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09 August 2018, 03:46 | Darnell Patrick
Suspected Russian spy worked in the US Embassy in Moscow for 10 YEARS
The woman, a Russian national, was hired by the US Secret Service and came under suspicion following a routine security sweep carried out by the State Department, according to sources quoted by the Guardian, which broke the story on Thursday, and CNN.
The woman did not come on the radar of the US Department of State's Regional Security Office (RSO) until 2016, the year of the US presidential elections that spawned a wide-ranging hunt for "Russian interference" by the media and intelligence circles amid claims Moscow attempted to "sow discord" in the American society and sway the vote in favor of Donald Trump.
A senior administration official told CNN: "We figure that all of them are talking to the FSB, but she was giving them way more information than she should have".
'We knew it was happening and it was just a process of playing it out, ' they said.
"The US Secret Service recognizes that all Foreign Service Nationals who provide services in furtherance of our mission, administrative or otherwise, can be subjected to foreign intelligence influence", it said in a statement.
"She did not have access to highly classified information", the official said. Instead it chose to let her go quietly months later, possibly to contain the potential embarrassment it could cause. However, these workers never broke access to "information related to national security" of any state.
After an investigation, the RSO reported this breach to the Secret Service in January 2017.
'This is of particular emphasis in Russian Federation. "As a result, the duties are limited to translation, interpretation, cultural guidance, liaison and administrative support", it continued. In a statement released to CNN, the department stated the following.
"Reports of the timing of the individual's termination in question and the closing of the Secret Service Resident Office in Moscow correlate in any way are false".
A Russian woman, whose identity is yet to be disclosed, was sacked by the USA embassy after finding her to be a mole.
The Russian was suspected of espionage division staff of the USA state Department, which handles security at US diplomatic missions.
The State Department officials took until January 2017 to alert the Secret Service, who seem to have been rather lackluster in their handling of the alleged Russian spy with supposedly unobstructed access to sensitive data like the USA president's and vice president's work schedules, internal mail communication and intranet.
The state department later went on to concede the risk that foreign governments can pose to those employed by the USA government.
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