US Officials Tell AP: Russia Spreading Virus Disinformation

Two Russians who have held senior roles in Moscow’s military intelligence service reportedly have been identified as responsible for the spread.

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WASHINGTON — Russian intelligence operatives are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Two Russians who have held senior roles in Moscow’s military intelligence service known as the GRU have been identified as responsible for a disinformation effort directed at American and Western audiences, U.S. government officials…

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