NBC and CNN reported September 10, 2019 that the CIA pulled a long-time spy out of Russia in 2017, after President Trump confided secret intelligence provided by Israel to two Russian officials.
The man was purportedly a high-ranking official in the Russian government who had provided years of information to the US. According to CNN, “According to CNN’s sources, the spy had access to Putin and could even provide images of documents on the Russian leader’s desk.”
In May 2017, in a meeting in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, Trump disclosed intel about ISIS in Syria that had come from Israel.
The intel was not cleared to be shared by the Israelis. Trump had closed that meeting to all but a Russian photographer, so alarm bells apparently started going off at the CIA after that. Worried that Trump might share information about all sorts of matters that the Russians would find useful, the CIA decided to pull out the spy.
Probably, the spy freaked out after reading the story about Trump sharing info and asked for his evacuation.
Now, NBC reports that the man is now living in the DC area under his own name. NBC somewhat comically reported attempting to talk to the man at his residence:
“An NBC News correspondent went to the man’s house in the Washington area and rang the doorbell. Five minutes later, two young men in an SUV came racing up the street and parked immediately adjacent to the correspondent’s car. The men, who identified themselves only as friends of the Russian, asked the correspondent what he was doing there. A former senior national security official said the men were likely U.S. government agents monitoring the Russian’s house.”
It took five mins for the man’s security detail to arrive! Let’s hope the spy doesn’t end up like some of Putin’s other enemies, like that double poisoning in the UK last year.