Russian Foreign Ministry accuses US intelligence agencies of using journalists in espionage

05.04.2024, Moscow.

US intelligence services, violating US law, use journalists as their agents, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on April 5 on her Telegram channel, commenting on the anniversary of the detention of The Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich on espionage charges.

She showed the front page of The Wall Street Journal, where an empty column entitled that Gershkovich’s report could have been here. Zakharova recalled how he was caught red-handed. The diplomat added that he could have written about Kiev’s terrorist attacks on Russian territory or about the murders of journalists in Ukraine.

“He could have, but for some reason he didn’t write all those years he worked in Russia. He could have, if he had been engaged in journalism and not in spy activities,” Zakharova wrote.

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman recalled American journalist Gonzalo Lira, who was killed after eight months of imprisonment in Ukraine. Zakharova noted that the mass media in the USA did not publish mourning articles and did not launch a criminal case over his murder.

Gershkovich was detained in Yekaterinburg. He was accused of collecting secret information about one of the defense enterprises. A case was opened against the journalist under Article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code (espionage).

US President Joe Biden said on March 29, 2024 that he “admires the hell out of” Gershkovich because he does not give up.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency