Owner of Irish passport used by Russian spies tracked down
By: Niall O'Dowd | Published Sunday, July 4, 2010, 11:20 PM | Updated Friday, September 9, 2011, 9:44 PM
An Irish native from Donegal
has been questioned by Irish police after it became clear his passport had been used by one of the Russian spies recently arrested in America.
' used the passport of Eunan Gerald Doherty on a recent trip between Vienna and Moscow
after flying from the U.S.
to Vienna where he was given the Irish passport which bore the the name of Doherty.
Doherty, a native of Carndonagh in Donegal, confirmed to Irish police that he had traveled to Moscow on vacation in the recent past but had no knowledge of whether his passport had been duplicated.
A local source told the Irish Times
that, before Doherty travelled to Moscow, his passport was sent to the Russian embassy in Dublin
for visa processing. It is thought he travelled to Russia
There seems a strong likelihood that the Russian embassy in Dublin duplicated his passport and that it was later used for one of their spies.
Doherty, a fireman, told the authorities he had no direct knowledge that his passport had been used by Murphy who lived in Montclair New Jersey
with his wife and two children. His wife Cynthia is also suspected of being a Russian agent. The couple are pictured above.
The 10 alleged spies have been charged with carrying out espionage in the U.S.