On Monday, as The Inquisitr reported, media reports starting with CNN and quickly confirmed by other outlets said that in 2017, the United States Central Intelligence Agency had pulled a top spy out of Russia. This spy is believed to have provided the intelligence that led the CIA to conclude that Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally ordered the 2016 election sabotage operation designed to help Donald Trump win the White House.
One day later, details have emerged about the identity of that spy. He is reported to be Oleg Smolenkov, a top aide to former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Yuri Ushakov, according to a Washington Post report. And amazingly, Smolenkov -- at least until Tuesday -- was living in the Washington D.C. suburb of Stafford, Virginia, in a sprawling, six-bedroom mansion valued at $925,000 — which he owned under his real name.
Smolenkov's former boss, Ushakov, is reported to be among Putin's closest associates, according to The Washington Post, meaning that though Smolenkov himself was not close to Putin, he likely had access to intimate details of Putin's actions and policies, making him a highly valued intelligence asset for the U.S.
Ushakov is "as close to Putin as you can get with respect to foreign policy matters and especially the United States," Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, told the outlet.