Newly declassified intelligence is reported to indicate that Russian operatives are using various English-language sites to spread misinformation about the new coronavirus.
Senior officials in Russia’s military intelligence unit, known as the GRU, are responsible for the disinformation campaign, according to reports in The New York Times and The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The campaign is reported to include the distribution of news articles with unsubstantiated claims about the origin of the virus and how Moscow and the United States responded to it, including.
Reports of disinformation have recently been declassified so that officials can speak freely about it, the AP reported, citing comments from two anonymous government officials. Officials did not release any basic information about the alleged Russian activities.
News articles have been published on sites such as InfoRos.ru, which is controlled by the Russian government, and OneWorld.Press, which, according to U.S. officials, have ties to the GRU, the Times reports.
As reported, some sites from late May to June. 150 articles have been published that spread false statements about the coronavirus pandemic. One article was titled “Russia’s assistance to combat COVID-19 is giving America an advance on Détente,” to which a U.S. official said the AP had drawn the intelligence community’s attention. The headline seems to falsely show that Russia provided significant U.S. support. outbreak.
Other articles argue that the coronavirus was a vision of U.S. efforts to impose its “world order,” and COVID-19 was an “experiment in manipulating the world.”
Reports of a new alleged Russian disinformation campaign were made less than 100 days before the November presidential election, although U.S. government officials told the AP that it was unclear whether the effort was linked to the 2020 presidential election. Elections.
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U.S. intelligence officials have recently warned that foreign nations are trying to interfere in this year’s election.
William Evanina, director of the National Center for Counterintelligence and Security, said last week that Russia, Iran and China were actively trying to influence the fall elections, noting that “the coronavirus pandemic and recent protests … continue to feed foreign countries. influence and disinformation efforts in America ”.
According to news released on Tuesday, the new alleged Russian disinformation campaign is primarily about websites that act as legitimate sites for knowledge transfer.