Deported Peruvian journalist denies spying on U.S. for Russia

Peruvian journalist Vicky Peláez, who was convicted of spying on the U.S. for Russian in June 2010, denied the charges and said she only pled guilty to win her freedom, Correo reports.

Peláez made the remarks after her father’s funeral, during her first trip back to Peru since the scandal, The Associated Press explains.

The Peruvian, who spent more than 20 years working for La Prensa in New York, claimed that only her husband, Russian national Mikhail Vasenkov, was involved in espionage, La Republica adds.

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» Knight Center - July 2010 (U.S. daily orders internal review after journalist convicted of spying)

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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