Well first of all, you are knowingly misrepresenting the content of that article. It explicitly describes multiple reasons someone could get busted for lying to the FBI which have nothing to do with being a secret Kremlin agent. Secondly, another reason I would offer is that being the target of a rabid fact-free McCarthyist feeding frenzy which crucifies anyone it touches can be scary, and people might lie about innocuous interactions with Russians out of that fear.

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