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Russia Deports Woman for Net Suspicion

January 30, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ FBI agents spoke for hours with an American woman deported from Russia by officials who said she made Internet contact with Islamic extremists.

Megan McRee arrived Wednesday night at Los Angeles International Airport on an Aeroflot airliner from Moscow, said bureau spokeswoman Laura Bosley.

The FBI declined to provide personal details about McCree. It was not immediately known how long she might be detained. McRee had not been charged with any crime, Bosley said.

McRee had lived in Moscow without registering her visa as required by law, according to the Russian Federal Security Service.

The Russian agency also said she had made Internet contact with several Islamic extremist organizations and proposed various ``scenarios″ for terrorist actions in the United States.

State-run TV Rossiya broadcast a report saying McRee had attempted to contact al-Qaida and the Islamic Brotherhood, and had proposed attacks on ``Hollywood studios and Hollywood actors.″

``None of these reports have been corroborated,″ Bosley said.

The TV report also said McRee had told authorities she had left the United States several years ago because she was being persecuted by the CIA and that she had lived in Romania before coming to Russia in 2001.

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