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‘He was caught red-handed’ Kremlin says about American journalist detained, accused of espionage

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Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was detained and accused of espionage by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

The FSB said in a statement that Gershkovich was, “acting on the instructions of the American side, collected information constituting a state secret about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex.”

National Review reports that it is believed Gershkovich is the first American reporter to be held on the accusation of espionage since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In a daily call with reporters, as quoted in the New York Times, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov said “we’re not talking about suspicions. He was caught red-handed.”

“What an employee of the American publication the Wall Street Journalwas doing in Yekaterinburg has nothing to do with journalism,” explained Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

The Journal demanded his immediate release in a statement.

“The Wall Street Journal vehemently denies the allegations from the FSB and seeks the immediate release of our trusted and dedicated reporter, Evan Gershkovich. We stand in solidarity with Evan and his family.”

Gershkovich, 31, is a member of the journal’s Moscow bureau, is accredited too report ini Russia by the State Ministry but was detained in the eastern city of Yekaterinburg. He is a graduate of Bowdoin college in the U,S,, was previously a reporter for Agence France-Presse and the Moscow Times and a news assistant at the New York Times.

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Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.

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A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.

The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.

However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.

CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.

The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”

 

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