Averko’s Note: For the record, Julian Barnes sent me this email: “Would you have time to talk to me today about the recent FBI visit and their discussion discussions about the Strategic Cultural Foundation?”
Michael Averko’s Reply: “Thanks for the interest Mr. Barnes and pardon my not getting back to you sooner. For now, I’m leaving things as stated. I’ll keep you posted on any further developments.
“I’ll end this note by once again expressing the view that this occurrence is the result of an overly paranoid situation which is quite misguided in a way that negatively influences the best interests of the US. It’s a matter that should get a high profile hearing.
“Hope the FBI is getting a hold of this. I’m not the one looking for off record discussion over an open exchange. The typical CNN and MSNBC segments aren’t the way to go in terms of better informing the public. Ditto the Al Jazeera 3 against 1 segments. Regarding what I think about RT:
A trusted friend sent me this:
“Don’t get involved with reporters from the NYT. They will distort anything you tell them and make you look bad. I’d stay clear of them if I were you.”
I’ve my views on who might’ve initiated a wasteful FBI investigation as they’re more pressing matters. Either someone in elected office and/or someone with government ties, with the last choice being someone in a media/academia/think tank kind of a situation.
Michael Averko – https://www.eurasiareview.com/author/michael-averko/
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Michael Averko is a New York based independent foreign policy analyst and media critic. He has appeared as a guest commentator on the BBC and WABC talk radio, in addition to having been a panelist at the World Russia Forum, Russia Forum New York and US-Russia.org Experts’ Panel. Besides Averko’s Eurasia Review column – Academia.edu, Counterpunch, Foreign Policy Journal, Global Research, History News Network, InoSMI.Ru, Johnson’s Russia List, Journal of Turkish Weekly, Kyiv Post, Oriental Review, Penza News, Pravda.Ru, Pravoslavie.Ru, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia Insider, Sputnik News, Strategic Culture Foundation, The Huffington Post, Valdai Discussion Club and WikiLeaks, are among the numerous venues where his commentary have either appeared or been referenced. The American Institute in Ukraine and the Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies, have referenced some of his commentary, along with academic white papers prepared for NATO Watch, Ohio State University, Problems of Post-Communism and the Royal College of Defence Studies. He is source referenced in Richard Sakwa’s book “Frontline Ukraine”. Averko’s Eurasia Review article on Pavlo Skoropadsky, provides the first full online transcript of Skoropadsky’s edict calling for an “All-Russian Federation”, inclusive of Russia and Ukraine. Among other issues, that article explains the relationships among the major combatants in the Russian Civil War. He can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.