20 Oct 2018 10:54

Russian Embassy: U.S. officials' disclosure of personal data of embassy staff is deliberate act

WASHINGTON. Oct 20 (Interfax) - The disclosure of personal information of the staff of the Russian Embassy in Washington and financial documents by a detained employee of the United States Department of the Treasury is a deliberate act aimed at vilifying Russian diplomats, the Russian Embassy in the U.S. told Interfax.

"We knew from the outset that this was a deliberate act aimed at aggravating anti-Russia hysteria and tarnishing Russian diplomats and the Russian embassy," the press service of the diplomatic mission said, commenting on the detention of Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, who is accused of leaking financial documents of the Russian Embassy in Washington to the media among other things.

The embassy said it does not comment on internal affairs of the U.S. "We would simply like to remind you that the embassy earlier addressed the State Department with a demand to resolve this issue and put an end to the disclosure of Embassy employees' private data," it said.

Russian diplomats said they still "expect the U.S. Department of State to respond in substance to our appeals and ensure normal working conditions for foreign diplomatic missions in the United States."