A man identified by Russian media as a spy extracted by the CIA had worked in Russia’s presidential office but was sacked and did not have direct contact with President Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday September 10th, AFP reported.
Influential newspaper Kommersant, citing its sources, identified a Russian man as the high-level government source who was reportedly pulled out of Russia in 2017.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the man "worked in the presidential administration but a few years ago he was fired by an internal order.”
The source had been providing information for decades, had access to Putin and had sent pictures of high-level documents on the Russian leader's desk, CNN reported. But Peskov said that the man's position did not give him this level of access.
"His position was not in the category of senior official," Peskov said. "This position does not call for contacts with the president as such.
"I don't know whether he was an agent or not. I can only confirm that he worked for the presidential administration and he was sacked," he said.