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Suspected Russian spy worked inside U.S. embassy

Suspected Russian spy worked inside U.S. embassy

A Russian national hired by the Secret Service to work at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow was dismissed as a suspected spy past year, a leading British newspaper reported Thursday.

The woman first came under the radar of embassy officials in mid-2016, which led to her security clearance being revoked, reported The Guardian.

The U.S. State Department's Regional Security Office discovered the issue in 2016 during a routine review conducted every five years.

A senior administration official told CNN: We figure that all of them are talking to the [Russian intelligence agency] FSB, but she was giving them way more information than she should have'.

In a statement last night, the US Secret Service, said the woman would not have been able to obtain national security information. 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.

"The Secret Service is trying to hide the breach by firing [her]", the Guardian, citing source, reported.

Asked detailed questions about the investigation into the woman, and her dismissal, the Secret Service attempted to downplay the significance of her role.

The Guardian meanwhile reported the Secret Service attempted to contain the embarrassment by letting her go when Russian Federation ordered the removal of 750 personnel from the American embassy during a diplomatic spat that followed allegations of Moscow's interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.

"Only an intense investigation by an outside source can determine the damage she has done", the source added.

But the Secret Service kept her on for months after getting the initial warnings, dismissing her shortly before a July 2017 spat involving embassy staffing levels and USA sanctions against top Russian officials - which, according to the Guardian, "provided cover for her removal".

A State Department spokesman would "not comment on allegations related to intelligence or personnel matters".

'This is of particular emphasis in Russian Federation.

"It was specifically the duties of the FSN position in Moscow to assist our attaches and agency by engaging the Russian government, including the Russian Federal Security Service, the Russian Ministry of the Interior, and the Russian Federal Protective Service in furtherance of Secret Service interests".

She was found to be actively providing Russians with intelligence.

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