I respect press right to go anywhere & ask any question. But do they have a right to read my email and listen to my phone?— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) March 29, 2012
From Moscow Times:
McFaul took to Twitter on Friday morning apparently with this purpose in mind. He held an exchange in English with a user by the name @prostitutkamila in which he answered questions about his impromptu interview with NTV, which the channel aired Thursday. The U.S. ambassador said he had been nervous during the interview and misspoke “in bad Russian” when he had apparently called Russia “wild.”
“Just watched NTV,” McFaul wrote. “Did not mean to say ‘wild country.’ Meant to say NTV actions ‘wild.’ I greatly respect Russia.”
In response to a question from @prostitutkamila about why he was nervous when speaking with NTV journalists, McFaul said there were also people in military dress present.
“@prostitutkamila Were not just journalists there. Were men in military uniform. People w/ posters. All strange for me. Learning,” McFaul wrote.