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Photos: Is this rock a high-tech spy?

Russia accuses British diplomats of using a communications device embedded in a fake rock to send and receive information.
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By Bill Detwiler on
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Russia's intelligence service has accused four British diplomats of spying, charging that their espionage efforts in part involved the use of communications gear hidden in a fake rock located in the vicinity of Moscow. The accusations were first made public on state-run Rossiya television Sunday night, and grainy images of an alleged British spy handling the rock--including those shown here--were picked up for wider broadcast by the Euronews channel.

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These pictures show the fake rock in greater detail, with the alleged communications device inside. Russian security officials said the device could transmit and receive data, in one- and two-second bursts, at distances of more than 60 feet to and from handheld computers wielded by spies, according to an article in The New York Times.

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