Russia’s influence on disinformation strategy

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun was the first British newspaper to report on the document Revelations of an explosive dossier alleging links between US President Donald Trump and Russia are…

Russia's influence on disinformation strategy

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun was the first British newspaper to report on the document

Revelations of an explosive dossier alleging links between US President Donald Trump and Russia are bringing a reckoning to Moscow’s attempt to spread its disinformation.

Analysts believe it has cast doubt on the effectiveness of disinformation campaigns by Kremlin-linked actors – especially those identified by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as Russian intelligence services.

Mr Trump has criticised the allegations made in the dossier, which was never fully verified. He has repeatedly denied it.

The reports were first published on Monday in US news outlets, including the New York Times and the Guardian.

This documentary explores the expanding role of English speakers operating out of Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in large-scale disinformation campaigns launched in recent years.

The dossier was known to British intelligence services. We reveal what intelligence services knew at the time and what action was taken.

In the wake of the revelations, the former head of MI6 has warned that Moscow is using “fake news” and “micro-particles of truth” to drive divisions and influence UK politics.

Former Director of Communications for MI6 Guy Verhofstadt has described the claims as ‘utterly shocking and unacceptable’.

Mr Verhofstadt called for media outlets to investigate before publishing any claims on this week’s dossier.

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