It should come as no surprise to anyone that Russia has it out for the United States.
When we look at Russian leader Vladimir Putin, we see a savvy dictator-by-any-other-name. He’s a cold and calculated despot, who remains unburdened by such monikers via sheer power and intimidation.
This is a man who will stop at nothing to become the most powerful leader in the entire world, and America is pretty much the only thing that stands in his way.
And that’s why he and his comrades are doing everything that they can to undermine the United States – including releasing confusing and dangerous misinformation regarding COVID-19.
U.S. officials say Russian intelligence officers are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic through English-language websites, trying to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain before the presidential election in November.
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 meant to reach American and Western audiences, according to U.S. government officials. They were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday.
Unsurprisingly, the Kremlin was not ready to admit to their actions.
Russian officials on Wednesday rejected the accusations as “conspiracy theories” and a “persistent phobia.” One of the sites singled out by the U.S. posted a response denouncing as “categorically false” the American assertions that it was linked to the Russian military intelligence service or was involved in propaganda.
It is imperative that Americans remain diligent when it comes to the information that they share online, for not everything is quite as it seems – at least so long as Vlad Putin is alive.