DISINFO: US senators and Macron accused Sputnik and RT of election interference with no evidence
  • Outlet: Sputnik Germany (archived)*
  • Date of publication: July 10, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): German
  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • Countries / regions discussed: France, US
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DISINFO: US senators and Macron accused Sputnik and RT of election interference with no evidence


A number of Western politicians, including US senators and deputies and French President Emmanuel Macron, accused Sputnik and RT of interfering in the elections in the United States and France, but provided no evidence.


Recurring disinformation narrative claiming that there is no proof of Russian interference in the elections in Western countries and the US: see examples here and here. There is evidence linking Russian state actors to interference in electoral processes. Interference in the French elections included personal attacks and mocking of the then presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron. Apart from biased reporting in the pro-Kremlin media, there was a made up story about Macron's offshore accounts (the so-called MacronGate) and an actual hack-and-leak operation. According to the Insider and Mediapart, the hacking was purported by the same GRU unit responsible for the hacking of the Democrats' servers in the US. For more information, see EUvsDisinfo analysis “Tackling disinformation à la Française". The fact of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election was underlined by the US intelligence community in January 2017. These findings were confirmed by the US Special Counsel investigation which found that "[t]he Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a sweeping and systematic fashion" (p. 1). See additional debunking of the "no interference" narrative here. Read more about election meddling in France and elsewhere here.


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