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Moscow spy chief under fire after double agent's identity revealed

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(Read caption) Mikhail Fradkov, head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, is seen in this file photo.

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Russia’s top spy, Mikhail Fradkov, may find his career on the line following the revelation that a double agent turned over the names and files of 10 spies working deep undercover in the United States this summer.

Russian legislators and other officials want to see Mr. Fradkov, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), removed from office for not discovering the mole. The double agent is seen as an embarrassment to the Russian intelligence community and a sign of Fradkov’s failures as intelligence chief, reports The Moscow Times.

“If these rumors have started circulating, and knowing Fradkov's business skills, I think there are grounds to fire him,” a former senior intelligence officer who asked to remain anonymous told The Moscow Times. “Betrayal is just a pretext.”

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