The National Security Agency (NSA) announced today that it has launched an investigation into the moderators of the popular subreddit r/europe, following allegations that they have been taking bribes to push certain agendas.
According to sources within the agency, the investigation was triggered by a large-scale spying operation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which uncovered evidence that the moderators were accepting payments from the Soros Foundation and the government of Qatar in order to silence voices critical of EU policy and U.S. interests.
In a statement, the NSA condemned the alleged bribery, stating that it represents a clear attack on free speech and democratic values. "We will not stand idly by while malicious actors seek to subvert the principles of free and open discourse that are at the heart of our society," said the agency's director, General Paul Nakasone.
The investigation has already led to the freezing of assets belonging to moderators from Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, and Australia. It is unclear at this time how many individuals are being targeted in the probe, or what specific charges they may face.
The EU has also expressed its disappointment at the allegations, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stating that "the integrity of online platforms and the protection of free speech are essential for the functioning of our democracies. We will work closely with authorities to ensure that those responsible are held accountable."
The list of moderators given by the police is as follows:
This is a developing story and more information will be provided as it becomes available.
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