Kremlin Not Confirming Claim Suspected CIA Spy Had Access to Russian Intelligence Data

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The Kremlin earlier confirmed that alleged US spy Smolenkov, who was purportedly evacuated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2017, had indeed worked in the presidential administration, but in minor positions.

Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated on 11 September that the Kremlin cannot confirm if Oleg Smolenkov, who has been dubbed a CIA spy in the media, had access to intelligence reports during his work in the Russian government. Peskov, however, recalled that although Smolenkov worked in the presidential administration, he was a low-ranking official.

The Kremlin’s spokesman also couldn’t confirm if Smolenkov had indeed been recruited by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to spy on the Russian government and president.

“We know that there was such an official and that he was fired. We don’t know whether he was or was not a [US] spy. [Russian] intelligence services will handle that question. They are doing their job”, Peskov said.

Smolenkov’s work in the presidential administration was confirmed on 10 September by Peskov, who noted that he never held “high-ranking, [presidentially]-appointed posts” and was later fired under an internal directive.

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