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1. FBI questioned former WH correspondent for Sputnik as it investigates whether they violated FARA and acted as undeclared Kremlin arm.
2. FBI obtained a thumb drive with thousands of internal Sputnik emails and docs. Be afraid Dondon, be very afraid.
3. Why should Dondon be afraid, you ask? Bc they'ìre investigating Russian govt hacking of the election and Sputnik *was* part of it.
4. Disgruntled former employees FTW! Feinberg, former Sputnik WH correspondent, had downloaded the material on his laptop before leaving.
5. Feinberg was questioned for more than 2 hours on Sept 1 by FBI agent + Justice Dept NATSEC lawyer at Bureau's Washington field office.
6. The best part: "It is not clear whether agent & prosecutor who questioned Feinberg were acting as part of Mueller's broader Russia probe.
7. Mueller spox was all "well bitch, I ain't gonna tell you THAT" re: it being part of Mueller's probe. FBI and Justice Dept didn't comment.
8. This type of non comment is obviously very significant in such a context. If it had nothing to do with anything, they could say "no".
9. Former FBI counterintelligence agent says FBI doesn't want to be in any way perceived as infringing 1st amendment. So this? BIG deal.
10. Sputnik US editor in chief denies everything & knows nothing about FBI probe. Usual: you know it's true when...
12. Sputnik and RT are OBVIOUS Kremlin propaganda tools and guess what? They attacked US press & said Trump got "unfair coverage".

🙄🙄
13. Their problem is FBI (*cough* Mueller *cough*) is looking into WHO determined what was covered, who gave orders and WHO financed them.
14. Which means FBI/Mueller don't even care necessarily WHAT they said, but why and how they managed to keep the operation going.
15. In essence, even if they said "Sky is not blue, it's green" it won't be an innocuous statement if Kremlin gave orders and financed.
16. @Isikoff has THE RECEIPTS. He was told about FBI inquiry from IC source first. Feinberg confirmed interview & had agent's business card
17. Feinberg said editors/bosses at Sputnik regularly would say "Moscow wants this or Moscow wants that". Oh. OH.

😂😂
18. BIG point: that thumb drive contains messages that incriminate Sputnik for funding & confirm Kremlin is company's main funding source.
19. Feinberg left Sputnik on May 26, explaining he was fired for refusing to ask specific questions or push specific angles at WH briefings.
20. Said questions involved CLASSIC propaganda points: the Seth Rich conspiracy AND Syria NOT being behind chemical attacks in the country.
21. As any reporter with integrity would have done, Feinberg refused to ask said questions & was fired.
22. Note the Sputnik spokeswoman "not true, his contract was not renewed due to performance-related issues." Err.. that's exactly the point.
23. FBI interviewed Feinberg shortly after ANOTHER former Sputnik staffer, Joseph John Fionda, alerted them about possible FARA violations.
24. Fionda confirmed to Isikoff that he ALSO provided the FBI with "a big packet" of information.
25. Best for last.Fionda says Sputnik's US editor in chief asked him to obtain former CIA Director Brennan emails from hackers tweeting them
26. When Fionda refused the order, bc it was solicitation to espionage, editor told him to get the eff out of his office and fired him.
27. In classic Russian fashion editor lies & says "Oh no he was fired after falsely claiming his father was ill to take time off from work".
28. End: Sputnik bought a DC radio station and turned it in all-talk format to criticize US policies. And hired? FORMER BREITBART Reporter.
29. Amendment: Fionda sent "big packet" of information to Justice Dept. National Security division, NOT to FBI. My bad, read too quickly!
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