The mystery Russian who reportedly bilked the CIA out of $100,000 may not have existed at all? If he did not exist, where did this detailed story originate? The CIA says that the story reported by the Times is an outright lie. If that is true, who sold the story to James Risen and Matt Rosenberg?
As Written and Reported By Ian Timberlake for AFP:
Washington (AFP) – The CIA on Saturday categorically denied reports that it was fleeced by a mystery Russian who promised compromising information on US President Donald Trump.
The secretive agency rarely issues any kind of comment, but came out to deny the report in The New York Times and a similar one in The Intercept, an online journal focusing on national security issues.
“The fictional story that CIA was bilked out of $100,000 is patently false,” the Central Intelligence Agency said in a statement sent to AFP.