The Kremlin has confirmed that a Russian official believed to be one of Washington’s top covert CIA assets had worked in president Putin’s administration. Kremlin in an attempt to downplay the spy saga also said that the man did not have direct access to President Putin while the US media has been claiming that the spy had to be extracted from Moscow after a high-level operation. The Kremlin has rejected all these reports. The US media has been saying an operation was carried out they say in 2017 to extract a high-level Russian official and CIA asset after the Trump administration reportedly mishandled crucial Intel that may have led to the source being compromised. A Russian daily newspaper has said that a man called Oleg could have been the man in question while the Kremlin spokespersons Dmitry Peskov has said that Oleg did work in the Russian presidential administration but had been fired between 2016 and 2017. Peskov declined to say whether he was an agent or not and snubbed American media reports as pulp fiction. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also has denied any knowledge about Oleg saying that he’s never been seen or he’s never heard about the man but at the same time the Russian media has been trying to downplay the American media reports.
U.S. spy in Russian president’s office. Kremlin plays down media reports