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http://www.businessinsider.com/sputnik-fbi-russia-investigation-2017-9

Note, article contains 10 hyperlinked sources in the text so if you want to see any of those click the link rather than reading the copy below:

The FBI is investigating whether Russia's state-owned Sputnik News is a propaganda arm of the Kremlin and therefore operating in the United States in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Yahoo News reported Sunday.

Sputnik's former White House correspondent, Andrew Feinberg, confirmed to Business Insider on Monday that the bureau interviewed him on September 1 about his brief but eye-opening time at Sputnik, which he outlined in Politico late last month.

"As if my life wasn't insane enough already," Feinberg said in an email when asked about the news.

The FBI is now in possession of thousands of internal Sputnik emails and documents that Feinberg downloaded before he left the company and handed over earlier this month, according to Yahoo.

Feinberg used Twitter in May to announce that he'd left Sputnik and "would love to tell you why."

Sputnik and Russia's other state-owned news outlet, Russia Today, share an editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan. The US intelligence community has pointed to outlets like Russia Today as being part of a disinformation campaign on behalf of the Kremlin to hurt Hillary Clinton's chances of winning last year's US election.

Sputnik US's editor-in-chief, Mindia Gavasheli, told Yahoo that "any assertion that we are not a news organization is simply false," adding that "this is the first time I'm hearing about" the FBI investigation.

But Sputnik's slant is no secret. As the Atlantic Council has written, the presidential decree that founded Sputnik's parent company described the outlet's purpose as "reporting the state policy of the Russian Federation, and public life in the Russian Federation, abroad."

Asha Rangappa, a former FBI counterintelligence agent, noted that the FBI "stays away from REAL journalists."
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"If the FBI is willing to directly confront 'journalists,' it means that they don't think that independent news is what they are up to," Rangappa said. "It suggests to me that they believe — and are potentially willing to show a court — that these 'journalists' are actually foreign agents and are taking direction pretty directly from a foreign power (in this case, the Kremlin)."

Feinberg told Business Insider earlier this year that it wasn't long before Sputnik asked him to write things that either lacked appropriate context or had a decidedly pro-Russian slant that he argued distorted reality.

Feinberg said his editors pushed him to characterize Russia's annexation of Crimea as the product of a "referendum" rather than an invasion. (An article from April 27, titled "Brussels to Keep Denying Crimean Self-Determination Until Trump Says Otherwise," refers to the referendum several times, as do previous articles.)

"That referendum took place at gunpoint and tank-point," Feinberg said, referring to the fact that the vote — which the European Union and US condemned as illegal, and which most Crimeans boycotted entirely — took place after pro-Russian forces had taken control of the peninsula.

"If I had tried to add any of that context, it wouldn't have gotten past the first edit," Feinberg said.

He said his managers, most of whom "were on the young side, in their 20s or 30s," scolded him after he asked former White House press secretary Sean Spicer earlier this year why the US was not sending weapons to Ukraine, he said, to help the army fend off pro-Russian separatists in the country's east. (He ended up filing the story, anyway, and it was published.)

At one point, Feinberg said he was tasked with asking Spicer a question that framed Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical-weapons attack as a so-called false-flag attack staged by Assad's opponents. (Russian President Vladimir Putin, an Assad ally, subsequently repeated that claim.)
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Feinberg said that he couldn't be sure how much instruction his higher-ups were getting directly from the Kremlin and that it wasn't obvious whether they supported President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

"No one there really ever talked about Trump in glowing terms," Feinberg said. "Most of the Americans there just want to do journalism."

The final straw, Feinberg said, was when his managers told him to ask Spicer about Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer whose killing has spawned conspiracy theories on the far right. The police say he was the victim of a botched robbery, and the investigation is ongoing.

Fox News published a story advancing an alternative theory in May that was subsequently retracted and is now the subject of a lawsuit filed by Rod Wheeler, a detective hired by Rich's family to investigate his death.

Wheeler alleged that he was misquoted in the Fox story and that the White House, including Trump, had knowledge of the story before it was published. The lawsuit claims that a wealthy Trump supporter worked in concert with a Fox News reporter to push the story. Fox News has called the claims contained in the lawsuit "erroneous."

"It's disturbing but not surprising that the White House apparently was very eager to push the same unfounded story as the Russian state-owned news outfit that I worked for," Feinberg said.

"I'm not going to spout any wild conspiracy theories, but there is a pattern of these interests aligning," he said.
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Feinberg says he refused to ask Spicer about Rich and was subsequently fired without explanation. Sputnik told Business Insider that the problem was not its editorial policy but Feinberg's work ethic.

"We would like to extend our gratitude to Mr. Feinberg for passion he demonstrated at the beginning of his career at Sputnik," the organization told Business Insider.

"Unfortunately, as high as it was this passion did not convert into the same level of professional journalism and the amount of exclusive stories that our clients and readers are looking for."

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>>177370
How will Hannity and the rest of wingnut radio spin this one? Is this all Hillary's fault somehow?
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>>177370
>it wasn't obvious whether they supported Trump over Clinton
Sounds like they were more unbiased then our own media.

In all seriousness though, it sounds like the disinformation campaign was more focused on Assad and Ukraine. The Seth Rich story was the only one that was even tangentially about Trump, but since it took place after the election there is no way it could have influenced it. I guess we'll need to wait and see what the emails bring, but as of right now there really isn't anything here. Good to see a named source for once though.
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>>177370
Russias annexation of Crimea wasn't an invasion. They leased the ports as the USSR to Ukraine for a designated period, like China with Hong Kong. They litterally just returned to take the ports back. Not exactly suave, but it's not unprecedented.
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>>177375
But-but her emails!
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>>177385

Fuck off, Ivan
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>>177401
pretty much this, mememails will be milked until everyone forgets about them over whatever new dirt will be dug up eventually.
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>>177404
When confronted with the truth, cognitive dissonance often reveals itself in ideological thinkers

Funny how the Democrats and left are now the boogy man anti-Russia movement now. Bigotry at its finest.
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>>177375
5 words.

Ben her emails and ghazi
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>>177424
Did you actually read the emails?
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>>177370
this the 99999999th repeated round of ...

>"MUH POOR LAST YEARS ELECTION"

whats amazing is how they're all stillbutthurtandithasn't healed yet. i overheard they had quote "it all planned out" in reguards to bids that hilary would win. deepstate idiots.
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>>177385
Holy shit and to think they say there are no Russian shills on this board.
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How many Sputnik news links get submitted to /news/ and /pol/?
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>>177465
More on /pol/ than /news/ and most of the time the Russians stick to a less obviously Russian site like Zerohedge or truthfeed or truepundit or any one of their many propaganda sites but they definitely post sputnik and RT often.
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The Russians hired the Jewish Feinberg to pry their way into the Jewish controlled media. The only problem is that there's that existential Jewish thing that supersedes all other loyalties and rational processes. So Feinberg did what all Jews in the media do, he lied and basically pushed the agenda of the State Department, the CIA, and their Jewish Wall Street Oligarchs.

And this idea that CNN isn't basically a propaganda arm of the US ruling powers is ludicrous.

Go to www.voxnews.com for the facts about your world.
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>>177453
Crimea is rightfully Russian Clay.
Just like Cuba is rightful American Clay.
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>>177453
There's shills for everybody and everything.
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>>177483
stop laying. I've been browsing /pol/ since forever and never seen many russian news links in any large topic. /pol/ is also better at identifying shills so that might be another factor
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>>177375
NOthing to spin. It's just another anti-russia witch hunt.
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>>177401
Yeah those were an actual crime and a pretty significant one.
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>>177412
Good she needs to answer for that crime. Obstruction of justice is a big deal.
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>>177453
heh only shills are the left idiots who still push the russiagate nonsense.
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Well that's probably the most obvious piece of news since ever.
I'm just waiting for the party to crumble completely so the US can get a chance to have a party with actual liberal economic platform. i'm afraid they'll just become another green party though, we need a secular populist social platform.
I think that stands a chance of uniting a true majority of the electorate across the political and demographic spectrum in the long-term.

The problem is too many republicans want a constitutional convention, and while I think one would be nice so that the Citizens United ruling can be undone, it's possible the republican establishment will just use rewriting the constitution to move us toward a single-party state and enshrine forced economic conservatism into the constitution since that's what the Koch bros have been dreaming of.
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>>177418
>Funny how the Democrats and left are now the boogy man anti-Russia movement now. Bigotry at its finest.
I'm not anti-Russia but it's not fair that the political right should team up with a foreign government to gain the considerable support of their state resources in election seasons.
That's probably the most anti-American thing a political party could ever do.
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>>177961
>/pol/ is also better at identifying shills so that might be another factor
How to identify shillls, /pol/ style:
step 1: everyone that doesn't agree with Trump is a shareblue zionist deep state SJW propagandist shill
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>DNC conspiracy
Are Podestas emails fake? Then writing about them is not a conspiracy.
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>>177998
the DNC conspiracy to internally enable Hillary to win the primary despite what voters wanted was real and a lie.
But it's still not right to violate peoples' right to privacy, even if you find something incriminating.
I'm not sure what people expected. Yeah, it was wrong of the DNC to do, but what did people think happened with Dems and Repubs behind closed doors? Was anyone under the illusion that these parties are the most transparent way to choose candidates in the first place?
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Are you sure about that?!
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>>178013
It's wrong to violate a person's individual privacy, but the DNC and GOP are public service / political entities and the leaks were 100% ethical. It revealed some very disturbing truths about how political parties and media outlets operate today.

And the DNCs response was all the more telling of how disconnected they were, and how entitled they feel. Instead if owning up to the mistake, they decided to concoct a rabid and untrue (if not incredibly irresponsible) claims of Russian being the new terror and threat to American democracy. You could see as the DNC fell, the cognitive dissonance grew louder and more aggressive towards the opposition and Trump.
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>>178055
>Concoct the Russia angle
So are you saying every intelligence chief lied about the Russian meddling, and that Mueller is busting down Manafort's door just because the judge gave him a free pass on having to find probable cause? Also that Junior wasn't trying to get Russian help to take down Hillary when he showed up with the most senior members of the Trump campaign? And that we shouldn't be concerned that Sessions and Kushner kept on perjuring themselves about meetings with Russians that "definetly didn't amount to anything." Thats an extraordinary claim, I'm sure you have some extraordinary evidence to back it up. When Bill Clinton kept claiming he didn't do Lewinsky against mounting evidence, when Reagan kept pretending to be ignorant of Iran Contra, and when Nixon kept backing himself into a corner, people were right to doubt them. I don't see why this is any different, given Trump's antagonistic reaction to the probes (firing Comey, questioning Mueller's legitimacy, lobbying Congressional leaders to cover his ass, lying about his relations to Russia).

I do think the DNC leaks were ethical though. Transparency is vital to a healthy democracy, and every voter should be entitled to know the dirty tricks their parties pull.
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>>178013
politicians do not deserve privacy.
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>>178059
Every Intel chief lied? The only ones who came out were Comey and Brennen and Clapper, all jack asses.

The NSA director said it was a sham and this whole "all 16 Intel agencies" is a meme with no base. If anything was conclusive at this point, something would have happened.




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