Russian intelligence investigating possible CIA mole in Kremlin

U.S. President Donald Trump has been accused of revealing U.S. secrets during meetings with foreign officials

U.S. President Donald Trump has been accused of revealing U.S. secrets during meetings with foreign officials

The individual was key in providing information that led United States intelligence to conclude Mr Putin directly orchestrated Russian interference in favour of Mr Trump and against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, the Times said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday: 'I can only state that this employee existed, that he was sacked, and that we don't know whether he was a spy or not.

Russian media identified the suspected insider as Oleg Smolenkov, an aide to Putin's top foreign policy advisor Yury Ushakov.

The CIA, the State Department, and the White House have said the reports were inaccurate.

Pobjeda reported that it was unclear whether Smolenkov and his family departed Montenegro at the same time.

As the Times reports, "Former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current American officials insisted that media scrutiny of the agency's sources alone was the impetus for the extraction".

"I don't know whether he was an agent or not".

Smolenkov's work in the presidential administration was confirmed on 10 September by Peskov, who noted that he never held "high-ranking, [presidentially]-appointed posts" and was later fired under an internal directive.

Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House in May 2017
Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House in May 2017

"His position was not in the category of senior official", Peskov said. "This put does now not demand contacts with the president as such".

The CIA on Monday evening slammed what it called CNN's "misguided" and "simply false" reporting, after the cable channel's chief national security correspondent, Jim Sciutto, authored a hole-filled piece claiming that the CIA had pulled a high-level spy out of Russian Federation because Trump had "repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy".

Since then he has not been heard from, but real estate records show that an Oleg and Antonina Smolenkov purchased a house in Stafford, Virginia, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of the United States capital June 5, 2018.

The dwelling sits on a dapper piece of land with a manicured backyard surrounded by forest. A neighbor who declined to be identified confirmed that Russians lived in the home and were nice neighbors, but had left the previous evening.

Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated on 11 September that the Kremlin can not confirm if Oleg Smolenkov, who has been dubbed a CIA spy in the media, had access to intelligence reports during his work in the Russian government.

According to the USA news reports, the Central Intelligence Agency recruited Smolenkov several decades ago.

Months later, the agent relented as media inquiries about a mole continued.

"As soon as you launch an investigation like that, we know that there is going to be extensive amounts of intelligence that is going to come forward that is nearly impossible to mask", said Clint Watts, a former FBI agent for counter-terrorism. CIA Director of Public Affairs Brittany Bramell said in a statement that CNN's narrative was based on "misguided speculation".

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