Europe | Aug 5, 2018

Russian Spy Worked In US Embassy In Moscow

A Russian spy has allegedly been working unrecognized at the US Embassy in Moscow for ten years. When that leaked, the Secret Service reportedly tried to cover up the case.

The Russian citizen was hired by the Secret Service, which is responsible for the security of the US president. This is reported by the British newspaper "Guardian" and the US channel CNN. She was now under suspicion during a routine security check by the US State Department.

The investigation found that the woman regularly held unauthorized meetings with the Russian secret service FSB. It should have had access to the Secret Service intranet and e-mail system and potentially sensitive data. However, it did not have access to strictly confidential information, reports CNN, citing unnamed sources.

Secret Service wanted to cover up the case. An unnamed source told The Newspaper Guardian, that the Secret Service was trying to cover up the incident. In order to prevent a scandal and embarrassing investigations, the spy had been dismissed in the summer of the previous year "unobtrusively". This happened in the wake of the dismissal of 750 employees of the US embassy in response to allegations against Russia, to have interfered in the US presidential election 2016.

Furthermore, the Secret Service did not initiate any internal investigations to assess the potential damage and to examine whether the woman had hired other employees to provide them with further information. In addition to personal protection for the US President, the Secret Service is also subject to prosecution at the federal level. Representatives of the agency are deployed to various US embassies abroad.

Allegedly no access to "National Security Information". A Secret Service statement stated that all foreign workers could become "targets of foreign intelligence interference". However, at no time were these employees able to obtain "information on national security".

The US State Department said the reports would be reviewed. However, the ministry does not comment on intelligence matters.

Francis Tawiah (Duisburg - Germany)

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