The CIA removed one of its spies inside the Russian government in 2017, during Mike Pompeo’s tenure as CIA director.
The CIA made this decision shortly after the Oval Office meeting between Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, during which Trump disclosed extremely sensitive intelligence to the men. The CIA was worried that the Russian Usurper would reveal the agent’s identity to Putin, either through his vanity or as an obvious useful idiot.
In other words, Comrade Trump is a security risk. Let that sink in for a moment.
New tonight: Given NYT has now made details on Russian spy public, I can now report additional info we had withheld. Asset had direct access to Vladimir Putin, including the remarkable ability to take photos of presidential documents, and had served US for more than a decade. 1/ https://t.co/gyk8hA79k1
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) September 10, 2019
…and going to the article:
“Decades ago, the C.I.A. recruited and carefully cultivated a midlevel Russian official who began rapidly advancing through the governmental ranks. Eventually, American spies struck gold: The longtime source landed an influential position that came with access to the highest level of the Kremlin.
“As American officials began to realize that Russia was trying to sabotage the 2016 presidential election, the informant became one of the C.I.A.’s most important — and highly protected — assets. But when intelligence officials revealed the severity of Russia’s election interference with unusual detail later that year, the news media picked up on details about the C.I.A.’s Kremlin sources.
“C.I.A. officials worried about safety made the arduous decision in late 2016 to offer to extract the source from Russia. The situation grew more tense when the informant at first refused, citing family concerns — prompting consternation at C.I.A. headquarters and sowing doubts among some American counterintelligence officials about the informant’s trustworthiness. But the C.I.A. pressed again months later after more media inquiries. This time, the informant agreed.”
Alert readers might recall that towards the end of the election and the transition that there were a large number of coinky-dinks with assorted Russians falling out of windows, drinking a nice mug of Putin’s special blend of tea, even door-to-door fragrance salesmen spritzing doorknobs, so you know, maybe the CIA was right, but too late to help them.