A Spanish freelance journalist for Voice of America was arrested in Poland on the suspicion that he was a Russian spy, according to Fox News.
The arrest of Pablo González happened last month, and the U.S.-funded global media service was sent scrambling to “review“ his contributions to the publication.
Press groups have been pushing for his release of Gonzalez, with Spanish online newspaper Público as a “journalist specializing in the post-Soviet world and a doctoral candidate at the University of the Basque Country.”
The journalist was arrested on Feb. 28 by Poland’s Internal Security Agency on charges of spying for GRU, Russia’s foreign military intelligence service.
If found guilty of the charges, he could be facing up to 10 years in prison, and the agency said he would be held for three months.
VOA spokesperson Bridget Ann Serchak said that the journalist has made multiple contributions to the group, including camera work:
“González ultimately appears to have submitted six stories to VOA from October 2020 to July 2021,” Director of Public Relations Bridget Ann Serchak told Fox News Digital.
“He also provided some camera operator work last month in Ukraine. Given his indirect relationship with VOA, we understand that he never had VOA media accreditation; a press pass from or facilitated by VOA; or even a formal assignment letter.”
She was quick to add, however, that Gonzolez had “no direct relationship” with VOA, was never an official employee, but that he was contracted through a third-party company.
“While VOA is currently unaware of any information that would confirm the allegations against this freelancer, out of an abundance of caution, VOA has removed all of González’ content from its websites and social media accounts and is thoroughly reviewing the stories. VOA will provide any additional details that is able to provide at a future date,” Serchak said.