UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — On Monday, the US press reported that the CIA had recruited an agent in Russia several decades ago before he became a Kremlin adviser. If Moscow nuanced these revelations by challenging the high rank of the spy, the White House denounced “inaccurate information”.
It is a game of behind-the-scenes chess whose consequences have largely defended political news and opinion. The CIA recruited an agent in Russia several decades ago, watched him climb the ladder of Russian power to become a Kremlin advisor, transfer information to the US services about Russian interference in the presidential elections. American 2016 … then be extradited to the United States. These are the highlights of the revelations published one after another by CNN and the New York Times.
According to the New York daily, which highlights the many interviews he conducted with officials of the US administration, the US spy was not a member of the first circle of Vladimir Putin but still saw him regularly and attended the decision makers of the Russian state summit as part of his duties.
It is according to the information provided by this spy that the CIA has been able to support the three main axes of its investigation around Russian manipulations in the American campaign: the orchestration of this interference by Vladimir Putin himself, the preference given to Donald Trump, and the hacking of the Democratic National Committee leading notably to the disclosure of emails from Hillary Clinton.
The material transmitted by this look from the inside was so sensitive that the CIA verified the reliability of the work of this one by scrutinizing its activity several years before.
The age of suspicion
The secret service had another reason to re-examine the pedigree of his agent: the CIA suspected him a time to play double game. If CNN has argued that the extradition of the spy was decided in the summer 2017 for fear of seeing Donald Trump commit a blunder on him, the CIA denied this assertion to the New York Times, developing another motive. After the presidential campaign, the precision of the successive unveiling of the Russian affair in the newspapers was likely to tighten the vice around its indicator.
And that’s when the CIA was taken from a doubt about it. Indeed, when the “Agency” strongly suggested leaving Russia, the latter refused, arguing family reasons. However, the CIA eventually cleared him of suspicion and the agent agreed to be extradited a few months later, and to be retired at the same time.
Its current identity and location are of course kept secret, but CIA members recalled that the life of the former spy was still under threat. This greening was a serious blow to US intelligence in Moscow, depriving it of information about a possible Russian intrusion into the process of the Midterms of 2018 and possibly during the next presidential election.
The Kremlin has partially acknowledged the truth of this story. On Tuesday, Dimitri Pskov, spokesman for the Russian presidency, however, called it a “novel sensation” before admitting: “His position was not one of those at the highest level (…) and not provided no contact with the president. ” Refusing the idea of an extradition, he assured that it was instead the Russian presidency that had chosen to separate “in 2016 or 2017”.
For his part, the head of the American diplomacy Mike Pompeo denounced during a press conference information “inaccurate on the factual level”, while refusing to develop.
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