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Russia, Brexit, Whale Songs: Your Thursday Briefing

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We’re examining Russia’s reaction to news about a C.I.A. spy deep inside the Kremlin and a legal showdown surrounding Brexit. We also have a story on whale karaoke. Yes, you read that right.

The Kremlin’s propaganda machine kicked into high gear to counter reports that a Russian informant helped the C.I.A. uncover President Vladimir Putin’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Russian officials and state-controlled media outlets named the informant as Oleg B. Smolenkov, and…

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