What spy? Kremlin mocks aide recruited by Central Intelligence Agency as a boozy nobody

U.S. President Donald Trump has been accused of revealing U.S. secrets during meetings with foreign officials

U.S. President Donald Trump has been accused of revealing U.S. secrets during meetings with foreign officials

Russia on Wednesday condemned as lies and slander suggestions a suspected Central Intelligence Agency mole in President Vladimir Putin's administration had handed over information to the United States about alleged Russian meddling in the USA presidential elections.

Russia's Foreign Ministry says that Moscow has asked the global police agency Interpol for help in locating a former Kremlin official who is alleged to have been a CIA informant and who disappeared in 2017.

U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election campaign in order to tilt the vote in U.S. President Donald Trump's favor.

"Two years later, the American media tosses information out there that he is on US territory".

On Monday, CNN presented a report that claimed the USA extracted one of their covert sources inside the Russian government in 2017 amid concerns that President Donald Trump "repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence".

The alleged informant was whisked out of Russian Federation in 2017 amid fears he was at risk of exposure.

Missing since June 2017, interest in Mr. Smolenkov's whereabouts renewed this week after multiple news reports said that the Central Intelligence Agency relied for years on an unidentified Russian government official embedded in the Kremlin before extracting the informant around the same time as the former staffer's disappearance.

Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House in May 2017
Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House in May 2017

"A citizen of Russia disappeared on the territory of a foreign state along with his family", Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing.

She said questions were asked to the United States authorities via the Interpol on the circumstances of Smolenkov's disappearance and his alleged presence in the U.S.

The Kremlin this week said the man had worked there but did not have direct contact with Putin.

The CNN news report, based on multiple anonymous Trump administration officials, says the extraction mission took place shortly after Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia's former US envoy Sergey Kislyak in May 2017. He was reported to have disappeared with his wife, Antonina, and three children while on holiday in Montenegro in June 2017.

Asked on Thursday whether he knew Smolenkov, Ushakov told reporters: "No comment".

CNN reported that the source had been providing information for decades, had access to Putin and had sent pictures of high-level documents on the Russian leader's desk.

It said the curtains of the house were drawn, that there was no sign of any activity inside and that no one answered the door.

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