CNN previously reported that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had extracted one of its agents, who allegedly spied on the Kremlin, in 2017 over purported fears for his safety.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told a Tuesday press conference that ex-Russian official Oleg Smolenkov, who has been dubbed a CIA spy in the media, used to work for the presidential administration. He noted that Smolenkov had been fired many years ago and that he never had contact with the Russian president.
“[Smolenkov] was fired several years ago under an internal directive. He didn’t hold any high-ranking posts, so called [presidentially]-appointed posts […] All these speculations in US media outlets about urgently extracting him, from whom he was saved and so on – this, you know, is a kind of a ‘Pulp Fiction'”, he said.
At the same time, the spokesman failed to confirm if the man in question had indeed been hired by the CIA to spy on Moscow, citing a lack of such information. He further added that “everything is fine with the work of the Russian counterintelligence service”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated, responding to the claims about Trump’s alleged involvement in the spy’s extraction, that the US president never spilled any government secrets during talks in 2017. The American media earlier said that the CIA’s urgent move was initiated after a meeting between Lavrov and Trump as intelligence officers feared…