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White House Dismisses Accusations of Spying on Wall Street Journal Reporter

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Washington, March 30 – White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre said the United States has no reason to trust the espionage charges against American journalist Ivan Gershkovitch in Russia.
“There is no reason to believe that the allegations of espionage are true,” she told a news briefing. “The allegations of espionage are absolutely ridiculous.”
Jean-Pierre explained that the United States has not yet classified Gershkovich as “unjustly detained,” because such decisions are made by the State Department after a special procedure.

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“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” she said.
Jean-Pierre reiterated that Hershkowitz’s arrest was reported to US President Joe Biden during the daily morning press conference.
Earlier Thursday, the FSB announced that Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal Moscow bureau reporter, had been arrested in Yekaterinburg on suspicion of espionage for the US government. According to the intelligence service, the American collected information that constitutes a state secret “about the activities of a company affiliated with the Russian military-industrial complex.” He was detained by the Lefortovo Court in Moscow for two months.
The Wall Street Journal denied the allegations against Gershkowitz and called for his immediate release.

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