Karine Jean-Pierre – The White House replied to Russian accusations of espionage against Wall Street Journal writer Evan Gershkovich on Thursday. The charges were labeled as “nonsense” by the White House. Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary, told the reporters on Thursday that she could only say that the accusations made against him were absurd. She continued, “We have been quite explicit about that. They are absurd and wildly inaccurate, to put it mildly.
Jean-Pierre was asked if Gershkovich had ever worked for the American government, but he steadfastly declined to respond. The United States gave Gershkovich instructions to “collect information regarding the activities of one of the businesses of the Russian military-industrial complex that constitutes a state secret,” according to the allegations filed by Russia.
The Times has also denied the allegations that Gershkovich was involved in espionage. According to Jean-Pierre, the State Department would follow a procedure to determine whether or not Gershkovich had been imprisoned unlawfully. The most important thing at this stage is to get a counselor to Evan, and that’s what we’re working on, the spokesperson said.
“We have to make sure that we acquire the pertinent information. Gershkovich was detained by the Russian Federal Security Agency, which is the main successor organization to the KGB that functioned during the Soviet era, in Yekaterinburg, where he is believed to have been attempting to acquire access to confidential information.
Earlier on Thursday, John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council of the White House, said that the administration of Vice President Joe Biden was making an effort to speak with Gershkovich and get more information on the detention. “We are taking every step we can to gather as much information as we can. And I’m certain… Our attention is now focused on getting access to Evan,” stated Kirby.