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Russian Spy Caught Working At U.S. Embassy
09 August 2018, 03:46 | Erica Roy
Suspected Russian spy worked in the US Embassy in Moscow for 10 YEARS
Among the U.S. Embassy staff in Moscow for more than ten years worked for Russian intelligence officer under cover.
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.
A senior USA 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.
'We knew it was happening and it was just a process of playing it out, ' they said.
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.
When asked by the Guardian, the Secret Service did not deny the woman had been identified as a potential Russian agent.
"At no time, in any US Secret Service office, have FSNs [Foreign Service Nationals] been provided or placed in a position to obtain national security information", Mason Brayman, a spokesperson for the US Secret Service, told TASS.
The discovery of a suspected FSB mole on its staff within the USA 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 any potential embarrassment.
The US State Department told Agence France-Presse it was looking into the report, but does not comment on intelligence matters.
The RSO reportedly discovered that a long-term employee was having "regular and unauthorized meetings" with the representatives of the Russian Security Service.
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. As a result, the duties are limited to translation, interpretation, cultural guidance, liaison and administrative support.
Later Thursday, the Secret Service released a more detailed statement rebutting claims of a security breach or any relationship between the revelation of the woman's activities and the closing of the US Secret Service Moscow Resident Office.
A Russian woman, whose name is not disclosed, fell under suspicion in 2016 during an internal audit of the U.S. Department of State.
The Russian was suspected of espionage division staff of the USA state Department, which handles security at US diplomatic missions.
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