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Father of American Citizen Journalist Jailed in Ukraine Speaks Out

The father of American citizen journalist Gonzalo Lira has accused the Biden administration of “complicity” in his son’s imprisonment in Ukraine and refuted claims made by the State Department to Breitbart News that they were “assisting” Mr Lira.

In an interview with American journalist Tucker Carlson on X, Gonzalo Lira Sr laid the blame on President Biden and the U.S. State Department for his son languishing in a Ukrainian prison after criticising the Zelensky government in Kyiv, the West’s response to the Russian invasion, and President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

His son, Gonzalo Lira, 56, a dual citizen of Chile and the United States, was living in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv at the time of the invasion last year. The former ‘red pill’ YouTube dating coach began to post videos online giving his on-the-ground perspective of the war, which he attributed to Western antagonism towards Moscow and attempts to expand NATO into Ukraine.

Apparently, as a result of his public opinions as a citizen journalist, Lira has been arrested multiple times, and his father claims that he has in total spent seven months behind bars without trial. After being released earlier this year, Lira attempted in July to cross the border of Ukraine and seek asylum in Hungary.

However, he was detained and imprisoned yet again. He is reportedly facing multiple years in prison under Ukraine’s wartime propaganda laws, being accused of having “criminal intent aimed at the manufacture, distribution materials containing justification, recognition as legitimate, denial of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which began in 2014, as well as justification, recognition as legitimate of the temporary occupation of part of Ukraine territory.”

He is also reportedly accused of publishing videos with the faces of Ukrainian soldiers, despite many such videos being freely available online and published by news outlets. There has been no claim that Lira was an agent of the Russian government or that he engaged in any criminal activities other than his public comments or the videos he filmed.

“The charges against me are just because of my opinion about this conflict, I did no harm to anyone,” Lira claimed before his latest imprisonment.

In September, the U.S. State Department confirmed to Breitbart News that it was aware of Lira being imprisoned in Ukraine, saying: “We are aware of the detention of Mr. Lira in Ukraine. We take our role in assisting U.S. citizens abroad seriously and are providing all appropriate assistance.

“We are monitoring the situation but have no further comment at this time. We reiterate our message that U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine due to the active armed conflict.”

However, his father told Tucker Carlson on Saturday that the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has “not done a thing” to help Lira, claiming that they have refused to answer his inquiries about his son and have not offered a defence lawyer, leaving Lira with only a “court attorney” provided by the Ukrainian government who does not even speak English.

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“The embassy has just burned out Gonzalo. An American citizen by birth is in jail because he was exercising his right of freedom of speech,” Lira’s father said.

“The U.S.A. government, with its silence in the face of this scandalous incident, suggests a degree of complicity, or at least tacit approval of Gonzalo’s arrest since nothing else explains the conspicuous lack of response,” he continued.

Perhaps the most incendiary claim made by Lira’s father was that he believes one of the times his son was arrested in Ukraine was a result of a video in which he criticised President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Lira branded as “stupid”.

“Isn’t it odd that four days later after condemning Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Gonzalo was arrested? Why wasn’t he detained earlier?”

“Did the State Department give Zelensky the green light to put my son in jail?” he questioned.

“My son is a victim of this Biden government and his relation with that puppet Zelensky,” adding: “He is a brave man, telling the truth all along, from day one he predicted what would happen, that Ukraine would never win a war with Russia and that the U.S.A. and the NATO countries would bleed with armaments, support them to kingdom come, but what is the cost now?”

Before his latest jailing, Lira made similar accusations against the Biden administration, claiming that the White House does not care about his case because “I’m not a black lesbian druggie, or a transgender grifter. Besides, (Under Secretary of State) Victoria Nuland hates my guts, or so I’m told.”

He has also said that the Chilean embassy has done more to look out for his wellbeing than the American embassy, while claiming to have suffered physical abuse inside Ukrainian prisons, alleging that prison guards “outsource” violence to other inmates who act on their behalf.

Following the publication of the interview with Lira’s father, X boss Elon Musk questioned how it was possible that “an American citizen is in prison in Ukraine after we sent over a $100 billion”.

“Is there more to this story than simply criticizing Zelensky? If that’s all it is, then we have [a] serious problem here,” Musk added.

Musk’s comments echoed those made by Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) in response to Breitbart News’ report on Lira in September: “Ukraine is holding an American journalist hostage. This is a disgrace. And why is the Biden admin opening up the checkbook without any accountability?”

The Biden administration is currently trying to convince Congress to approve an additional $60 billion in funding for Ukraine. So far, President Biden has not publicly acknowledged Lira’s imprisonment.

READ 5 COMMENTS
  • Greg Walsh says:

    I don’t know what the truth is in this case. But if Zelenskyy’s government is involved, I’m deeply disappointed…!

  • Hrb says:

    I watched Tucker’s report. This is just the Nazi democrats biden regime doing what.they do best. Eliminate people who do not fall.into place. Mr. Lira’s son was about 5 miles or less from the border and was seeking asylum from Hungary. But Zelensky’s thugs got there before he made it to Hungary. The corruption in Ukraine is just as bad as it is under the biden regime. The US embassy in Ukraine hasn’t done one damn this for this American citizen. And I know first hand just how political embassy’s can be.
    They aren’t winning this so called war against Russia, and Biden is just keeping the money laundering business going. I hope that Mr. Liras son is still alive, but.considering FJB and his regime it doesn’t look good.

  • Sadie says:

    I wonder when people who are citizens of the US will learn the hard truth that you have no “rights” in a foreign country and freedom of speech is NOT a right in other countries! You live in another country, you abide by their laws!!!

  • Guy says:

    When VP Biden wanted a prosecutor fired because he was investigating Hunter Biden …
    Joe claimed he would withhold 1 billion dollars if he wasn’t fired.
    When a US journalist is being held by Ukraine…Biden gives them 100 billion dollars from our taxpayers. What’s wrong with this picture?

  • This should be one of the main topics for Zelensky when he comes asking for money when we have people that cannot afford to feed their families If I have to choose between our citizens being cold hungry and homeless We can’t take care of our fucking border but we are expected to be a third world nation This shit must stop The citizens of this country must come first This situation is getting critical for millions of hungry and cold citizens all while Biden gives billions to protect a border that does not have a fucking thing to do with us because Biden and criminal morons are destroying our country and it is time to roust these law braking constitutional rights violating scum How can these fucking low life cocksuckers We must rid ourselves of these parasites that claim they are working for you In case no one has checked the cost of groceries There are people losing their jobs because the business is slow Then you top this with it is near Christmas It that you can’t buy your children a Christmas gift but what do you tell them there is nothing to eat Thanks Biden I think you could make a movie and see the lines between Biden and his henchmen sure look like Gestapo and the SS The difference is we didn’t give up our guns to protect ourselves from them or it would be just like it was in WW2 You would be in great fear if you heard a knock at your door Sounds familiar We have good GOP folks that care about our rights

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