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Massive Attack On Swedish News Sites Was The Work Of Russia, US Told Its Ambassadors : worldnews

Massive Attack On Swedish News Sites Was The Work Of Russia, US Told Its Ambassadors : worldnews

They’re doing it all over the world. Canada sent soldiers to Latvia to lead a NATO group as part of an effort to curb Russian aggression in the Baltic states. Russia has been pushing disinformation campaigns online to try and smear Canadian soldiers in Latvia, to try and divide NATO allies.[1]

The EU is fighting back against Russian disinformation campaigns. The European Union Security Commissioner put it best, “There seems frankly little doubt that the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign is an orchestrated strategy, delivering the same disinformation stories in as many languages as possible, through as many channels as possible, as often as possible.” Russia’s disinfo campaign has targeted elections in Spain, Germany, France, and Britain’s brexit referendum.^[2]

The European Union is fighting back against Russia’s disinformation campaign, Russia is actively destabilizing democracy in the West.[3] The European Union’s East StratCom Task Force was set up in response to Russia’s disinformation campaign, they’ve done some great work.[4]

The Task Force’s flagship products are its weekly Disinformation Review of pro-Kremlin disinformation stories, its social media accounts and its new website.

In the course of two years, the Task Force has, in addition to substantially improving the EU’s outreach and positive eastward communications, developed a strong EU understanding of the tools, networks and objectives of disinformation, and raised awareness among millions, establishing itself as a leading international source of expertise on the issue. A network has been developed across the continent to identify and report disinformation, creating new channels to reach new audiences and track the most prevalent disinformation myths.

The EU vs Disinformation campaign has now identified over 3,500 disinformation cases in 18 languages. The team’s research is regularly used and quoted by politicians, governments, state agencies, researchers, think tanks and journalists across Europe and beyond.

It has become evident that the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign is an orchestrated strategy to broadcast the same false stories in as many languages as possible, through as many channels as possible and as often as possible. Russian authorities are explicit about this too, for example through the Gerasimov doctrine – the amalgamation of war and political activity – as well as in statements by top Russian generals that “false data” and “destabilising propaganda” are legitimate tools.

The aim of this disinformation campaign is to confuse, denigrate, weaken and destabilise the West by exploiting existing divisions or creating new artificial ones. Outright lies are often deployed, but another common strategy is to spread as many conflicting messages as possible, persuading the audience that there are so many versions of events that it is impossible to find the truth. Particularly obvious examples include the clear obfuscation over the downing of flight MH17, Boris Nemtsov’s assassination and the bombing of a humanitarian convoy in Syria.

My fellow Canadians, please be aware that Russian disinformation campaigns will target our 2019 Federal election by promoting divisive and extreme opinions on hot button topics while pushing disinformation.^[5]

Russia is already sowing discord online specifically targeting Canadians by promoting extreme opinions on issues ranging from Syria, Keystone XL pipeline, refugees and asylum seekers, the Quebec mosque shooting tragedy, etc.[6] A leading NATO expert has warned us that we must be prepared for Russian election interference during the Federal elections.[7] In April Prime Minister Trudeau discussed cyber attacks, in particular Russian interference, with our 5 Eye allies.[8] Last year the Communications Security Establishments (CSE – Canadian intelligence agency) found that cyber threats to democratic processes were on the rise globally and that Canada is at risk.[9] Prime Minister Trudeau has publicly called out Russia’s disinformation campaign.[10]

Do not believe everything you read online, ask for sources for claims and always check the veracity of the source. Try to maintain a level of decorum while discussing controversial issues, be kind and civil. Let’s not become divided due to disinformation and extreme opinions. We must continue to work together, stay informed, share our knowledge with our fellow citizens, and vote in every election we can. Our democratic institutions are under assault, we must unite with those who believe in the pillars of Western Democracy – equality, freedom, justice, and representation. Not everyone will share the same ideology, but so long as we share an idea of what democracy is we can work together to find solutions to the many problems we face in our respective countries.


  1. Global News – NATO head says Canadian troops in Latvia smeared by Russia-backed online propaganda

  2. Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty – EU Issues Call To Action To Combat Russian ‘Propaganda’

  3. TIME – The E.U. Agency Fighting Russia’s Wildfire of Fake News with a Hosepipe

  4. Friends of Europe – THE EU RESPONSE TO PRO-KREMLIN DISINFORMATION

  5. CBC – Yes, Canada is vulnerable to information cyber attacks

  6. CBC – “They target hot button issues”: New Data Shows How Russian Twitter Trolls Targeted Canadians

  7. Global News – NATO expert warns of Russian meddling in Canada’s 2019 election: ‘Democracy is in trouble’

  8. CBC – Trudeau talks Russian cyberattacks with Five Eyes counterparts

  9. The Globe & Mail – Canada faces Russia-linked threats to cybersecurity at home and abroad, NATO chief says

  10. iPolitics – Trudeau cites propaganda against Freeland as Russian interference in Canada