The US extracted a high-level spy from inside Russia in 2017, reports say. Citing “multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge” of the operation, CNN reported that US intelligence feared the source’s cover could be blown by US officials.
The decision was made soon after a meeting in which President Trump unexpectedly shared classified US intelligence with Russian officials. Reports said the mole was the highest-level US source inside Russia.
Reporting by CNN and the New York Times said the source was outside the inner circle of Russian leader President Putin but had regular access to Mr Putin and was even able to photograph documents on the leader’s desk.