Russian operatives are harassing U.S. diplomats in Europe, according to multiple former intelligence officials who described a series of secret memos to The Washington Post.
In President Obama’s first term Russian spies broke into the United States defense attache’s home and assassinated his dog, they told The Washington Post based on the memos. In another stunning instance, a Russian spy broke into one U.S. diplomat’s house and defecated in the middle of his living room carpet.
Russian spies reportedly routinely break into U.S. diplomats houses to turn all the lights and TV on, just to signal that U.S. diplomats are vulnerable in Europe. In Moscow U.S. diplomats can expect to have their tires slashed and be followed constantly. If you’re the ambassador, Russian thugs will follow your children to school just to make a point that they can. Russian’s will also show up to U.S. diplomatic social engagements uninvited to harass attendee’s.
President Obama was briefed on the incident and decided not to respond in kind to Russian diplomats across the world. Secretary of State John Kerry recently approached Russian President Vladimir Putin to request his government stop the harassment of U.S. diplomats, reports The Washington Post. Putin reportedly did not commit to ending the practice.
A spokesmen for the Russian government justified the practice to The Washington Post saying, “The deterioration of U.S.-Russia relations, which was not caused by us, but rather by the current Administrations’ policy of sanctions.”
“The Russian side has never acted proactively to negatively affect U.S. diplomats in any way.”
In 2006, Kremlin agents placed radioactive material in the tea of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko while he was at a bar in London. The British Government recently released a report saying Putin “probably” approved the plan. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown confirmed the British government knew Putin ordered the assassination at the time, and were scared “that further assassinations on British soil were possible.”
“When the Russian government singles people out for this kind of intimidation, going from intimidation to harassment to something worse is not inconceivable,” former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas told The Washington Post.
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