The Russian government remains silent with several of four people arrested on treason charges linked to a government cyber-espionage unit and the CIA by Moscow’s media outlets.
No Russian government officials have commented publicly on the arrests but Ivan Pavlov, a Russian defence lawyer specialising in treason cases, has confirmed to The Associated Press at least four arrests on linked treason charges have taken place.
In recent days lurid and contradictory details that most assume are leaked by warring factions of intelligence officers have filled the media in Moscow, including reports one of the arrested was a source for the CIA.
US intelligence agencies alleged in early January that President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the US presidential election in favour of Donald Trump, with actions that included using a group called Fancy Bear to hack email accounts of individuals on the Democratic National Committee.
In an unclassified version of their report