Central Intelligence Agency denies report it was fleeced by mystery Russian

A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency seal in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley Virginia

A shady Russian operative who said he could deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons and compromising material on President Donald Trump was paid $100,000 by USA intelligence previous year, The New York Times reported on Friday.

The $100,000 was paid in cash in a suitcase in a Berlin hotel room back in September and was supposed to be the first installment of a $1 million payout.

Shortly after the story was covered on The Intercept, The New York Times provided its own report on a mysterious Russian who claimed that he would deliver stolen NSA hacking tools and compromising material on the USA president in exchange for $100,000.

The operative's "eagerness" to provide them with the supposed damaging information, those officials said, led them to suspect he was attempting to bait them into stoking animosity between the American intelligence community and the president as part of a Russian operation to sow division within the USA government.

"The fictional story that CIA was bilked out of US$100,000 is patently false", the Central Intelligence Agency said in a statement sent to AFP. However, the N.S.A. told the NYT that "all N.S.A. employees have a lifetime obligation to protect classified information".

Several American officials said they did not want the alleged information about Mr. Trump.

The tweets were sent throughout 2017 and reportedly, the NSA officials would tell the Russian to expect public tweets in advance.

Instead of coming through on his end of the deal, the Russian spy handed over a 15-second video that showed an American businessman speaking to two women in a hotel room.

The CIA in a statement pushed back against reporting that said USA spies were swindled out of $100,000 during secret negotiations meant to obtain stolen cyber tools.

An explosive memo declassified by Trump more than a week ago shows that top officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ used an unverified and politically motivated anti-Trump dossier to obtain a warrant to surveil Trump associate Carter Page.

The Russian took the money but never turned anything over.

"According to the @nytimes, a Russian sold phony secrets on "Trump" to the U.S. Asking price was $10 million, brought down to $1 million to be paid over time".

No officials wanted to pass on information they thought might help determine what had happened.

The seller also repeatedly pressed U.S. agents with offers of compromising materials, or kompromat, on Trump, the Times said.

"That's one of the bedevilling things about counter-intelligence and the wilderness that it is - nobody wants to be caught in a position of saying we wrote that off and then five years later saying, 'Holy cow, it was actually a real guy, '" Hall said. According to the newspaper, the hacker thanked them for the offer and left.

The Russian also said he was holding on to the NSA cyberweapons "at the orders of senior Russian intelligence officials".

Trump denies any collusion with Russian Federation.

USA officials suspect that at least some of the sellers are working for Russia's spy services.

That, at least, is the official story as reported by The New York Times Friday night. All are purported to be Russian intelligence reports, and each focuses on associates of Trump.

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