CIA agent in Kremlin had access to top secret information
Smolenkov had the so-called “second-level security clearance”.
The alleged CIA agent in the Kremlin, Oleg Smolenkov, had the so-called “second-level security clearance” and could access top secret official documentation, reported Komsomolskaya Pravda with reference to a source related to spy’s workplace.
According to the publication, Russia has three levels of access to classified information. Those who can access the first level are not allowed to travel abroad, unlike those with the second level (Smolenkov), which allows them to leave the country. Smolenkov took advantage of that, fleeing to the United States through Montenegro with his family in June 2017.
Thus, it can be said with a high degree of probability that Smolenkov, who was in charge of Russian foreign policy issues, must have had access to top-secret information that he could transmit to the CIA, Komsomolskaya Pravda said.
Earlier, CNN reported that the US authorities had evacuated a spy from Russia who had worked in the Russian government. That was done back in 2017 for fears that President Trump might expose him. Later, information appeared in the Russian media that the spy was a certain Oleg Smolenkov, an employee of the Russian presidential administration, who had vanished after leaving the country for a Montenegro vacation with his family in 2017.
According to Vedomosti, Smolenkov previously worked at the Russian Embassy in the United States, when Ushakov was the ambassador, and later he was in the apparatus of the Russian government. According to the source of the publication, he had access to “very sensitive information, including that from the special services,” when in the presidential administration. Moreover, when he did not have access to classified data, he could have received any information from conversations with his coworkers.