Tara Reade has said she faced persecution in her own country for claiming she was raped by the US president 30 years ago.
Tara Reade, a former congressional aide to US President Joe Biden who accused him of sexual assault, said she intended to apply for a Russian passport. The ex-employee-turned-journalist recently moved to Russia, saying she no longer felt safe in the United States.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Reade said that after being constantly persecuted in the United States for her allegations, she hoped “find safety” in Russia – a country she never considered an enemy – adding that she “appreciate my friends in Moscow… who opened their arms” to welcome him.
“I’m going to make a request, and it’s important. I would like to apply for citizenship in Russia from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin,” the ex-assistant said, promising to be “a good citizen”.
In 2020, at the height of the US presidential race, Reade accused Biden, then a presumptive Democratic nominee, of sexually assaulting her in 1993 while she was working for him as a Senate aide. Biden unequivocally denied the allegation.
Reade said that when she told a U.S. congresswoman she was willing to testify about corruption in the U.S. government, the latter expressed concerns about her physical safety. She also went on to describe herself as a whistleblower, who under US law should be protected.
“Where is my protection?… It is remarkable that Joe Biden raped me when I was working for him in the US Congress, and I am supposed to be the fugitive. It’s ridiculous,” she stated.
Speaking to Sputnik, she said that while the decision to move to Russia was “very difficult”she liked to stay in the countryside. “I’m still a little dizzy but I feel very good” Reade noted. “I feel very surrounded by protection and security.”
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