Italy orders 2 Russian Embassy officials expelled for spying

ROME (AP) — Italy has ordered two Russian Embassy officials expelled and arrested an Italian Navy captain on spying charges after police caught the Italian allegedly giving classified documents to one of the Russians in exchange for money. The Italian Foreign Ministry said it summoned the Russian ambassador and protested the “grave incident” after a sting operation late Tuesday allegedly caught the Italian and one of the Russians in what police said was a “clandestine operation” to exchange the documents. Italy’s Carabinieri paramilitary police said in a statement Wednesday that the Italian officer had been arrested. The Russian observed with him was initially detained but not placed under arrest given his diplomatic status.