What spy? Kremlin mocks aide recruited by Central Intelligence Agency as a boozy nobody

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

The individual had been providing information to USA intelligence for decades, had access to Putin and had sent pictures of high-level documents on the Russian leader's desk, CNN said.

Zakharova said Russian Federation had opened a criminal case after their disappearance and had now learned via the media that Smolenkov and his family were in the United States.

According to Zakharova, CNN correspondents did not ask for the comments of the Russian side while preparing the report.

He drank too much, abandoned his sick, aged mother and - most important of all for Russian Federation in its own account of the man portrayed in the United States as a highly valued spy burrowed deep into the Kremlin - he had no contact whatsoever with President Vladimir V. Putin.

She said questions were asked to the United States authorities via the Interpol on the circumstances of Smolenkov's disappearance and his alleged presence in the U.S.

She did not clarify when Moscow had sent the note.

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

Russian national Oleg Smolenkov, who is suspected of spying within the country's government for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), "disappeared" with his family in 2017 into the "territory of a foreign state", and a criminal case was opened following the incident, she said. This information was refuted by Lavrov, who said no secrets were let out at the meeting with Trump and former U.S. top diplomat Rex Tillerson, which was confirmed by then the National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster. He was reported to have disappeared with his wife, Antonina, and three children while on holiday in Montenegro in June 2017.

At the same time, Zakharova called the publication that Smolenkov worked for the Central Intelligence Agency "classical propaganda".

On Wednesday, Russian daily newspaper Vedomosti cited an unnamed source close to the security services as saying Smolenkov had latterly worked for at least five years as a top aide to Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov and that he had access to "very sensitive information, including intelligence information".

The informant reportedly confirmed to U.S. intelligence that Putin directed Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, straining superpower relations and casting a cloud over Donald Trump's stunning victory.

The Kremlin said separately on Wednesday it did not know if one of its former employees had been a CIA informant, but that Russia's intelligence services were working on the case.


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