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Why WikiLeaks works

By Edward Lucas, CEPA Russia’s hacking and leaking is proving a far more potent threat to our democracy than nuclear weapons. Why launch warheads when you can blow up a political system from inside? That is the message of the latest WikiLeaks “exposé” of CIA hacking tools. The truth is simple. Intelligence agencies conduct intelligence operations. There is a clue in the name. Western intelligence agencies spy on our adversaries—Russia,

The Daily Vertical: Russia’s Passport To Empire (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, RFE/RL We haven’t heard much about Novorossia lately. And Vladimir Putin’s concept of the Russian World has dropped out of the headlines. But that may all be about to change. Because two State Duma deputies, Konstantin Zatulin and Natalya Poklonskaya, have just introduced legislation that would grant Russian citizenship to any Russian speaker who lived in the Soviet Union. Yeah, you heard that right. And that’s not

A Cult Of Violence: Comics, Propaganda, And The Information War, Part I Read More: A Cult Of Violence: Comics And Propaganda, Part I

By John R. Parker, Comic Alliance As Russia and America circle each other in this rapidly evolving Cold War 2.0, combat is waged in multiple theaters: cyber war, spy war, proxy war, cultural war, and an information war fueled by a persistent flow of disinformation and propaganda that hijacks narratives and distorts reality. In this series of articles, John Parker examines the common spaces in the strange Venn diagram where

By exaggerating criticism of state institutions, we are assisting Russian propaganda – Mezviets

By exaggerating criticism of state institutions, we are playing into the hands of Russian propaganda activities in Latvia, Security Police Chief Normunds Mezviets told Latvian Television this morning writes LETA. He said that one of Russia’s propaganda tactics against Latvia is to spread information that Latvia is a failed and weak state, and an unsuccessful socio-economic experiment. Mezviets said that if society doubts everything state and local government institutions are

Despots are embracing Donald Trump’s ‘war on the media’ with open arms

Isaac Stone Fish, The Guardian George W Bush’s ‘war on terror’ gave cover to despots around the world – from China, to Turkey and Russia – for violent crackdowns of minority groups seeking greater freedoms. Once these groups were re-cast as ‘terrorists’, it was hard for the West to criticize the states that used heavy-handed tactics against them. Now, Washington DC has invented another ‘war’ that has regimes across the

Six Immediate Steps to Stop Putin’s Aggression

By Yakub Janda, Atlantic Council Security experts who follow the West’s responses to Russia’s meddling in its internal affairs—through cyber hacks, massive disinformation, corruption of Western leaders, and espionage—have good reason to be disappointed. With a few exceptions in the Baltic and Scandinavian countries, and recently in the Czech Republic, very few real counter-measures have been put into practice. Despite almost every Western intelligence agency urgently warning about the Russian

‘Fake news’: the best thing that’s happened to journalism

By Charlie Beckett, Director of Polis, LSE Fake News has upset a lot of people and caused real damage but it’s been good news for journalism analysts like me. I’ve never had more interest in a media issue than this. I’ve never been busier talking and researching a topic and it’s consequences. Here are some notes that I use when I give talks about fake news. This article by Charlie Beckett, Polis,

The Daily Vertical: Post-Truth On Trial (Transcript)

The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. We’re going to hear a lot more about the downing of Flight MH17. We’re going to hear a lot more about the killing of civilians in Mariupol and Kramatorsk. We’re going to hear a lot more about Russia financing, supporting, and arming separatists in the Donbas. We’re going to hear a lot more about terrorist attacks

The Daily Vertical: History, Mythology, And Heretics (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, RFE/RL The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. Two Russian courts have ruled that something everybody knows happened didn’t actually happen. Two Russian courts have ruled that something every serious historian and every serious student of history knows to be true is actually a fiction. Two Russian courts have ruled that the Soviet Union did not invade Poland in 1939.

This News Network Could Shake Up the Media Scene in Putin’s Russia

By Helle Dale. for The Daily Signal Russian propaganda and influence operations have escalated over the past decade, and have especially intensified after the invasion of Ukraine. Plain and simple, the Kremlin has declared war on the concept of objective news reporting — on the airwaves as well as on the internet. Years in the making and with a modest budget of $10 million, the U.S. government has finally produced

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