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Fake Rubio Letter Part of Pro-China Campaign, Report Says

  • Chinese PR firm tied to inauthentic websites and social media
  • Campaign failed to generate interest despite new approach
Marco Rubio.

Marco Rubio.

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Multiple news websites and social media accounts that claim to be independent have links to a Chinese public relations firm, according to the security firm Mandiant Inc. Some of them have allegedly published fabricated content, including a fake letter from a US senator.

Mandiant said it detected 72 news sites and several social media accounts that are part of an propaganda effort intended to “disseminate content strategically aligned with the political interests of the People’s Republic of China.” The campaign focused on political enemies of the Chinese government, the Xinjiang region and criticism of the U.S., the report said.