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Re: [CT] CYPRUS/US/RUSSIA - Cypriot authorities searching spysuspect's laptop

Released on 2012-03-14 18:00 GMT

Email-ID 385427
Date 2010-07-05 18:11:34
We had the Cypriot service on our payroll for years. I don't know who
currently owns them. Highest bidder no doubt. We would not need the
original, just first generation.


From: Sean Noonan
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 11:09:11 -0500 (CDT)
ReplyTo: CT AOR
Subject: Re: [CT] CYPRUS/US/RUSSIA - Cypriot authorities searching spy
suspect's laptop
Yes, the issue is whether or not the Cypriots hand over the gear to the

Fred Burton wrote:

I doubt they have the forensic capabilities to handle looking for
inbeded messages. The real question is will the Russians or US conduct
the exams?

Kristen Cooper wrote:

Cypriot authorities searching spy suspect's laptop

The Associated Press
Monday, July 5, 2010; 10:55 AM

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Cyprus police are searching the contents of a
confiscated laptop belonging to an alleged Russian spy who has vanished,
the east Mediterranean island's justice minister said on Monday.

Loucas Louca says U.S. authorities have requested the laptop and "more
than one" USB memory stick belonging to 54-year-old Christopher Metsos.

Louca said the laptop and USB memory sticks were confiscated on June 29
when Metsos was arrested trying to board a flight to Budapest, Hungary.
The items were not returned to Metsos after a Cyprus court released him
on $33,000 bail on June 30, after which he promptly disappeared.

Metsos is wanted in the U.S. on charges that he supplied money to a spy
ring that operated under deep cover in the suburbs. He arrived in Cyprus
June on 17, traveling on a Canadian passport.

The minister said the search is part of routine procedure to determine
whether the laptop contains information relevant to the case, legally
enabling Cypriot authorities to turn the laptop and memory sticks over
to U.S. authorities.

Cyprus Attorney General Petros Clerides will decide whether the
retrieved information warrants the laptop's transfer to U.S.
authorities, Louca said.

"We have no reason to keep the laptop if the Attorney General decides
so," Louca told the Associated Press.

The minister said that Canada's ambassador to Greece and Cyprus, Renata
E. Wielgosz, confirmed that the passport Metsos was using is genuine,
but said it was obtained using the identity of a boy who died at the age
of 5.

Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias said Metsos has likely fled the

Metsos' disappearance deeply embarrassed Cyprus authorities. But
Christofias deflected U.S. Justice department criticism, saying U.S.
authorities were slow in providing certain documents to Cypriot police.

Louca said he has asked for a report detailing events surrounding
Metsos' disappearance.

Sean Noonan
Tactical Analyst
Mobile: +1 512-758-5967
Strategic Forecasting, Inc.

Sean Noonan
Tactical Analyst
Office: +1 512-279-9479
Mobile: +1 512-758-5967
Strategic Forecasting, Inc.