NPR

Maria Butina Says She Was 'Building Peace.' That's Not How The Feds See It

The Russian agent gave an interview to NPR from the detention center where she has been in custody since last summer. She denies being a spy or taking part in election interference.

Maria Butina says this is all a big misunderstanding.

Was she part of the vast Russian government effort to influence politics within the United States?

"Absolutely not," she said.

The Russian woman who has pleaded guilty to conspiring to serve as a foreign agent inside the United States says she simply didn't know she was supposed to register.

As for being an intelligence operative, an agent provocateur or any of the other things of which she has been accused, Butina said those accusing her don't know her.

"It wouldn't be appropriate to say that this was all one grand giant plan and I'm a part of some grand giant plan," she said Thursday. "There is no proof of

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da NPR

NPR2 min lettiPolitics
New Law Gives Sweeping Powers To Hungary's Orban, Alarming Rights Advocates
Hungary's nationalist government has granted sweeping emergency powers that Prime Minister Viktor Orban says are necessary to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Critics say he's simply grabbing power.
NPR3 min lettiPolitics
The U.S. Was Already Deep In Debt. This Year's Deficit Will Be 'Mind-Boggling'
The economic rescue package just passed by Congress will push this year's budget deficit above $3 trillion. Such huge levels of deficit spending used to set off alarm bells in Washington, but no more.
NPR2 min letti
Neela Banerjee Named NPR's New Supervising Climate Editor
As NPR's new Supervising Climate Editor Neela Banerjee will work across the newsroom in a new, coordinating editor role where she will help to lead our broad climate coverage.