'CNN previously reported that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had extracted one of its agents, who allegedly spied on the Kremlin, in 2017 over purported fears for his safety.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told a Tuesday press conference that ex-Russian official Oleg Smolenkov, who has been dubbed a CIA spy in media, used to work for the presidential administration. He noted that Smolenkov had been fired many years ago and that he never had contact with the Russian president.
"[Smolenkov] was fired several years ago under an internal directive. He didn't hold any high-ranking posts, so called [presidentially]-appointed posts […] All these speculations in US media outlets about urgently extracting him, from whom he was saved and so on - this, you know, is a kind of a 'Pulp Fiction'", he said.
At the same time, the spokesman failed to confirm if the man in question had indeed been hired by the CIA to spy on Moscow, citing a lack of such information. He further added that "everything is fine with the work of the Russian counterintelligence service".
New Spy Scandal
CNN earlier claimed that the CIA urgently extracted one of its recruited agents from Russia in 2017, allegedly fearing that the Trump administration could compromise his identity. The broadcaster also claimed that the person held a high-ranking position in the Russian president's administration.
US President Donald Trump stated that he is unaware of the whole situation and of the existence of such an agent. White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham has called the story "not only incorrect", but something also potentially putting "lives in danger". CIA public affairs director Brittany Bramell later labelled the CNN report "false".
Russian newspaper Kommersant has reported that the extracted agent could be Oleg Smolenkov, who disappeared along with his wife and three children in 2017. According to an investigation by the media outlet Daily Storm, Smolenkov travelled to Montenegro with his family before disappearing without a trace. At the time, Russian authorities reportedly suspected that he could have been murdered.'
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