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Reports: CIA Extracted Russian Informant Who Provided Intel on 2016 Election Meddling

HeadlineSep 10, 2019

The CIA extracted a Russian informant in 2017 who provided top-secret intelligence on Russia for decades, according to multiple reports. The intelligence included information on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The New York Times is reporting the informant helped U.S. intelligence determine that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in those efforts in a bid to help Trump win the presidency. CNN reported the decision to extract the informant from Russia was driven by U.S. intelligence concerns that Trump may have leaked classified information that would lead to the revelation of the informant’s identity, including during a White House meeting in May 2017 with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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