Russian Spy Spent Ten Years At U.S. Embassy, But Trump! Russia! Collusion! [VIDEO]

Russian Spy Spent Ten Years At U.S. Embassy, But Trump! Russia! Collusion! [VIDEO]

Russian Spy Spent Ten Years At U.S. Embassy, But Trump! Russia! Collusion! [VIDEO]

Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump/Russia collusion has currently boiled down to discussions of Paul Manafort’s questionable fashion choices. Meanwhile, Mueller is ignoring the very real spying accomplished by folks such as Imran Awan, Russian “Mata Hari” Maria Butina, and now a clever little gal who worked for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for nearly 10 years.

US counter-intelligence investigators discovered a suspected Russian spy had been working undetected in the heart of the American embassy in Moscow for more than a decade, the Guardian has learned.

The Russian national had been hired by the US 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 woman had been working for the Secret Service for years before she came under suspicion in 2016 during a routine security sweep conducted by two investigators from the US Department of State’s Regional Security Office (RSO).

They established she was having regular and unauthorised meetings with members of the FSB, Russia’s principal security agency.

Oh. Well…alrighty then.

Here we have viable evidence that a Russian, hired by our very own Secret Service, managed to spy on the United States for over eight years undetected. Even didn’t get caught (that we know of) during the routine five year security check, which would’ve been in 2013 or thereabouts.

As Marta pointed out here, Russia has been at work trying to undermine all that we are as a Republic for DECADES. Heck, even Ronald Reagan said as much. Don’t believe me? Read ‘Three Days in Moscow.”

That said, according to the State Department, who was the actual employee of this Russian spy, they rigorously vet their employees. 

“As a general matter, we are aware that U.S. government employees, by virtue of their employment by the U.S. government, may be targeted by foreign intelligence services,” the department said in a statement to CNN.

“Diplomatic security and other law enforcement agencies rigorously vet new hires at our missions overseas, and all employees are subject to ongoing reviews to ensure they are fully complying with their security responsibilities and Department Security requirements,” the State Department said. “When we identify an employee in violation of security directives (*cough, Hillary Clinton, cough), we take appropriate action at the appropriate time.” [Emphasis Added]

Oh. Ok. So, they’ve been aware for a very long time that hiring someone from that country may put the embassy, and therefore the United States, at risk for espionage. Therefore, they conduct a review every year, right? Ummm, NO. Let’s try every FIVE years. Gosh folks, did you ever think about how much damage can be done within five years to a country’s national security? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Furthermore, if State Department, DHS, and Secret Service are aware that those who work in said embassies, particularly those from a country WELL KNOWN for its spying, might be spies themselves…why in the world would you let five years go by before checking them out? Answer is: they shouldn’t have been granted access, and they should’ve been vetted every single year since date of hiring.

But, you know, the media’s focus is still all about Trump/Russia Collusion! So much so that MSNBC refers to Ambassador Bolton and others as the janitorial crew.

The thing is, it’s not that Russia is targeting the election systems, which President Trump will not tolerate; Russia is targeting and sowing discord among Americans. Unfortunately, the media is in the lead for swallowing the bait Hook, Line, and Sinker.

But, TRUMP!

Exactly. Here’s something else: the State Department and Secret Service have not conducted any investigations into this security breach and, in fact, are peddling the “she never went near any classified Top Secret information” schtick.

The spy worked in that embassy for 10 years. Much of that time was during the Obama era when top secret information leaked like a sieve. So any attempt to blame President Trump is like closing the barn door after the herd of jackasses has already escaped.

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4 Comments
  • Nicki says:

    I’ll be fair to Secret Service here. Having local nationals work at US embassies is pretty standard. And while vetting will reveal past misdeeds, or at least increased risk because of monetary troubles, family connections, whatever, it won’t necessarily reveal what an individual WILL do. Hell, Hansen worked for FBI for decades, and he was about one of the worst spies we ever caught! Ames had the highest accesses. So I don’t want to be unfair to our security personnel for not doing their jobs.

    • Nicki says:

      Also, five years is standard reinvestigation. They wouldn’t do an earlier reinvestigation unless there were red flags or someone reported something, especially with the huge backlog that’s been going on for several years. Unless someone had raised something suspicious, the standard is five years.

  • GWB says:

    US counter-intelligence investigators discovered a suspected Russian spy had been working undetected in the heart of the American embassy in Moscow for more than a decade
    Well, heck, a Chinese one has been working in the Senate – Diane Feinstein’s office, to be exact.

  • GWB says:

    They established she was having regular and unauthorised meetings with members of the FSB
    Well, this is in Moscow, right? And she was a Russian. How is she supposed to *avoid* meeting with the FSB?
    I’m going to guess she was having meetings with someone they eventually identified as her handler, because she was passing info or something. But the sentence as laid out is just kinda silly.

    the State Department, who was the actual employee of this Russian spy
    (I think you mean employer.)

    “she never went near any classified Top Secret information”
    Ummm, what about Secret? Or Confidential info?
    But, honestly? Very few folks in an embassy have access to classified information. For dang good reason.
    And President Trump’s schedule? Pfft. That’s not even classified once the day begins (unless he’s doing something very sensitive). I doubt it’s classified before the day begins. (It’s “sensitive” information which you’re still not supposed to talk about, but it isn’t equivalent to classified material.)

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