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FBI 'Looking Carefully' at Foreign Involvement in Floyd Protests

black lives matter militants destroy a police van and paint dead cops on its hood
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By    |   Wednesday, 24 June 2020 10:13 PM

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday his agency is "looking carefully" at the possibility foreign agents have involved themselves or influenced the protests and riots in the United States over the death of a black man in police custody.

Wray's comments to Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier come as the four-to-six-block zone occupied by demonstrators in Seattle appeared to be breaking up.

"We have certainly seen in the past a variety of foreign adversaries looking to amplify controversy in this country," Wray said. "And they use state media. They use social media. Some of that is through propaganda, some of that's through disinformation, some of that's through just fake information. And we are looking carefully at the prospect of foreign influence or foreign interference in all of the protests and activities that have occurred over the last few weeks."

Wray's statement came a month after former national security adviser in the Obama administration Susan Rice claimed Russia could be behind the riots and violent protests, although she offered nothing to support the accusation. Her remarks compared to other Democrats who blamed white supremacists for the violence.

President Donald Trump and other Republicans have suggested the leftist organization of Antifa as culprits.

Riots and protests erupted in many cities in the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. Critics have claimed a widely circulated video of Floyd's arrest, in which a white police officer was seen restraining Floyd with his knee on Floyd's neck, was evidence of systemic racism in America.

Wray also disclosed in his Fox News Channel interview, "the FBI has over 2,000 active investigations that trace back to the government in China."

The number was "about a 1,300% increase in terms of economic espionage investigations with the Chinese nexus from about a decade ago," he said.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday his agency is "looking carefully" at the possibility foreign agents have involved themselves or influenced the protests and riots in the United States over the death of a black man in police custody.
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