Pompeo Says Reports US Extracted Spy From Russia 'Factually Wrong'
Umer Jamshaid 7 days ago Wed 11th September 2019 | 12:20 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 11th September, 2019) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday dismissed media reports that the United States had to extract a top covert source from inside Russia as factually wrong and inaccurate.
"The reporting is materially inaccurate...The reporting there is factually wrong," Pompeo said during a press briefing at the White House.
On Monday, CNN reported that the United States extracted one of its highest-level operatives from Russia in 2017 after President Donald Trump exposed highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia) at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.
The Kremlin said that Smolenkov had worked in the presidential administration but was fired several years ago.