Suspected Russian spy found working in US embassy in Moscow

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American intelligence agencies have uncovered a Russian intelligence agent that worked at the US Embassy in Moscow for over ten years, The Guardian pens.

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 woman was dismissed last summer after an investigation found she was regularly having unauthorized meetings with the FSB, the Russian intelligence agency.

'We knew it was happening and it was just a process of playing it out, ' they said.

The Russian national had been hired by the U.S. Secret Service and is understood to have had access to the agency's intranet and email systems, which gave her a potential window into highly confidential material including the schedules of the president and vice-president, the Guardian has learned.

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In the published us intelligence agencies stated that every employee of a diplomatic mission could be "the objective of influence of foreign intelligence services".

"At no time, in any US Secret Service office, have FSNs [Foreign Service Nationals] been provided or placed in a position to obtain national security information", Mason Brayman, a spokesperson for the US Secret Service, told TASS.

The United States Secret Service Department of Homeland Security also denied later in the day allegations made in the report of the British daily.

Other embassy employees reportedly emailed the woman at her non-work account, breaking protocol and potentially worsening the problem.

Members of Trump's national security team said that US intelligence officials are anxious Russian Federation and perhaps other foreign powers will look to interfere in November's midterm elections.

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The State Department refused to provide comment on the "personnel matters" adding that if it finds out that an employee has been in breach of security guidelines, it takes "appropriate action in appropriate time".

"This is of particular emphasis in Russian Federation". As a result, the duties are limited to translation, interpretation, cultural guidance and administrative support. In a statement released to CNN, the department stated the following.

Russian policemen stand guard in front of the US Embassy in Moscow on December 30, 2016.

"We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide by the United States", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said.

The Russian was suspected of espionage division staff of the USA state Department, which handles security at US diplomatic missions.

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The state department later went on to concede the risk that foreign governments can pose to those employed by the US government.

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