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File Author: Former British spy Christopher Steele delivered the controversial file with claims about Trump's interactions with Russia. It was eventually paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign, although he denies knowing who financed it
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The CIA Kremlin Mole, whose existence was unveiled this week, could be a source for the now infamous Christopher Steele case about Donald Trump, a Russian campaigner claims.

Oleg Smolenkov is widely referred to in Russia as the CIA asset that was filtered by the agency last year & # 39; & # 39; for fear that he was in danger and then lived for a year outside his own name before he was taken out.

He is said to have been so close to Vladimir Putin that he could photograph secret documents on the desk of the strong man of the Kremlin and provide important information about Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

The Foreign Minister of the Kremlin denied that there was a mole and claimed that there was evidence that there was no interference in the elections

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Leading Moscow anti-corruption campaigner Ilya Shumanov, Deputy Director General of Transparency International in Russia, has now said he believes Smolenkov could be one of the sources for the file – although not the most notorious claim.

The file contains unverified information that Trump was vulnerable to blackmail from Russia that & # 39; golden showers & # 39; had ordered with prostitutes during a trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe parade in 2013.

It claimed that the Russian government was holding a & # 39; compromat & # 39; sex tape and claiming that Trump ordered prostitutes to urinate on a hotel bed in Moscow, once slept by Barack and Michelle Obama.

The file was prepared by the former British spy Christopher Steele and is still the subject of civil proceedings.

The file had been seized by Trump's opponents as evidence that Putin had interfered with the elections – and by his supporters of evidence of a political attack by the established Washington armed forces who supported Hillary Clinton.

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File Author: Former British spy Christopher Steele delivered the controversial file with claims about Trump's interactions with Russia. It was eventually paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign, although he denies knowing who financed it

File Author: Former British spy Christopher Steele delivered the controversial file with claims about Trump's interactions with Russia. It was eventually paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign, although he denies knowing who financed it

Notorious claim: the Steele file claims that Russia had a & # 39; kompromat & # 39; tape from Trump who ordered prostitutes to urinate on a bed in Moscow, taken at the same time he was in the city of Miss Universe. gala 2013

Notorious claim: the Steele file claims that Russia had a & # 39; kompromat & # 39; tape from Trump who ordered prostitutes to urinate on a bed in Moscow, taken at the same time he was in the city of Miss Universe. gala 2013

Notorious claim: the Steele file claims that Russia had a & # 39; kompromat & # 39; tape from Trump who ordered prostitutes to urinate on a bed in Moscow, taken at the same time he was in the city of Miss Universe. gala 2013

Claim Center: The CIA is said to have had a mole in the heart of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin until May 2017

Claim Center: The CIA is said to have had a mole in the heart of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin until May 2017

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Claim Center: The CIA is said to have had a mole in the heart of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin until May 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence in his exhaustive report to substantiate the bizarre claims, but their content and how they were used by the FBI and the CIA is still under investigation, including by an American lawyer specially appointed by Advocate General Bill Barr is in charge.

Shumanov, an anti-corruption campaigner, suggested in an online post that there were close parallels between how Steele describes one of his sources for the golden shower file and what was said about Smolenkov in Moscow.

He suggests that Smolenkov was a source for part of the file about Putin's supposed plans to lead the elections to Trump.

Smolenkov, 50, was an assistant to Yuri Ushakov first at the Russian Embassy in Washington DC in the early 2000s – Ushakov was Kremlin Ambassador to the US from 1999 to 2008 – and then at the Kremlin, where Ushakov was considered the most powerful foreigner from Putin advisor affairs.

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Part of the file of September 14, 2016 states that the Kremlin has ordered silence about claims that first appear in the Washington Post on 5 September the US intelligence service and the FBI looked at whether the Russians were involved in the presidential election.

Steele writes: & # 39; Mid September 2016, a senior member of the Russian presidential administration (PA) spoke about trust with a trusted countryman about the political consequences of recent revelations in the Western media about the intervention of Moscow, in favor of Donald TRUMP and against Hillary CLINTON in the US presidential election.

& # 39; The PA official reported that the issue had become incredibly sensitive and that President PUTIN had given direct orders that the Kremlin and government insiders would not discuss it in public or even privately. & # 39;

The official & # 39; confirmed from direct knowledge that the core of the allegations were true & # 39 ;, Steele wrote, saying that this had been a split between three & # 39; expert groups & # 39; about the interference.

& # 39; On the one hand, the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergei KISLYAK and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with an independent and informal network run by the presidential foreign policy adviser, Yuri USHAKOV … & # 39;

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Shumanov published: & # 39; It is probably worth recalling that the name … Yuri Ushakov was once mentioned in the file on Russia's alleged interference in the US election of former MI6 agent Christopher Steele.

Heart of the Kremlin: Oleg Smolenkov was an assistant to Yuri Ushakov, first at the Russian embassy in Moscow, then in Moscow. Ushakov has been Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs advisor for many years and they were seen side by side in 2013

Heart of the Kremlin: Oleg Smolenkov was an assistant to Yuri Ushakov, first at the Russian embassy in Moscow, then in Moscow. Ushakov has been Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs advisor for many years and they were seen side by side in 2013

Heart of the Kremlin: Oleg Smolenkov was an assistant to Yuri Ushakov, first at the Russian embassy in Moscow, then in Moscow. Ushakov has been Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs advisor for many years and they were seen side by side in 2013

Boasting: Oleg Smolenkov carried this bound and embossed notebook with the Administration label of the President of the Russian Federation, a family member posted on social media

Boasting: Oleg Smolenkov carried this bound and embossed notebook with the Administration label of the President of the Russian Federation, a family member posted on social media

Boasting: Oleg Smolenkov carried this bound and embossed notebook with the Administration label of the President of the Russian Federation, a family member posted on social media

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has claimed that a high-level CIA mole was planted in the Russian government and dug up details of the Kremlin election issue
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has claimed that a high-level CIA mole was planted in the Russian government and dug up details of the Kremlin election issue

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has claimed that a high-level CIA mole was planted in the Russian government and dug up details of the Kremlin election issue

& # 39; The file said that Ushakov was an informal coordinator of one of the expert groups, along with the Russian ambassador to the United States Kislyak and the Russian Foreign Ministry.

& # 39; Most importantly, Christopher Steele received this information in 2016 from & # 39; a senior official in the presidential administration of the Russian Federation & # 39;. & # 39;

Fear of Russian mole after poison attack in Great Britain

Intelligence officials fear that the mole that was taken from Moscow could still be threatened in the United States.

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Those fears seem justified after another former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, was poisoned in Britain last March.

Two Russian assassins smeared the nerve agent Novichok on the front door of Skripal in Salisbury after flying over from Moscow, say the British authorities.

Sergei and his daughter Yulia Skripal were taken seriously ill but both survived.

However, another woman died after being accidentally exposed to the Soviet era nerve agent.

Britain accused the Kremlin and its GRU intelligence chiefs of the order to attack and led to a wave of diplomatic expulsions.

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The British police identified two men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, because the assassins and the government said Putin & # 39; final responsibility & # 39; was for poisoning.

But the Russian government has denied any involvement and the two men claimed in a bizarre interview that they were only there to see Salisbury Cathedral.

Skripal was a Russian military intelligence officer convicted of espionage for Britain.

He was imprisoned in Russia and released as part of a spy exchange with the West, which took place in Vienna in 2010.

His current residence is unknown.

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In 2006, another former Russian agent, Alexander Litvinenko, was killed by a radioactive poison in a hotel in London.

A public investigation concluded that he had been murdered by the Russian intelligence service, probably with the approval of President Vladimir Putin.

Similarly, Britain mentioned two suspects, but the Kremlin denied everything.

The anti-corruption campaigner said: & # 39; A person familiar with the course of internal consultation should have been in one of the expert groups and had to work in the Kremlin.

& Only now, three years after those events, has it become clear that this person could very well have been Oleg Smolenkov, who was currently working in the office of the assistant to the President of the Russian Federation in charge of foreign policy (Yuri Ushakov).

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& # 39; Prior to his disappearance, he held the position of Chief Adviser in Ushakov's office. & # 39;

Whether Shumanov is correct remains to be seen. His identity as the mole of the CIA is widely reported in Moscow, but not confirmed in Washington.

However, the New York Times reported that the source of the Kremlin used by the CIA & # 39; instrumental & # 39; had been in concluding that Putin had ordered the disruption of the 2016 elections and wanted Trump to be elected.

That would closely match what Steele wrote about the information from his source.

There is little doubt that Smolenkov was a key figure in the Kremlin; it was known that he carried a notebook with golden relief with the text & # 39; Administration of the President of the Russian Federation & # 39 ;.

The Vedomosti newspaper in Moscow reported Wednesday that he had access to fairly sensitive information, said a source with links to secret services.

This included & # 39; information from the intelligence services & # 39 ;.

He had the potential to damage & # 39; considerable damage & # 39; to Russia, it was reported.

Smolenkov has not been seen since in his $ 925,000 home in Stafford, VA CNN reported that there had been a CIA mole at the heart of the Putin regime.

It is not the first time he has disappeared – he was previously missing in May 2017, a month after Trump received Kislyak and Sergei Lavrov, Putin's Foreign Minister, in the Oval Office.

Smolenkov went to Montenegro with his family after receiving permission from his management and registering his vacation with the secret services and other officials.

& # 39; He has not returned and has turned off all means of communication & # 39; including private telephones and emails, Vedomosti said with reference to the sources.

& # 39; But even then his acquaintances did not think Smolenkov could be a CIA agent.

& # 39; Almost everyone thought something bad had happened to him or an accident. & # 39;

The Russian Commission of Inquiry has filed a criminal case against his disappearance under Article 105, & # 39; murder & # 39 ;,

The intelligence services of the FSB and SVR then started a major search for the civil servant.

It was they who established his location in Washington, where he still lives under the protection of American intelligence services, says the source of Vedomosti.

Smolenkov and his second wife, Antonia, had not used false identities and their neighbors knew they and their three children were Russian.

Russian foreign affairs expert Vladimir Frolov said hiring Smolenkov as a young diplomat is a & # 39; classic of espionage & # 39; was and a & # 39; great success & # 39; for the CIA.

It was clear to the Russian intelligence service in 2017 that he had been a CIA mole, but the usual step of accusing him of treason in his absence was not taken, he said.

& # 39; There is no doubt that the FSB's counter-intelligence understood everything in 2017 when the official & # 39; missing in Montenegro & # 39; with his wife and three children, & # 39; said Frolov.

& # 39; The absence of a criminal case under & # 39; state treason & # 39; indicates that conducting procedural actions (in this case) entailed major inconveniences for some influential people. & # 39;

The house in Stafford, Virginia, of alleged spy, Oleg Smolenkov - a high-level alleged mole in the Russian government who had confirmed the direct role of Vladimir Putin in the involvement in the 2016 presidential election

The house in Stafford, Virginia, of alleged spy, Oleg Smolenkov - a high-level alleged mole in the Russian government who had confirmed the direct role of Vladimir Putin in the involvement in the 2016 presidential election

The house in Stafford, Virginia, of alleged spy, Oleg Smolenkov – a high-level alleged mole in the Russian government who had confirmed the direct role of Vladimir Putin in the involvement in the 2016 presidential election

Dingy: the former home of the Smolenkov family is located nine miles north of the Kremlin and far away from their six-bedroom Virginia bedroom

Dingy: the former home of the Smolenkov family is located nine miles north of the Kremlin and far away from their six-bedroom Virginia bedroom

Dingy: the former home of the Smolenkov family is located nine miles north of the Kremlin and far away from their six-bedroom Virginia bedroom

The back yard of the Virginia home is far away from his home in a tower in Moscow

The back yard of the Virginia home is far away from his home in a tower in Moscow

The back yard of the Virginia home is far away from his home in a tower in Moscow

The $ 925,000 property also comes with a home cinema. The family disappeared on Monday

The $ 925,000 property also comes with a home cinema. The family disappeared on Monday

The $ 925,000 property also comes with a home cinema. The family disappeared on Monday

He seemed to refer to Smolenkov's link with Ushakov, who in turn is closely linked to Putin.

& # 39; The fact that Smolenkov lives in the US under his own name is somewhat strange to the CIA, & # 39; he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, however, rubbed the claim that there was a mole – and that this was Smolenkov – as the & # 39; multiplication of defamation about us & # 39 ;.

He told Interfax news agency: & # 39; He could not have played any role in so-called (election) interference because there was no interference. & # 39;

There were also claims in Moscow that Smolenkov felt that he was underpaid when he was a Russian diplomat.

A former Moscow colleague said about him: & I remember that Oleg Borisovich (Smolenkov) once complained in a conversation with me that he saw no prospects. & # 39;

He saw his allowance as & # 39; small & # 39 ;, the colleague said, according to a report in the Moscow media.

It is unclear when his alleged recruitment took place and it is also unknown whether money was a factor that persuaded him to become a & # 39; double agent & # 39; to be. An earlier report in Russia said he drank a little more than the average.

CNN and the New York Times have said that the CIA had its assets close to Putin for ten years after recruiting them for it.

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