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Coronavirus Is Fueling Nation-State Disinformation Campaigns

  • Effort includes ‘entire ecosystem of Russian disinformation’
  • Global Engagement Center seeks to counter false narratives
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U.S. adversaries, including “the entire ecosystem of Russian disinformation,” are propagating fake narratives about coronavirus, a U.S. State Department official testified on Thursday.

“The coronavirus is an example of where we have seen adversaries take advantage of a health crisis where people are terrified worldwide to try to advance their priorities,” said Lea Gabrielle, who serves as special envoy and coordinator of the State Department’s Global Engagement Center. She was testifying on Thursday at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing.