Oval Office Bugged? Trump's Photos By Russian Photographer Are Security Lapse, Claims Former CIA Ops [Photos]

Paula Mooney

The above photo shows President Donald Trump as Mr. Trump met with Russian government officials. The fact that the photo is credited to a photographer from the Russian Foreign Ministry whilst no U.S. photographers were present or allowed in the Oval Office is raising alarms online. So much so, Twitter reports "Oval Office" and "Oval Office bugged" as popular search terms.

According to CNN, Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak -- who can be seen as the fourth person from the right in the above photo -- is viewed by U.S. intelligence as a top spy in Russia, and one of the leading spy-recruiters in Washington.

As reported by the Denver Post, the photographer from the state-owned Russian Foreign Ministry was let into the Oval Office to also photograph President Trump as he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who can be seen as the second person from the left in the above photo. The meeting inside the White House in Washington, on Wednesday, May 10, is causing all sorts of security concerns after President Trump welcomed the top diplomat to Vladimir Putin inside the Oval Office, representing President Trump's highest level face-to-face meeting with Russian big wigs since President Trump took the Oval Office in January.

As seen in another photo taken by the Russian Foreign Ministry photographer above, President Trump stood in the middle of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on the left, while Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak stood on the right side of the photo.

The high level of access given to the Russian diplomats and the Russian Foreign Ministry photographer was criticized by former U.S. CIA operatives as something that could have opened the Oval Office up to bugging.

Photos of President Trump with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were published by the TASS Russian News Agency online. The White House, meanwhile, claims that they were not informed about the Russian photographer's role, according to the Denver Post. The White House didn't know the Russian photographer worked for TASS.

Via the TASS Russian News Agency, articles such as "Russian diplomat reproaches U.S. media for heavy bias during Lavrov's visit to U.S." are being published on May 11, criticizing the U.S. media's focus on any alleged Russian intervention in the presidential elections.

Twitter is filling up with its own theories about the Oval Office potentially being bugged, as seen in sample comments below.

"Now that the have fully bugged the if I were ever in there, I'd ask if I can make my own recording or leave!."

"With a photographer and a bag of electronic equipment that I'm sure Donald knew the purpose of each piece. Oval office is now bugged. Great."

"Given the size of today's bugging technology I'm assuming they bugged the Oval Office & Trump. Trump is a major national security risk."

"With a photographer and a bag of electronic equipment that I'm sure Donald knew the purpose of each piece. Oval office is now bugged. Great."

"Given the size of today's bugging technology I'm assuming they bugged the Oval Office & Trump. Trump is a major national security risk."

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