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CNN: US Extracted Top Asset From Inside Russia in 2017

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By    |   Monday, 09 September 2019 11:36 AM

The United States successfully extracted from Russia two years ago one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Kremlin, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.

The secret mission had not been disclosed until now, CNN reported on Monday.

A source said the removal of the spy was due, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration mishandled classified intelligence and could lead to the asset's exposure.

The decision to conduct the extraction came soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified information on ISIS provided by Israel with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. Then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo said too much information was coming out regarding the covert source, according to CNN.

Weeks after the decision to extract the spy, in July 2017, Trump met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg and confiscated the interpreter's notes, after which intelligence officials again expressed concern that Trump may have improperly talked about classified intelligence with Msocow, CNN reported.

The removal of the high-level Russian asset has left the U.S. without one of its key sources from inside the Kremlin at a time when tensions between the two countries have been growing.

CIA director of public affairs Brittany Bramell responded to the report, saying "CNN's narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false. Misguided speculation that the president's handling of our nation's most sensitive intelligence - which he has access to each and every day - drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate."

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The United States successfully extracted from Russia two years ago one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Kremlin, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.
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