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US Congress demands investigation of Sputnik’s possible influence on elections

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US Congress demands investigation of Sputnik’s possible influence on elections


19.09.2017

Flickr/Roman BoedUS discuss Russian influence on “free and honest elections” again. Earlier the US authorities accused mythic Russian hackers of all deadly sins, now they suspect in this Russian media, Sputnik radio station in particular, RIA Novosti reports.

Three US Congress representatives requested to investigate the case of Sputnik’s interference with the process of Presidential elections, which took place at the end of last year. Congressmen see no troubles in the fact that Sputnik started broadcasting in Washington several months after the elections were over.

The reason of their request was materials of RT, Sputnik and New War Theory in Russia published by New York Times. Authors of the message state that the radio station can use the frequency to spread false information , however they did not provide any evidence in favor of this statement.

It should be reminded that it became known that several days before FBI called for questioning Andrew Fienberg who used to work in Sputnik. It was a part of investigation of the information agency as means of Russian propaganda infringing US law about foreign agents. Mass media sources also state that FBI got access to e-mails of Sputnik to Fienberg and the other former employee of the agency Joseph John Fionda.

Moscow believes that this proves existence of problems with censorship and limitation of mass media freedom.

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