White House reacts to arrest of WSJ journalist in Russia | USA TODAY

The White House is condemning Russia after the arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter, Evan Gershkovich, on espionage charges.

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The Biden administration strongly condemned Russia's detention of a Wall Street Journal reporter on espionage charges Thursday and said it was working to provide American Evan Gershkovich with consular access.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) detained Gershkovich, 31, in the eastern city of Yekaterinburg earlier Thursday.

"The targeting of American citizens by the Russian government is unacceptable," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. "We also condemn the Russian government’s continued targeting and repression of journalists and freedom of the press."

The Journal denied the spy allegations, issuing a statement requesting the immediate release of "our trusted and dedicated" Moscow-based reporter.

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    1. @Alejandro Diaz oh but once in Cancun we saw a man getting arrested for beating his gf or wife at the beach. I don’t honestly think that guy was a spy.

    2. Nevermind text is hard to read intent. I get it. Just seems your follow up sentence didn’t match your initial statement in response that was my ignorance

  2. I’m pretty sure this had something to do with the early release of the qanon shaman.. preemptive damage control😅

  3. Well, if JP says it’s ridiculous, given her penchant for truth, it must be true. 🤣😂🤣😂

    1. And you’re a fantastic judge of character as a matter of fact I bet you think putin is a war hero and not some lunatic going after a country that doesn’t belong to Russia at all despite the fact he says otherwise

    2. @Sammy k No Sammy, Putin is a bad guy. Why don’t you go to Russia and hang out as an American and write about what’s going on in Russia and see how it works out for you?
      Or I know. What don’t you go over the border to Mexico and interview drug cartel members and write about their life?

    3. How dare you! She’s black, she’s female, she has poodle hair and a French double-name! She’s not capable of lying!

  4. Who they going to be asking for now???? If we changed a weapon smuggler for a vape of weed imagine spionage? Every single Russian

  5. Oh NO!! Not in THE STRONGEST TERMS!! I bet that’ll get Putin to knock it off and leave Ukraine. It’s all fun and games until the strongest possible terms 😮

    1. Nothing will happen to him, maybe he shouldn’t have done spying while overseas

  6. The Marine has been in a Russian prison for years but we got WNBA star Britney Griner back by trading the Lord of War for her.

  7. Well they better serve up someone as serious as they did for the WNMBA player. Otherwise is this just a joke?

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