A Cambridge graduate accused of being a serial seducer of spymasters and the key to alleged links between the Trump administration and Russia has hit back at such claims.
Svetlana Lokhova, 37, spoke with Michael Flynn at the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, a gathering of former intelligence officials hosted at Cambridge University in 2014.
Moscow-born Miss Lokhova showed the President’s former national security adviser a number of historic Russian documents – including an ‘erotic postcard’ that Joseph Stalin sent to a woman in 1912.
It is claimed the two remained in email contact afterwards and swapped messages on an unclassified channel – Mr Flynn allegedly signed himself ‘General Misha’, Russian for Michael.
Yet Miss Lokhova has now refuted such claims and insisted that she had no such relationship with Mr Flynn, who was forced to resign from his post as US National Security Adviser after just 24 days in office last year.
Svetlana Lokhova, 37, spoke with Michael Flynn at the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, a gathering of former intelligence officials hosted at Cambridge University in 2014
It is claimed the two remained in email contact afterwards and swapped messages on an unclassified channel – Mr Flynn allegedly signed himself ‘General Misha’, Russian for Michael. Pictured: Michael Flynn with Donald Trump
He had allegedly failed to be honest to the US about contacts with a Russian Ambassador during the transition to the Trump administration.
After his resignation in February, there were reports that Mr Flynn’s supposed contact with Miss Lokhova allegedly caused alarm among British and US intelligence officials who saw it as evidence that Mr Flynn was behaving in a ‘worrisome’ manner.
Miss Lokhova, a British citizen, was seen as a Russian spy or a ‘honeytrap’ by social media users.
Yet the mother says: ‘I owe everything I’ve achieved to this country, I just don’t understand how I’ve become the enemy,’ in an interview with the Sunday Times.
Mr Flynn was forced out as Mr Trump’s national security adviser after less than a month for lying about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US.
Mr Flynn and Miss Lokhova, a Cambridge graduate and historian, are said to have been introduced to each other at the end of the dinner in Cambridge.
At the time Mr Flynn was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Obama and had access to highly classified information and military secrets.
What alarmed intelligence officials was that Miss Lokhova appears to have gained rare access to previously classified Soviet-era material in Moscow for her forthcoming book, The Guardian reported.
Yet she insists that while Soviet intelligence files ‘will never be declassified’, she spent ‘a very long time’ in other communist-era archives to research for her new book.
After his resignation from the Trump (right) administration in February, there were reports that Mr Flynn’s (left) supposed contact with Miss Lokhova allegedly caused alarm among British and US intelligence officials
Adding to the intrigue, Mr Flynn did not tell the US authorities about his meeting with Miss Lokhova, who used to work for the London branch of Russia’s state-controlled Sberbank.
However, Price Floyd, a spokesman for Mr Flynn, previously said the meeting between him and Miss Lokhova was an ‘incidental contact’.
In 2015 she won a £3.2million payout after winning an employment tribunal case in London against Sberbank CIB for sex discrimination and harassment.
The hearing was told her bosses branded her ‘crazy Miss Cokehead’ and forced her out of her £750,000 a year job as an equity saleswoman.
Workmates falsely accused her of being a cocaine user and said she was hired only because of her looks.
The tribunal ruled that she had suffered ‘disgraceful’ harassment and victimisation.