Suspected Russian spy found working in US embassy in Moscow

Suspected Russian spy found working in US embassy in Moscow

Suspected Russian spy found working in US embassy in Moscow

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.

That the Russian spy could have had access to information that compromised USA national security, the Secret Service added, was "erroneously reported".

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

The woman was dismissed last summer after the state department revoked her security clearance.

The unidentified woman, who was sacked in 2017 after her security clearance was revoked, reportedly had access to the secret service's intranet and email systems, potentially giving her access to confidential information, including schedules of the United States president and vice-president. Per the Guardian, the woman had access to the Secret Service's files and emails and was even able to see Barack Obama's schedule, as well as those of former presidents and their spouses, including Hillary Clinton.

The Secret Service, however, issued a statement on Thursday claiming that the spy was never informed of any national security security secrets, adding that she was never in any "position to obtain" such information.

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The discovery of a suspected FSB mole on its staff within the US embassy in Moscow would be hugely damaging to its reputation and could have severe consequences for the safety of other Secret Service staff and those it is mandated to protect. Instead it chose to let her go quietly months later, possibly to contain the potential embarrassment it could cause. "As a result, the duties are limited to translation, interpretation, cultural guidance, liaison and administrative support", it continued.

The state department declined to comment on allegations related to the new reports, but said it was aware that "US government employees, by virtue of their employment with the USA government, may be targeted by foreign intelligence services ... when we identify an employee in violation of security directives, we take appropriate action at the appropriate time". She was also meeting regularly and without embassy approval with contacts from the FSB, the modern equivalent of the Soviet-era KGB. In a statement released to CNN, the department stated the following.

A Russian police officer patrolling a street in front of the U.S. embassy in Moscow.

The Russian was suspected of espionage division staff of the USA state Department, which handles security at US diplomatic missions.

"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. The name of the employee of the diplomatic mission and its post newspaper does not name.

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