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Maria Butina: Russian Spy Or Perfect Scapegoat?

Journalist James Bamford joins the Federalist Radio Hour to explain how a young woman who came to the U.S. for grad school, became the perfect person to blame for Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

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Newspapers ran to push “Russian Spy” headlines after the U.S. government arrested Maria Butina in 2018. But who is she really, and does the U.S. really have evidence she is an unregistered agent of the Russian Federation? Journalist James Bamford joins this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his reporting on Butina and other coverage of the American intelligence community.

“You have the Russians that are trying to shut her up, and think she may be an American spy,” he said. “And now, you have the U.S. thinking she’s got to be a Russian spy, because she’s over here shaking hands with politicians.”

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