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Tue Sep 10, 2019, 06:47 AM

A C.I.A. spy tale in Russia

C.I.A. Informant Extracted From Russia Had Sent Secrets to U.S. for Decades
By Julian E. Barnes, Adam Goldman and David E. Sanger

WASHINGTON — 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.

The move brought to an end the career of one of the C.I.A.’s most important sources. It also effectively blinded American intelligence officials to the view from inside Russia as they sought clues about Kremlin interference in the 2018 midterm elections and next year’s presidential contest. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/us/politics/cia-informant-russia.html?te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=edit_NN_p_20190910§


The source, who became one of the C.I.A.’s most important and highly protected assets, was instrumental to the agency’s conclusion that President Vladimir Putin orchestrated Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election in 2016. But when intelligence officials revealed details about the election interference, the C.I.A. decided to extract the source from Russia. The informant initially refused that offer, but was extracted in 2017, hampering intelligence officials as they investigated Moscow’s interference in the next two election cycles.

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Reply A C.I.A. spy tale in Russia (Original post)
Jeffersons Ghost Sep 10 OP
UCmeNdc Sep 10 #1
Ford_Prefect Sep 10 #3
ewagner Sep 10 #2
Jeffersons Ghost Sep 10 #4
The_jackalope Sep 10 #5
GusBob Sep 10 #6
real Cannabis calm Sep 10 #7

Response to Jeffersons Ghost (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 07:10 AM

1. Hey CIA it is obvious. Trump and many of the people around him are a security risk.

Period!

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Response to UCmeNdc (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 08:39 AM

3. I think the correct term is Russian Assets as in they serve Russian interests

with nearly every policy they put forward and public remark they make.

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Response to Jeffersons Ghost (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 08:35 AM

2. I'm very concerned about the media coverage

I know it makes a good story but exposing sources and methods is dangerous....

Not only does it endanger lives of sources, it also puts our enemies on alert and will force purges. Also...it might jeopardize efforts to counter the efforts of foreign intelligence agents operating within the country....

Some things don't need to be headlines.

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Response to ewagner (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 10:10 AM

4. Which "enemies?

In a bad sign for trade talks, Trump deploys a new label for China’s Xi – ‘enemy’
Tucker Higgins of CNBC

Even as trade tensions continued to heat up, President Donald Trump would make sure to refer to China’s president, Xi Jinping, as his “friend.” On Friday, though, Trump unveiled a new label for his Chinese counterpart: “enemy.”
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/23/bad-sign-for-trade-talks-trump-calls-china-president-xi-enemy.html

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Response to Jeffersons Ghost (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 10:15 AM

5. But, but, we have ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia... nt

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Response to ewagner (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 10:19 AM

6. I'm with you but its too late

At first when I heard this story I hoped it was fake news: why would the CIA release this info? It compromises the agent and everyone he came in contact with (he had handlers in Russia and elsewhere for instance). It compromises all agents, well Trump did, because he cannot be trusted. (Now Trump says we don't need spies. Spies under bus)

Then I saw it was from 2017. Hopefully they extracted the guy with a good cover story. Him and his family both. The KGB don't play games with assets and their sources. They are tortured and killed

There is great book about this by McIntyre I will look up the title

Edit to add: The Spy and The Traitor by Ben Macintrye

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Response to Jeffersons Ghost (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 12:07 PM

7. We've got a "CIA spy story" in New Mexico...

Valerie Plame is running for congress, in the 3rd district

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