Two Expelled U.S. Diplomats Alleged To Be SpiesAP , Associated Press
Jun. 25, 1986 10:14 AM ET
MOSCOW (AP) _ The government newspaper Izvestia, in a long report on the expulsion in May of a defense attache at the U.S. Embassy, identified two American diplomats not previously known to have been expelled from the Soviet Union.
The newspaper on Tuesday said the two were among U.S. ''intelligence men'' who had been expelled, but did not say when. It identified them as Richard Mueller, a former member of the U.S. Consulate in Leningrad, and Peter Bogatyr, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
A State Department official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Bogatyr was expelled in 1981 and Mueller in 1984. He said Mueller was ordered out in retaliation for the U.S. expulsion of a Soviet official.
Izvestia made no mention of last week's expulsion by the United States of Col. Vladimir M. Izmaylov, a Soviet air force attache at the embassy in Washington. The United States accused him of spying.
Izvestia named Bogatyr and Mueller in a long report on the previously announced May expulsion of U.S. embassy attache Erik Sites, who the newspaper described as a U.S. spy caught during ''a powerful espionage action of American intelligence'' in the Soviet capital on May 7.
The newspaper report was in line with allegations that appear regularly in Soviet news media that the U.S. Embassy is a center for espionage. The newspaper account seemed intended to reiterate warnings to Soviet readers to be on guard against contacts with U.S. diplomats.
Izvestia said Sites was carrying coded letters, a special camera and other espionage equipment when he was detained while meeting a Soviet citizen in Moscow on May 7. It carried a photograph of a man Izvestia said was Sites after his arrest, a map in Russian of his meeting place and some equipment said to have been taken from him.
Sites was declared unwelcome and reported expelled on May 14. Izvestia said the Soviet citizen involved was under investigation and ''there is no doubt that he will get what he deserves.''
It gave no details about Mueller and Bogatyr.
Mueller is listed as having been a consul at the U.S. Consulate in Leningrad in a 1984 edition of Information Moscow, which lists diplomats and other foreigners working in the Soviet Union.
Bogatyr is listed as a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in a 1981-82 edition of Information Moscow.
Izvestia also named four U.S. diplomats it said were ''unmasked'' but did not say if any action was taken in their cases. It named the four as Third Secretary D. MacMahon, adviser Peter Semler, Second Secretary Joseph Macdonald and Alex Grishchuk, a civilian aide to the military attache.
No details were given in their cases. Similarly, Izvestia said an embassy secretary-archivist identified as Martha Peterson and a special aide to the defense attache identified as Vincent Crocket had been detained on what it indicated were espionage missions, but it gave no details.
''The conclusion is clear - the United States is trying to increase its intelligence activities against our country,'' Izvestia said.