US diplomat denies spying accusations against embassy officers

The mentioned diplomats were part of the embassy’s security service and had contacts with the Belarusian police as part of their duties...

The US charge d’affaires in Belarus has denied accusations of spying leveled against the embassy’s officers.

“We have no spies operating in Belarus,” Jonathan Moore said in an interview with BelaPAN.

The government-controlled First National Channel reported on March 23 that a US spy ring had been smashed in Belarus.

The network said that the ring had been organized by the US diplomatic mission in Minsk and involved around 10 Belarusian citizens who passed to the United States information «for the use to the detriment of Belarus.»

The information was passed to «an FBI officer who worked at the US embassy,» the report said.

Almost all members of the group were grabbed on March 13 at a «secret address half a kilometer of the US diplomatic mission,» according to the report.

The report named two American embassy officers, Bernard Nixon and Curt Finley, allegedly involved in the spying ring.

Mr. Moore said that the mentioned diplomats were part of the embassy’s security service and had contacts with the Belarusian police as part of their duties. He stressed that Mr. Nixon had left Belarus last July and Mr. Finley was expected to leave the country this week.

The diplomat said that the two were not FBI officers. FBI officers who work with US embassies abroad hold the position of legal attaché and the Belarusian embassy has no such position, he explained.

Mr. Moore said that the US embassy had provided a list of all Belarusians working with the embassy to the country’s foreign ministry.

A spokesman for the Committee for State Security (KGB) could not be reached for comment on Monday.