Suspected Russian spy found working in United States embassy in Moscow

Pauline Gross
August 9, 2018

The Guardian reported earlier that American counter-intelligence forces detected a Russian woman, who had been working for many years in the US Embassy in Moscow and had an access to classified information.

The Secret Service did not deny suspicions about the woman's loyalties in a statement to The Guardian, but claimed that no foreign nationals had any access to information pertaining to national security.

The senior administration official said she was sacked last summer after being caught red-handed.

"We figure that all of them are talking to the FSB, but she was giving them way more information than she should have", an official told CNN.

"Local employees of USA embassies overseas, working for the Secret service of the United States, never had access to secret or confidential information", reported the BBC.

The Secret Service downplayed the incident.

"At no time, in any US Secret Service office, have FSNs [Foreign Service Nationals] been provided or placed in a position to obtain national security information", Mason Brayman, a spokesperson for the US Secret Service, told TASS.

State shared the information in January 2017 but the Secret Service did not conduct its own investigation, opting to quietly let her go to avoid embarrassment, according to the report.

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The investigators found out that she kept in contact with FSB officers. It came shortly before a round of expulsions of USA personnel demanded by the Kremlin after Washington imposed more sanctions on the country.

Members of Trump's national security team said that US intelligence officials are anxious Russian Federation and perhaps other foreign powers will look to interfere in November's midterm elections.

"When we identify an employee in violation of security directives", the state department continued, "we take appropriate action at the appropriate time".

"This is of particular emphasis in Russian Federation", the agency added.

"It was specifically the duties of the FSN position in Moscow to assist our attaches and agency by engaging the Russian government, including the Russian Federal Security Service, the Russian Ministry of the Interior, and the Russian Federal Protective Service in furtherance of Secret Service interests".

The RSO reportedly discovered that a long-term employee was having "regular and unauthorized meetings" with the representatives of the Russian Security Service.

"We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide by the United States", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said.

Other reports by GizPress

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