the government in regard to the fraudulent use of Irish passports is a matter of public record."

Ireland's government this month called on Israel to withdraw a staffer at its Dublin embassy over the use of fake passports in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai in January.


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