XINHUA (REUTERS) – The Chinese foreign ministry has denied the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) claims that a retired New York City cop was hacked into by Russian intelligence officials, claiming the allegations were “pure fabrication” and defamatory.
US Special Agent-in-Charge of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Officer Susan Rieger was reassigned after the DOJ’s office made the accusation, the DoJ said in a statement on Friday (Sept 21).
DoJ Spokeswoman Sandhya Sampat said Rieger’s former supervisors were “responsible for the activity” which had left her “vulnerable to identity theft.”
“As the employee made clear, this activity compromised her and others’ personal information which resulted in fraudulent purchases and identity theft,” Sampat said.
She denied the allegations that the official had been ordered or supplied with detailed information by Russian intelligence agencies.
“The allegations the DoJ made are pure fabrication,” said the foreign ministry.
“They are a form of defamation, maliciously caused by biased, smear and slander to damage the Beijing-New York ties.”
DOJ spokesman Patrick Fenton said the agency considered Rieger’s resignation “reluctant.”
Rieger, who returned to the United States last week, could not be reached by phone or on social media. She resigned from the FBI last year.