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5. Duped by Russia, freelancers ensnared in disinformation campaign by promise of easy money
Sun Apr 28, 2024, 10:22 PM
Apr 28

The GOP and right wing media have happily gone from being known for standing up against Russian expansionism to being a parroting Russian propaganda. The months long delay in aide to the Ukraine is just the latest, but not last, example.


LONDON (Reuters) - When freelance journalist Laura Walters submitted a 1,000 word article about Chinese political influence in New Zealand to her new editors at non-profit media outlet Peace Data, the response was emphatic.

"I'd like to express our deep gratitude for your work," wrote Peace Data communications manager Alice Schultz in a June 15 email seen by Reuters. "It's hard to believe how totalitarian countries like China (or Russia) are finding their ways to meddle even in the strongest democracies around the globe."

But that email, from a person claiming to be Schultz, now appears to have been a small part of one such meddling attempt.

Acting on a tip from the FBI, Facebook and Twitter said on Tuesday they had identified Peace Data as the centre of a Russian political influence campaign targeting left-wing voters in the United States, Britain and other countries.
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