Kremlin spies looks into the suspected Central Intelligence Agency mole case

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

The individual was key in providing information that led U.S. intelligence to conclude Mr Putin directly orchestrated Russian interference in favour of Mr Trump and against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, the Times said.

"Putin doesn't want his own people to think that if they spy on Russian Federation, that they could be resettled comfortably in the U.K. - as we've seen with the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal - or in the United States", he said.

The Russian newspaper Vedomosti reported that Smolenkov was the chief adviser to Ushakov in the Kremlin, and a New York Times reporter on September 11 posted a photo on Twitter of a phone listing for Ushakov's team indicating that Smolenkov indeed held that post.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told the network: "CNN's reporting is not only incorrect, it has the potential to put lives in danger". Smolenkov reportedly as soon as served in Russia's embassy in Washington. "I can only confirm that he worked for the presidential administration and he was sacked", he said.

Some Russian media outlets reported citing anonymous sources that the individual in question could be someone named Oleg Smolenkov, who had supposedly worked for the Russian presidential administration and Russia's diplomatic mission in the US.

"His put used to be now not in the class of senior safe", Peskov acknowledged. "This position does not call for contacts with the president as such".

But the spy was pulled out of Russian Federation, both CNN and the New York Times reported late on Monday.

Since then he has now not been heard from, nonetheless accurate estate recordsdata demonstrate that an Oleg and Antonina Smolenkov purchased a dwelling in Stafford, Virginia, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of the USA capital June 5, 2018.

The house sits on a large piece of land with a manicured lawn surrounded by forest. A neighbor who declined to be identified confirmed that Russians lived in the dwelling and had been fantastic neighbors, nonetheless had left the old evening.

We don't know whether he was or was not a [US] spy.

The Kremlin said 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.

According to the US news reports, the Central Intelligence Agency recruited Smolenkov several decades ago.

Months later, the informant relented because the US Justice Division and Congress opened investigations into Russian interference that might presumably well well furthermore uncover US intelligence sources and techniques.

"As soon as you launch an investigation like that, we know that there is going to be extensive amounts of intelligence that is going to come forward that is nearly impossible to mask", said Clint Watts, a former FBI agent for counter-terrorism. CIA Director of Public Affairs Brittany Bramell stated, "Misguided speculation that the president's handling of our nation's most sensitive intelligence - which he has access to each and every day - drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate".

CNN reports one reason the informant was evacuated was because of Trump's alleged mishandling of classified information that could have also led to his exposure.