Russian Embassy Taunts US Over 'Strange' Helicopter

Suggests it was part of 'desperate attempt to find traces of #RussianMeddling'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2018 6:33 AM CDT
Russian Embassy Taunts US Over 'Strange' Helicopter
This 2013 file photo shows a portion of the Russian Embassy complex in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After celebrating House Republicans' verdict of no collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, officials at the Russian Embassy in Washington set about comparing investigations of "Russian meddling" to a search for UFOs. The embassy's Twitter account shared two overlapping photos Monday: one showing a helicopter in the sky with its search light on, the other showing the roof of the embassy building awash in light. "What was American helicopter searching for at the Russian Embassy's premises yesterday night?" the tweet read, per Sputnik. "'Strange' malfunction of navigation equipment in the center of the US capital? Or another desperate attempt to find traces of #RussianMeddling?" As if to point out the unbelievability of meddling in the 2016 election, the tweet finished with a UFO emoji.

While it might've been simple trolling—a Secret Service rep said he was unaware of any incident with a helicopter—the Washington Post reports DC police did dispatch a helicopter after 10pm Sunday while investigating a possible armed robbery. According to an officer, the helicopter scanned an area half a mile north of the embassy's entrance for about 20 minutes. Regardless of its complaint, the Russian Embassy doesn't actually seem that concerned with what a helicopter might've been doing nearby. An earlier tweet Monday said all investigations of Russian interference in the election would end just like the House probe, and quoted Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, a Republican, as saying, "only Tom Clancy could take this series of inadvertent contacts, meetings, whatever, and weave that into some sort of a spy thriller that could go out there." (Read more Russia stories.)

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