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International News
US extracted spy that confirmed Putin role in 2016 US vote: reports
 
Washington: US agents extracted a high-level Russian government source who had confirmed Vladimir Putin's direct role in interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, US media reported.

The source, who had been providing information for decades, had access to Putin and had sent pictures of high-level documents on the Russian leader's desk, CNN reported.

The network said the spy was pulled out of Russia in 2017 due to concerns that President Donald Trump and his cabinet could expose the asset due to repeated mishandling of classified intelligence.

The CIA refuted this. Brittany Bramell, the agency's director of public affairs, told CNN: "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." The agency offered to extract the source in late 2016 but the informant initially refused, citing family issues, the New York Times reported.

This prompted fears that the informant had become a double agent -- but months later the source relented, the Times added.

The unnamed individual was key in providing information that led US intelligence to conclude Putin directly orchestrated Russian interference in favor of Trump and against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, the Times said.

The informant was also directly linked Putin to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, resulting in the release of a flood of embarrassing messages, the newspaper reported.

According to the Times, the agent was the CIA's most valuable Russian asset.

The extraction has "effectively blinded" American intelligence to the Kremlin's inner workings during the 2018 US midterm election, the Times report said, as well as the upcoming 2020 presidential election.


Hong Kong returns to violence with tear gas and Molotovs
36 people missing after boat sinks in Congo river: DRC police
Underfire PM calls up Hulk, claims 'huge' Brexit progress
Former PM Cameron 'sorry' for Brexit divisions
Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri quits politics, resigns from party
Afghan government says elections first, peace deal after
Pak PM Khan may talk to President Trump twice during US visit
New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque massacre
India''s action in Kashmir threat to peace in region: Pak Prez By Sajjad Hussain
Stowaway passengers killed in DR Congo train derailment
Google agrees to pay 965 mln euros to settle fiscal disputes with France
Outgoing parliament deals new Brexit blow to British PM
Parliament deals British PM Brexit blow before suspension
Hong Kong's Joshua Wong on way to Germany, US after brief detention
US, Taliban keep open door to talks after summit scrapped
Philippines confirms African swine fever, culls 7,000 pigs
Pak team leaves for Bangkok to hold meeting with FATF on terror financing
Ex-UK minister says Johnson not trying to get a Brexit deal
US 'not surprised' Iran starting new nuclear centrifuges: Esper
Russia, Ukraine swapping prisoners in landmark exchange
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
'Game of Thrones' prequel series about Targaryen clan in works at HBO
 Los Angeles: HBO is moving ahead with yet another prequel show to its smash-hit series "Game of Thro  
It was intimidating directing Farhan, says Shonali Bose
Biopic on Steve McQueen in the works at Wonderfilm Media
'Face/Off' reboot in the works
KERALA NEWS
Tipplers guzzle Rs 487 crore worth liqour during onam
 Thiruvananthapuram: Tipplers in Kerala guzzled liqour worth a record Rs 487 crore sold through state
candidate selection for Pala by-election is an internal matter of KC(M): Chandy
Kevin Murder Case: Double life sentence for all 10 convicts
Malayalam actor, film crew stranded in Himachal village
NATIONAL NEWS
Dearth of quality people in north India: Labour minister on unemployment
 Lucknow: Union labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar has said there was no dearth of employment oppo
Will implement NRC in Haryana, says Khattar
One nation-one language will never be a reality: Jairam Ramesh
My govt committed to the welfare of peasants & also to promote industry: Mamata
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