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Russian Spy Likely Worked at US Embassy Over 10 Years

The woman was reportedly having regular meetings with Russian intelligence
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2018 6:30 PM CDT
A man walks past the building of the Russian military intelligence service in Moscow.   (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

(Newser) – Reports have emerged that a Russian spy worked at the US embassy in Russia for over a decade before her regular meetings with the country's intelligence agency were uncovered during a security sweep. Per the Guardian, the woman had access to the Secret Service's files and emails and was even able to see Barack Obama's schedule, as well as those of former presidents and their spouses, including Hillary Clinton. However, in a statement to the Guardian, the US Secret Service said that no Foreign Service Nationals like the unidentified woman in the report have "been provided or placed in a position to obtain national security information."

Per CNN, the woman was dismissed months after she was found out in January 2017. According to US officials, that was because she was being fed information in order for investigators to see for themselves that she was passing it along to Russian intelligence. However, a Guardian source reportedly said her dismissal was timed by the Secret Service to occur just after the Kremlin's expulsion of US diplomatic personnel in order to shield the agency from embarrassment. (Read more Russia stories.)

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