"CNN's narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false", CIA director of public affairs Brittany Bramell told CNN.
"We believe. that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities", the statement said.
US media are reporting that the CIA in 2017 extracted a Russian who provided top-secret intelligence on President Vladimir Putin, including information about alleged Russian meddling in the USA 2016 presidential election.
As US officials began to realise that Russian Federation was trying to sabotage the 2016 presidential election, the informant became one of the CIA's most important - and highly protected - assets.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham responded to the story by saying "CNN's reporting is not only incorrect, it has the potential to put lives in danger".
"It's quite likely", the official continued, "that the USA intelligence community would already be taking a hard look at extracting any US assets who would have been subject to increased levels of scrutiny" after the assessment's publication. "Misguided speculation that the president's handling of our nation's most sensitive intelligence - which he has access to each and every day - drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate".
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Asked about the matter, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Smolenkov had really worked in the Russian presidential administration but had been fired in 2016/17.
Those concerns continued to grow in the period after Trump's Oval Office meeting with Kislyak and Lavrov.
There was no suggestion that President Trump directly compromised the source in Russian Federation, and reports said that widespread media speculation about United States intelligence conclusions had contributed to the decision to extract the source. That would nearly certainly mean that some of the information the informant provided about the Russian interference campaign or Mr. Putin's intentions would have been inaccurate. The US intelligence community considers Russian Federation one of the two greatest threats to US national security, along with China.
Despite providing vital intelligence from Vladimir Putin's inner circle, the spy was pulled out of Moscow in 2017 amid fears for their safety.
Serving as an asset or informant is unsafe work, and as the potential for exposure increases, "then it's not a surprise that these people are extracted", said one former senior US official.
Donald Trump with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Vietnam on November 11, 2017.
The source was considered the highest level source for the US inside the Kremlin, high up in the national security infrastructure, according to the source familiar with the matter and a former senior intelligence official. The news outlet said details of the removal remain secret, and it does not know the whereabouts of the covert source.