A senior administration official has confirmed that a suspected Russian spy worked at the USA embassy in Moscow for over a decade.
The woman had access to the Secret Service's intranet and email systems, the reports said, giving her a window into potentially sensitive data including the schedules of the United States president and vice president.
The woman was quietly dismissed a year ago as the U.S. Secret Service sought to avoid public embarrassment on the matter, the Guardian reported, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to order 750 U.S. diplomatic staff out of Russia served to create a smokescreen for her dismissal.
Officials established that the woman was having regular, unauthorised meetings with members from FSB - Russia's main security agency.
An intelligence source told the Guardian the woman was dismissed last summer after the state department revoked her security clearance.
The reports come just over two weeks after USA authorities arrested Russian national Maria Butina in Washington, D.C. over suspicions that she worked for Russian intelligence.
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The woman had been working for the Secret Service for years before she came under suspicion in 2016. The security office was alerted to the spy's unauthorized meetings with the FSB, a Russian intelligence agency.
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"The Secret Service is trying to hide the breach by firing [her]", a source told the British newspaper.
'Only an intense investigation by an outside source can determine the damage she has done'.
"She did not have access to highly classified information", the official said.
The State Department declined to comment, saying they "do not comment on allegations related to intelligence or personnel matters, and we have no information for you on this alleged incident".
In the published us intelligence agencies stated that every employee of a diplomatic mission could be "the goal of influence of foreign intelligence services".
The Secret Service asserts that the woman did not have access to national security secrets, but did not deny that she was a potential mole.
While the US Senate Committee on Intelligence continues to probe the role of suspected online hackers who accessed the details of elections to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), "it it is possible that all of the information they needed to get into the system came from the internal breach in the secret service", he said. As a result, the duties are limited to translation, interpretation, cultural guidance, liaison and administrative support.
"Diplomatic Security and other law enforcement agencies rigorously vet new hires at our missions overseas, and all employees are also subject to ongoing reviews to ensure they are fully complying with their security responsibilities and Department security requirements", the State Department said.