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Russia considering response to FBI probe into RT and Sputnik

Russia will retaliate if America impedes the work of RT and Sputnik.

As the ‘Russiagate’ narrative continues to flounder and consequently fall off the radar of American mainstream media, the FBI recently announced a probe into the multi-lingual Russian news organisations RT and Sputnik.

Sputnik and RT are just some of the many foreign owned media networks which operate offices in the United States, but unlike the BBC(UK state-owned), Al Jazeera (Qatari state-owned), Al Arabiya (Saudi state-owned) or the CBC (Canada state owned), only RT and Sputnik have been threatened by the FBI.

The matter stems from two disgruntled former employees at Sputnik going to the FBI with sensational claims about the nature of Russian state involvement in RT and Sputnik, in spite of the fact that the business model of state-ownership in media outlets is well defined and has been for decades. The United States itself operates several state-owned outlets on foreign soil, most notably Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe.

During his last  year in office, Barack Obama pledged further funding and other resources for America’s state-owned media outlets over seas.

However, in a move which defies reason and America’s own state-run as well as private sector business practices, the FBI seeks to investigate whether RT and Sputnik should be forced to register as ‘foreign agents’, as opposed to journalistic organisations, under the obscure Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which was designed to target Nazi propaganda during the 1930s. The act has hardly ever been invoked and the very idea of going after Russian media using a law originally designed to target the great opponent of the Soviet and Russian people, fascist Germany, simply adds insult to injury.

READ MORE: State-sponsored intimidation, or when FARA goes too far

Now, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has issued Russia’s response. She called the move on the part of the US authorities, a violation of America’s own very well defined free speech laws. She further stated that it was “unacceptable” for a so-called democracy to behave in the way the US is behaving in respect of well known media organisations.

Zakharova then stated,

“We reserve the right to respond to the outrageous actions of the American side”.

As many US broadcasters operate freely in Russia. Against this background, the US may be on the verge of setting a precedent that will come back to haunt them.

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Mr. Costelol
Mr. Costelol
September 15, 2017

Congratulations to RT and Sputnik for triggering globalist snowflakes, they must feel threatened not having complete monopoly over the narrative. This is a sign of weakness, but what else could we expect from the murderous cowards that run the global deep state.
Then again this has always been the agenda from Harold Lasswell, Reinhold Niebuhr, Walter Lippmann….

Have no illusions about “western partners”.

gbardizbanian
gbardizbanian
September 15, 2017

They call themselves the champion of “democracy”! Is the average American aware of how low his government has sunk?

colum
colum
Reply to  gbardizbanian
September 15, 2017

As long as they are getting something to distract them, then no they aren’t aware. Welcome to the magic circle where illusion and misdirection are key.

nshah
nshah
Reply to  colum
September 19, 2017

Reminds me of my youngest son when he was 7-8 yrs of age he would always say..
Welcome to the magical world of Disney..
when he saw or heard something weird or beyond his knowledge..

Daniel Rich
Daniel Rich
Reply to  gbardizbanian
September 17, 2017

@ gbardizbanian,

Should we blame those who have the attention span of a fruit fly or those who turn the masses into fruit flies?

Cui bono?

Voltaire
Voltaire
September 15, 2017

I think the Russians should waterboard a few US journalists in the Russian provinces….

and say that it was a “mistake”‘ but they thought these journalists were “aiding and abetting” terrorism…

(which they probably are when US journalists go to Chechnya)…

Daisy Adler
Daisy Adler
September 15, 2017

What about France24, French government owned?

fredd
fredd
September 16, 2017

this must be this much flaunted free press in the US free to print/broadcast what the corporate government dictates

TecumsehUnfaced
TecumsehUnfaced
September 16, 2017

Why isn’t the FBI investigating AIPAC for interfering in American elections and acting as a foreign agent, something it has been doing for 66 years? These people are fanatic Israel-firsters, who put Israel’s predatory interests ahead of American interests. They do much more damage to use that any Russians. Thousands of our young people die fighting their wars for them.

I want you to die for Israel

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/154/334470993_e0f84d2516.jpg

Rastislav Veľká Morava
Rastislav Veľká Morava
Reply to  TecumsehUnfaced
September 16, 2017

Bingo!

cortisol
cortisol
Reply to  Rastislav Veľká Morava
September 16, 2017

Americans can even get a $1 million fine or 10 years in prison for criticizing Israel. Also their congress recently just accepted, with a 95% yes vote, home search policy without a warrant.

That’s American democracy for you. Every day they are being taken less and less seriously anywhere in the world. They deserve to sink in their own filth, which is the price of total ignorance.

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
Reply to  cortisol
September 17, 2017

The USA has never had or been a democracy except in name only.

Ian Shears
Ian Shears
September 17, 2017

RT and Sputniknews are very open to comment. I believe the problem is not that there are ‘foreign agents’ in these organizations working to overthrow the Government of the United States but that silencing the commentariat is ineffective because of the open-minded approach to moderation these folk take.

nshah
nshah
Reply to  Ian Shears
September 19, 2017

You mean most of them folks can’t comprehend truths..? Agreed..!

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
September 17, 2017

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers. The FBI should be investigated, all the way back to Hoover and certainly Mueller’s work as pointman for the WTC demolition would bring down the Regime in Washington. What the FBI is doing is the longest running cover-up in the history of the world.

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