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FBI reportedly probing Sputnik's Russia propaganda ties

FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

The FBI is reportedly investigating whether the Russian government-funded news agency, Sputnik, has been operating as an undisclosed propaganda arm for the Kremlin, which would be in violation of the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), per Yahoo News.

Why it matters: "This is incredibly significant," said Asha Rangappa, a former FBI counterintelligence agent. "[T]his tells me they have good information and intelligence that these organizations have been acting on behalf of the Kremlin and that there's a direct line between them and the [Russian influence operations] that are a significant threat to our democracy."