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Infodemic in Italy: A Parliamentary intelligence committee lays bare Russian and Chinese interference

StopFake.org - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 17:58
By Julia Casado from Pixabay

By Francesco Bechis, for CEPA

It’s official: China and Russia used the covid-19 pandemic to propagate and spread disinformation in Italy, exploiting the emergency for their own interests, according to Copasir, the Parliamentary committee overseeing the intelligence services. The bipartisan report, authored by Enrico Borghi of the Democratic Party (Pd), draws on classified material provided by Italian government agencies. 

In the past three months, Russia and China have transformed Italy into a decisive battleground for Europe’s geopolitical hegemony. Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping sent tons of aid and dozens of doctors to Italy, together with a massive and unprecedented propaganda campaign, both on official and party channels and on social media. The result: democracy has gone out of fashion. A recent opinion poll shows 73% of Italians believe that liberal democracies failed the covid-19 test. 

Russia and China played on the same field, but with different strategies. Russia took the leading role, the report says. The Kremlin was already entrenched in Italy’s politics and media. The crisis made its interference stronger and more effective. The report highlights the role of the Sputnik agency in disseminating questionable content and gives a silver medal for the state-run broadcaster RT. The committee describes how both outlets amplified news from Russian sources relating to Italy, with the goal of increasing confusion and panic, amplifying “public order problems in supermarkets” and also with references to migration. As the report explains, Russian disinformation campaigns “focus mainly on conspiracy theories to exploit the virus for their own purposes.” The goal, says the committee’s chairman, Raffaele Volpi of the Northern League, was “to create distrust in Western governments, in their health systems and in the scientific sector.”

The authorities in Beijing have taken a different approach. In official media and on social networks they praised the Chinese government’s response to the covid-19 crisis. They also praised the love of Italians for the Chinese Communist Party. Even at the cost of making everything up. Exemplary in this regard, the report says, was the promotion of the manipulated “Thanks, China!” video on Twitter by the foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying.

In both cases the goal is to show that authoritarian regimes beat the virus and democracies do not. Borghi notes that experience in South Korea and Germany demonstrates that democracies organize themselves better, “because they guarantee better health results and less decreases in freedoms.” 

By Francesco Bechis, for CEPA

Francesco Bechis is a journalist at Formiche.

Common Crisis is a CEPA analytical series on the implications of COVID-19 for the transatlantic relationship. All opinions are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis. 

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MIGs in Libya, contradicting Moscow’s denials

StopFake.org - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 20:34
LIBYA — A picture released by the U.S. AFRICOM, the US Africa Command responsible for military relations with nations and regional organisations in Africa, on May 26, 2020 reportedly shows a Russian Mig-29 Fulcrum jet flying over Libya

By Polygraph

Andrey Krasov
deputy chair of the Russian State Duma’s Defense Committee

“[This is] yet another American scary tale. This is fake and disinformation in the spirit of previous American administrations.” (Responding to U.S. military reports that Russia deployed fighter jets to Libya.)
Source: Regnum.ru, May 26, 2020
FALSE

On May 26, the U.S. Army Africa Command (AFRICOM) said Russia had sent military aircraft to Libya to aid its state-sponsored private military contractors working on behalf of the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is fighting against the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).

“The Russian fighter aircraft arrived in Libya from an airbase in Russia after transiting Syria where it is assessed they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin,” the U.S. statement said.

AFRICOM did not specify what kind of aircraft were sent or how many, but the U.S. provided images showing various Russian fighter and attack jets in the air and parked at Libya’s al-Jufrah airfield.

On May 27, however, the Pentagon subsequently claimed that Russia had sent about 14 military planes to Libya.

NEWS: Russia deploys military fighter aircraft to Libya
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"For too long, Russia has denied the full extent of its involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict. Well, there is no denying it now." – Gen. Townsend
Release: https://t.co/HpLdwUJxcr
Photos: https://t.co/raTal1LKPa pic.twitter.com/dVtsWKPYZ5

— US AFRICOM (@USAfricaCommand) May 26, 2020

Russia denied the reports, with several top lawmakers issuing strong statements, while neither the Kremlin nor the defense ministry responded by the time of this reporting.

“[This is] yet another American scary tale. This is fake and disinformation in the spirit of previous American administrations,” said Andrey Krasov, deputy chair of Russian Duma Defense Committee.

The claim is false.

Reports about Russia air assets going to Libya appeared a week before the AFRICOM’s statement. On May 21, Fathi Bashagha, the GNA’s security chief in Tripoli, told Bloomberg News that “at least six MiG 29s and two Sukhoi 24s had flown into the east from the Russian-controlled Hmeimim Air Base in Syria, escorted by two Su-35 Russian air force jets.”

According to the GNA, six MiG 29s and two Sukhoi 24s have been flown into eastern Libya from the Russian-controlled Hmeimim Air Base in Syria, escorted by two SU-35 Russian Airforce jets. If true this would represent a deeper – and very serious – internationalising of the war.

— Airwars (@airwars) May 21, 2020

Some analysts questioned Bashagha’s claim.

Commenting on the reported deployment of Russian military aircraft to Libya in his blog, The Aviationist, Rome-based freelance journalist David Cenciotti wrote that he was “not sure this actually happened, at least not the way it has been reported.”

However, in an update to his May 21 blog entry, Cenciotti reported that a satellite image showing one MiG-29 being towed at Al Jufra Air Base had confirmed the presence of at least one such Russian fighter jet in Libya. On May 26, The Aviationist discussed the impact of this development on the power balance in Libya.

On May 21, another confirmation came from Jeffrey Bardin, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a cyber intelligence analyst, who posted on LinkedIn a satellite image of the al-Jawfah airbase, showing “the presence of a MiG-29 fighter and a number of other fighters.”

The Drive, a website that covers military affairs and cars, reported on May 2126 and 27 the presence of multiple Russian fighter jets on the airbase in the LNA-controlled territory. The site said the jets “were indeed at Russia’s air base in western Syria just days before the MiG-29 was spotted in Libya.”

Airwars.org, a U.K.-based military aviation watchdog, has been monitoring this situation since May 20, Chris Woods, the website’s director, told Polygraph.info.

“It’s reasonable to conclude that fighter aircraft have recently been supplied to the LNA by Russia,” Woods said. “What remains unclear is whether those aircraft will be flown by mercenaries or by pilots with the Russian air force.”

On May 26, the LNA’s Army Twitter account also retweeted the AFRICOM’s report about the deployment of the Russian aircraft, without denying it.

#Turkey’s involvement by sending terrorists to #Libya must and well force us and the countries that truly fight terror to react between the silence of the international community as we see with clear evidence of #ISIS and #AlQeada fighting for the expired #GNA https://t.co/PtXMp2diI0

— M.LNA (@LNA2019M) May 26, 2020

According to the Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik, an LNA representative speaking on Al Arabiya TV called AFRICOM’s statements about the arrival of Russian military aircraft in Libya “strange.” However, there was no indication the LNA representative denied it had happened.

The United Nations imposed Arms embargo on Libya in 2011.

The civil war in Libya is becoming “increasingly internationalized,” Airwars.org’s Chris Woods said. On one side, Turkey is providing military support to the Tripoli-based GNA; on the other, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia are backing the LNA forces lead by Khalifa Haftar.

Russia has denied involvement in Libya, but a recently leaked U.N. report said Moscow has deployed about 1,200 mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner Group to strengthen Haftar’s forces.

Activists in Bani Walid town release photos of what they say a group of Wagner mercenaries driving in the town after fleeing the battlefield in south #Tripoli pic.twitter.com/k9b2S4LnQh

— The Libya Observer (@Lyobserver) May 23, 2020

Central Asian sources report that Wagner has been actively recruiting mercenaries in war-impoverished Syria “using the same tactics as ISIS” – promising big rewards but instead using the new recruits as cannon fodder.

Libya has been in turmoil for the last nine years. The UN estimates that hundreds of civilians have been killed and thousands injured, while millions have reportedly been forcibly displaced and are in dire need of humanitarian aid.

By Polygraph

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