At the US Embassy in Moscow found Russian spy

Suspected Russian spy found working at US embassy in Moscow: report

A suspected Russian spy who worked at the US embassy in Moscow for a decade was reportedly discovered by counter-intelligence officers and quietly dismissed past year.

The woman was quietly dismissed past year as the U.S. Secret Service sought to avoid public embarrassment on the matter, the Guardian reported, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to order 750 U.S. diplomatic staff out of Russia served to create a smokescreen for her dismissal.

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

The senior administration official told CNN that the regional security office alerted the embassy in January 2017 and that the woman was caught red-handed and fired in the summer of that year.

The woman had her security clearance revoked and she was dismissed shortly before a number of U.S. embassy staff were expelled by Moscow, following USA sanctions against Russian Federation.

"Only an intense investigation by an outside source can determine the damage she has done", the source concluded.

"The Secret Service is trying to hide the breach by firing [her]", a source told the British newspaper. 'The damage was already done but the senior management of the Secret Service did not conduct any internal investigation to assess the damage and to see if [she] recruited any other employees to provide her with more information.

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The Secret Service said in a statement that the Guardian article was "wrought with irresponsible and inaccurate reporting".

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

"This is of particular emphasis in Russian Federation", the agency added. Foreign employees are relegated to "translation, interpretation, cultural guidance, liaison and administrative support" duties, specifically because they "can be subjected to foreign intelligence influence".

When asked by the Guardian, the Secret Service did not deny the woman had been identified as a potential Russian agent. 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.

The Secret Service, however, issued a statement on Thursday claiming that the spy was never informed of any national security security secrets, adding that she was never in any "position to obtain" such information.

All non-American workers are vetted and employed by the State Department before being assigned work by different agencies.

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