MOSCOW – Sputnik’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, commenting on the information about the FBI questioning a former employee of the news agency, expressed her confidence that if Sputnik is being investigated by the US authorities, similar measures can be taken against US journalists in Russia.
Earlier in the day, the Yahoo News portal reported citing anonymous sources that the US Federal Bureau of Investigations had questioned former Sputnik employee Andrew Feinberg as part of the investigation into allegations that the agency acted as a Russian propaganda agency in violation of the US Foreign Agents Act (FARA). The portal claimed that the FBI had access to Sputnik’s working correspondence from Feinberg and another former employee of Sputnik’s Washington bureau Joseph John Fionda.
“There is no doubt that Russia will respond to the FBI investigation the same way, and now they will begin checking the work of US journalists in Moscow. All this is more than disgusting. Freedom of speech is turning in its grave. Those who invented it killed it,” Simonyan told Sputnik.
The FBI itself has not responded to Sputnik’s inquiry on whether it was conducting an investigation against the news agency within two days.