Russian Spy Likely Worked at US Embassy Over 10 Years

Russian Spy Likely Worked at US Embassy Over 10 Years

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.

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.

They established she was having regular and unauthorized meetings with members of the FSB, Russia's principal security agency.

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.

"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 official said.

The woman had access to emails, the embassy's intranet, classified information, details about ongoing Secret Service investigations, and the Secret Service's system for tracking counterfeit money.

The woman had been working for the Secret Service for years before she came under suspicion in 2016.

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As per report, the RSO sounded the alarm in January 2017, but the Secret Service did not launch a full-scale inquiry of its own.

Asked detailed questions about the investigation into the woman, and her dismissal, the Secret Service attempted to downplay the significance of her role. However, the woman continued to work at the embassy for some time before the secret service "decided to let her go quietly months later, possibly to contain any potential embarrassment", says The Guardian.

The Secret Service "recognizes that all Foreign Service Nationals (FSN) who provide services in furtherance of our mission, administrative or otherwise, can be subjected to foreign intelligence influence", the statement said.

All non-American workers are vetted and employed by the State Department before being assigned work by different agencies. In a statement released to CNN, the department stated the following.

"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.

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

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