Russian spies made repeated attempts to get close to Hillary Clinton in 2009 and 2010 when she was secretary of state, according to newly declassified FBI documents.
The Hill reported on Sunday that in one instance, a female Russian spy attempted to gather intelligence on Clinton and the State Department by posing as a New Jersey accountant. She used a false identity to gain employment under a major Democratic donor and lived in New Jersey with her husband and children as part of a ten-member Russian sleeper cell.
She was later arrested and deported, according to news reports.
In 2010, when the story first arose, Clinton’s staff said there was “no reason to think the Secretary was a target of this spy ring.” However, FBI documents show that agents actually watched the spy attempt to get close to Clinton.
“There is not one shred of doubt from the evidence that we had that the Russians had set their sights on Hillary Clinton’s circle because she was the quarterback of the Obama-Russian reset strategy and the assumed successor to Obama as president,” said a source familiar with the FBI’s evidence at the time.
Clinton’s office has said reports on the spy ring and attempts by the Kremlin to gain influence over her and the Obama administration are partisan.
“Nothing has changed since the last time this was addressed, including the right’s transparent attempts to distract from their own Russia problems, which are real and a grave threat to our national security,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said Saturday.
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