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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Report: Russians in Bosnia Spying on U.S.

WASHINGTON -- Russian troops in Bosnia are spying on U.S. military headquarters in Tuzla, the principal base for American-led peacekeeping forces in the region, The Washington Times reported Tuesday.


The electronic eavesdropping operations have been known to U.S. counterintelligence officials for months and were conducted from a van parked about 6 meters from the headquarters building at Tuzla Air Base in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina, Pentagon officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, were quoted as saying.


The newspaper reported that Army Colonel Larry Icenogle, the chief military spokesman in Tuzla, said in a telephone interview Monday that the Russian van remains parked by the headquarters building. But he was quoted as saying: "We have no indications whatsoever of electronic eavesdropping going on here out of that van or anywhere else."


A spokesman for the Russia Embassy had no comment, the newspaper said.


Other officials told The Washington Times that Army Major General William Nash, until recently the regional peacekeeping commander, was informed about the spying months ago but decided not to challenge the operation in order to keep good relations with the Russians.


A spokesman for Nash in Germany had no immediate comment for the newspaper.


The spying was uncovered accidentally by a Russian-speaking U.S. military officer who worked closely with Russian troops and found out the van, thought to be a communications vehicle, was loaded with electronic spying equipment, according to a Pentagon official.