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Suspected Russian spy worked at US embassy in Moscow for decade

Suspected Russian spy worked at US embassy in Moscow for decade”

A suspected Russian spy managed to work undetected at the U.S. embassy in Moscow for more than 10 years, American counter-intelligence have discovered.

The US state Department during the inspection stated suspicions against the Russian, which for 10 years had secretly met with the FSB.

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

"We knew it was happening and it was just a process of playing it out and giving her specific information that we saw her give back to the FSB", the source revealed.

However, a Guardian source reportedly said her dismissal was timed by the Secret Service to occur just after the Kremlin's expulsion of United States diplomatic personnel in order to shield the agency from embarrassment.

"On Thursday, August 2, 2018, The Guardian published an article by Nick Hopkins entitled, Exclusive: "Suspected Russian Spy Found Working at US Embassy in Moscow.' The article is wrought with irresponsible and inaccurate reporting based on the claims of 'anonymous" sources", according to the statement from the US Secret Service.

The Regional Security Office reportedly alerted the secret service of its findings in January 2017.

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.

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.

"This is of particular emphasis in Russian Federation".

A State Department spokesman would "not comment on allegations related to intelligence or personnel matters". Foreign employees are relegated to "translation, interpretation, cultural guidance, liaison and administrative support" duties, specifically because they "can be subjected to foreign intelligence influence".

In this December 2016 photo, Russian policemen stand guard in front of the US Embassy in Moscow.

All non-American workers are vetted and employed by the State Department before being assigned work by different agencies.

"As a general matter, we are aware that USA government employees, by virtue of their employment with the USA government, may be targeted by foreign intelligence services", the department said in a statement to CNN. Punitive action, however, was not taken as the matter was being probed.



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