A top Russian cyber-crimes agent was arrested on treason charges in December 2016 and now faces 20 years in prison.
The story is making the rounds again the night before the Trump-Putin meetings in Helsinki, Finland.
Sergei Mikhailov served in the FSB’s Center for Information Security, the agency’s cyberintelligence branch, which has been implicated by US intelligence in the American election “hacking.”
Sergei Mikhailov and his associate Dmitry Dokuchayev were both arrested in late 2016.
Russian media claims they found $12 million in Mikhailov’s apartment when he was arrested.
The Daily Mail reported:
Russian spycatchers are scrambling to figure out how long an accused double-agent was working for the CIA after a ‘dramatic’ discovery about his shady past.
Sergei Mikhailov faces treason changes in Moscow evidently linked to leaks giving US investigators the knowledge that Vladimir Putin’s intelligence services hacked and meddled in the American presidential election.
The colonel – a department head in the FSB security agency’s Center for Information Security, pictured here – was arrested in December during a meeting of senior officers at the agency’s Lubyanka HQ,and could face 20 years in jail.
A bag was placed over his head and he was frogmarched from the room in handcuffs.
Mikhailov – apparently a high level cyber asset – was originally recruited by the Americans during a vacation in a Mediterranean country, according to TV channel REN, citing security service sources.
The suspected mole “Sergei Mikhailov” may not have even been using his real name.
No further details were given of this version of a case that is seen to have been highly damaging to Russia and the FSB, known in Soviet times as the KGB.
Other sources say a probe into Mikhailov started after sensational evidence came to light that he has long used a fake identity, even raising the specter that he could have been planted on Moscow.
‘It was suspected that perhaps Mikhailov is not really called Mikhailov,’ stated investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
‘Two sources pointed to him being ‘a foreign intelligence mole inside the FSB’, it was reported.
Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty released a video on the alleged double agents in February of last year.