A CIA source, freed from Russia in 2017 for fear that President Donald Trump would call him, lived in Washington, DC, under his real name, claimed a new report Monday.
According to NBC News, US officials have requested that the name of the man and other details surrounding his extraction be withheld from the public due to fear that the life of the man might be endangered.
The source currently lives openly under its real name and is protected by the government.
An NBC correspondent is said to have visited the man's house and shortly after the reporter knocked at the man's house, two young men in an SUV came running down the street and parked right next to the car of the man. correspondent & # 39 ;.
The men then asked the reporter why he was there. They are supposed to be US government agents guarding the house from the source.
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The US government has taken the extraordinary step of exfiltrating the main US source and assets in Russia in 2017, after President Trump sent secret information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and Russian ambassador to US Sergei Kislyak (right) had revealed.
The source currently lives openly under its real name and is protected by the government. According to NBC News, the source fits into the profile of someone who may have had access to information about the activities of Russian President Vladimir Putin (left)
Trump tore into CNN on Monday after sending a report about the exfiltration operation 2017
It is not confirmed that the Russian living in DC is the source who has collected secrets from Russian President Vladimir Putin and has given them to the CIA.
But according to NBC News, the man fits the profile of someone who may have had access to information about Putin's activities.
The Russian is likely to be moved from his current DC home and placed somewhere else to keep him safe.
News about the whereabouts of the source came a few hours later CNN revealed that the government has taken the extraordinary step of exfiltrating a top US source and assets in Russia following Trump's infamous Oval Office meeting with Russians.
According to the CNN report, which was broadcast a few minutes before the president unleashed a Twitter attack on the network, the decision was made to filter out the source – or to remove it illegally – after repeated misuse of classified information by Trump and his administration, which raised concerns about the source.
At that meeting in May 2017, Trump met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the former US ambassador of the United States Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office.
At that time, he revealed secret information about another issue related to a terrorist threat by ISIS, according to press releases at the time.
Although the White House denied that Trump was disclosing information about US sources and methods at the meeting, the CIA raised concerns about the safety of the source.
Russia's former ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak had been examined for his meetings with Trump campaign officials before the elections
The report says that Trump did not reveal the identity of the source, but that his action raised concerns that it could be actively exposed. The exfiltration operation was successful, according to the report.
Trump again expressed his concern when he met Putin privately in Hamburg in June 2017.
The Washington Post reported that at the end of the meeting he took possession of a translator's notes.
The government only performs an exfiltration when it believes that an asset is in extraordinary danger.
Regarding the usefulness of the Russian assets, a CNN source told that there is & # 39; no equal alternative & # 39; was within the Russian government.
Times President Trump has disclosed or potentially compromised secret information
In May 2017, Trump met the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the former Moscow ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office. During the meeting, he revealed secret information about another issue related to a terrorist threat by ISIS. It was later reported that the information came from an ally from Middle Easter.
Former British Prime Minister Theresa May rebuked Trump in May 2018 after tweeting about & ill and demented people living in the sights of Scotland Yard & # 39; were those who carried out the Manchester bombing. The tweet came before the police identified a suspect.
In August 2019, Trump tweeted a very accurate picture of an Iranian site after a failed launch. Trump said he was an & # 39; absolutely right & # 39; had to disseminate the information. A Pentagon official said that Trump had been informed of the failed launch that morning.
In March 2017 at the Mar-a-Lago club, Trump spoke with Chinese president Xi Jinping when the US launched 59 rockets in Syria for guests.
In May 2018, Trump bragged about fundraising about the US military's performance in a skirmish in Syria against Russian mercenaries.
In February 2017, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were seen on Mar-a-Lago who discussed a North Korean rocket launch and watched a laptop.
But on Monday night, The New York Times published a report that was largely in contradiction with CNN & # 39; s.
The Times reported that CIA officials & # 39; at the end of 2016 made the tough decision to offer to get the source from Russia & # 39 ;.
That would take weeks before Trump even took office.
According to the Times, there were concerns about media coverage of Russian election interference that led to extracting the source.
& # 39; Former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current US officials insisted that media investigations from only the agency's sources triggered the extraction & # 39 ;, wrote the Times.
The newspaper claimed that the source refused to be extracted in 2016 due to family problems, but the CIA & # 39; re-insisted months later after more media questions & # 39; the source.
On Monday, Trump tore into CNN after the network had sent out a report on the 2017 exfiltration operation.
& # 39; Good news that an activist investor is now involved with AT&T. As the owner of VERY LOW RATINGS @CNN, they may now put an end to all the fake news that comes from his non-credible & # 39; anchors & # 39 ;, Trump wrote Monday morning.
& # 39; I also hear that it is losing a fortune because of its poor ratings … But most importantly, @CNN is bad for the US, & # 39; Trump went on. & # 39; Their international division is spreading bad information and fake news around the world. This is why foreign leaders always ask me: & # 39; Why do the media hate the US so much? & # 39; It is a fraudulent shame, and everything comes from the top! & # 39;
CIA spokeswoman Brittany Bramell replied: & # 39; CNN & # 39; s story that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life or death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false. Wrong speculation that the way the President deals with our nation's most sensitive information – to which he has access every day – has caused an alleged exfiltration operation, is inaccurate. & # 39;
White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said the report itself has the potential to endanger lives.
Trump has been attacked countless times for dealing with American intelligence information. As president, he can gain access to the very best information through intelligence briefings from top intelligence officers.
At the start of his term, when he approved air strikes in Syria, Trump was criticized for turning his Mar-a-Lago club into an outdoor situation room.
While club visitors joined the club in February 2017, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed a launch of the North Korean rockets.
In March 2017, Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping when the US launched 59 missiles in Syria.
At the end of last month, Trump tweeted a very detailed picture of an Iranian missile site after a failed launch. A Pentagon official said the image was shared during Trump's secret intelligence briefing
& # 39; It was entertainment after dinner, & # 39; Wilbur Ross, Minister of Commerce, later joked.
In May 2018, Trump boasted about the performance of the US Army in a skirmish in Syria against Russian mercenaries, Politics reported.
He bragged to donors at a $ 5 million fundraising in New York that US F-18 pilots would have killed up to about 300 mercenaries in about & # 39; 10 minutes & # 39;
At the end of last month, Trump tweeted a very detailed picture of an Iranian missile site after a failed launch.
After a report that a Pentagon official said the image was shared during Trump & # 39; s secret intelligence briefing on August 30, Trump said he was an & # 39; absolute right & # 39; had to disseminate the information.
It revealed the nature of the near-resolution information that the US could obtain from above Iran.
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