Alleged Russian spy caught working in USA embassy

Frederick Owens
August 9, 2018

In the United States spy scandal erupted: the Russian intelligence services suspected the Russian, which is more than 10 years working at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and on duty had access to the internal network of the Embassy, email and databases.

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

The woman eventually came under suspicion during a routine security review by the State Department Regional Security Office, when two investigators established she had been having regular, unauthorized meetings with Russia's main security agency FSB, according to the Guardian.

A senior US official told CNN that the woman, who the official said had access to the Secret Service's email systems, was caught red-handed in a meeting with the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia's main security agency. It came shortly before a round of expulsions of U.S. personnel demanded by the Kremlin after Washington imposed more sanctions on the country.

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According to The Guardian's anonymous source, "her frequent contacts with the FSB gave her away ... numerous unsanctioned meetings and communications".

The publication claims that, after receiving the data from the state Department, the Secret service allegedly did not carry out an internal investigation, trying to hide a possible data breach.

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'We knew it was happening and it was just a process of playing it out, ' they said.

The secret service issued a statement that "did not deny she was a mole, but downplayed her role" at the embassy, reports The Daily Telegraph.

"She did not have access to highly classified information", the official said.

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

"This is of particular emphasis in Russian Federation", the agency added. 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 foreign office found her being hand-in-glove with FSB, Russia's premier security agency, during her near-decade association with the American high commission.

"At no time, in any U.S. Secret Service office, have FSNs (Foreign Service Nationals) been provided or placed in a position to obtain national security information", the Secret Service said in a statement. Foreign employees are relegated to "translation, interpretation, cultural guidance, liaison and administrative support" duties, specifically because they "can be subjected to foreign intelligence influence".

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