Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Suspected Russian spy worked at United States embassy in Moscow for 10 years

Suspected Russian spy worked at United States embassy in Moscow for 10 years

The British newspaper the Guardian, citing its own sources reported that the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for more than ten years worked undercover employee of the Russian special services.

The Secret Service did not deny that this former embassy employee was suspected to be a Russian spy, but they insisted that foreign service nationals employed by US embassies do not have access to national security information.

"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", a senior U.S. administration official said.

The unidentified woman, who was sacked in 2017 after her security clearance was revoked, reportedly had access to the secret service's intranet and email systems, potentially giving her access to confidential information, including schedules of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.

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While the spy was given access to the Secret Service's email systems, the statement departments insists that there is no national security issue because she was not privy to any highly classified information.

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

The US State Department told Agence France-Presse it was looking into the report, but does not comment on intelligence matters.

The Secret Service said that any claims "regarding a potential security "breach" of U.S. Secret Service systems, information, or reporting is unfounded".

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'This is of particular emphasis in Russian Federation.

Then the Secret Service did nothing for months before quietly firing her.

"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 Secret Service went on to say that part of the duties of the FSN position in Moscow are "to assist our attaches and agency by engaging the Russian government, including the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian Ministry of the Interior (MVD), and the Russian Federal Protective Service (FSO) in furtherance of Secret Service interests".

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