Since 1996, Monika Lewinsky was a well-known name to Boris Yeltzin and the Russian intelligence service. This means two years before the world had knowledge of US ex-president Bill Clintons’s hot affair with the White House intern.
Yeltzin revealed a hint in his book published in October, “Midnight Diaries”: US Republican Party wanted to “plant” a sexy young woman in the White House to provoke Clinton. In an interview to the London Times, Yeltzin confirmed it was Lewinsky.
Former US intelligence officials say the Russians got the information by compromising secure information from the White House, possibly given out by FBI spy Robert Hanssen.