Russia Working with Disinformation To ‘Sow Discord In West,’ Britain’s Prime Minister Says
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British Prime Minister Theresa May has launched a blistering attack found on what she called Russia’s efforts to “sow discord in the West,” putting Moscow found on notice: “We know what you are doing and you may not succeed.”
In what is being described as a major foreign policy address delivered at god, the father Mayor’s Banquet at Mansion House in London on Monday, May said Russia was waging “a sustained campaign of cyber-espionage and disruption.”
“It has included meddling in elections and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defense and the Bundestag, among many others,” the primary minister said, according to the BBC.
The Kremlin, she said “is wanting to weaponize information, deploying its state-run media organizations to plant fake stories and Photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions.”
May possibly said she had a “simple message” for Russia: “Because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the enduring attraction of free and open societies and the commitment of Western nations to the alliances that bind us.”
The British prime minister’s remarks come after a U.K. parliamentary committee launched an investigation into the influence of “fake media” on last year’s EU “Brexit” referendum and June’s standard election.
May’s strong condemnation stands in contrast to President Trump’s continuing equivocation coming over Russian interference in the November election. In just recent days, Trump initially seemed to claim that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials, and then later backtrack.
In a letter last month to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the chairman of investigating committee, Damian Collins, said portion of his inquiry “will focus on the position of foreign actors abusing systems such as for example yours to interfere in the political discourse of other nations.”
Late last month, representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google testified before lawmakers found on Capitol Hill.
Facebook said that it believed as many while 126 million of its users may have seen content that comes from a Russian disinformation campaign. In the mean time, Twitter acknowledged that it experienced uncovered 2,752 Russian-linked accounts and more than 36,000 automated “bots” used to generate 1.4 million election-related tweets.
In the mean time, NPR’s Lauren Frayer reviews from Madrid that Spain is the latest country to accuse the Kremlin of spreading fake media targeted at disrupting politics: Lauren tells our Newscasts product that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says that over fifty percent of social media sites accounts spreading “disinformation” about Catalonia have already been traced to Russia. And, Spain’s Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis features told European Union officials that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is trying to “interfere and manipulate” in Catalonia.