Monday, 10 December, 2018

Suspected Russian spy found working in US embassy in Moscow

MOSCOW RUSSIA- JUNE 5 2018 The building of the US Embassy at 8 Bolshoi Devyatinsky Lane. Sergei Petrov  TASS Suspected Russian spy found working at US embassy in Moscow: report
Ellis Copeland | 09 August, 2018, 03:50

According to CNN, a Russian spy was caught working at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for over a decade before being fired previous year.

The British daily alleged in its report that: "The Russian national had been hired by the US Secret Service and is understood to have had access to the agency's intranet and email systems, which gave her a potential window into highly confidential material including the schedules of the president and vice-president".

The Secret Service has dismissed the report that a Russian employee at the US Moscow embassy, who was reportedly fired after her contacts with the Russian intelligence came to light, had access to secret data.

The security office found the woman was having regular, unauthorized meetings with the Russian intelligence service, the FSB.

The senior administration official told CNN that the regional security office alerted the embassy in January 2017 and that the woman was caught red-handed and fired in the summer of that year. She was sacked last summer around the time that 750 US personnel were ordered to leave the mission by the Russian government as retribution for USA sanctions.

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"We figure that all of them are talking to the FSB", the source said of any foreign nationals working for the embassy, but the suspect "was giving them way more information than she should have".

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"The Secret Service is trying to hide the breach by firing [her]", an intelligence source told the Guardian.

According to United States officials, that was because she was being fed information in order for investigators to see for themselves that she was passing it along to Russian intelligence.

"The damage was already done, but the senior management of the Secret Service did not conduct any internal investigation to assess the damage and to see if (she) recruited any other employees to provide her with more information".

Secret Service spokesman Mason Brayman, speaking to Russia's TASS news agency, also reiterated that foreign nationals employed by the US Secret Service can not have any access to the information pertaining to matters of national security.

'This is of particular emphasis in Russian Federation.

"When we identify an employee in violation of security directives", the state department continued, "we take appropriate action at the appropriate time". As a result, the duties are limited to translation, interpretation, cultural guidance and administrative support.

Declining to comment, the State Department simply said the following.

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