Disinfo: Trump’s claims of foreign interference in 2020 are as absurd as where those of the Democrats in 2016

Summary

Trump’s legal team is claiming that the 2020 election was manipulated by Cuba, Venezuela and even China through a software in the counting machines. In previous elections, US Democrats also made claims about alleged interference that were disproven afterwards. The situation is similar to the one we had four years ago, with all the talk about Russia and its hackers. All these absurdities depend at the end of who may believe them, who they reach and in which way. At the end, every side tries to take advantage of all this. What can be the feeling of a US voter who has been for eight years living these soap operas, this kind of situations, in which there hasn’t been a clean election in which the process hasn’t been muddied?

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative denying Russia’s meddling in foreign elections despite overwhelming evidence, both in the US and in other countries. Contrary to the claim, Russian interference in the 2016 US election was widely documented by special counsel Robert Mueller and by a 5-volume series of reports by the Intelligence Committee of the US Senate. By comparing it to the allegations of the legal team of US president Donald Trump, which presented no evidence to support them and whose claims were immediately debunked, pro-Kremlin media try to frame it as a partisan issue and a matter of biased opinion, not of facts.

See other examples of disinformation narratives about this subject, such as allegations that neither the US Intelligence Committee report nor the Mueller report found any evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, that there is no proof that Russia tried to influence the Brexit referendum or about the role played by RT and Sputnik in these and other processes, that “absurd” accusations against Russia are an attempt to demonise it, or that the US and UK are indeed the ones who try to interfere in Europe.

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  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: China, Venezuela, Cuba, US, Russia
  • Keywords: election meddling, Democratic Party (US), Donald Trump
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Crimea has realised the right to self-determination through a free, peaceful vote

The population of Crimea has realized the right to self-determination enshrined in the UN Charter through a free, peaceful vote that meets all international standards. Any discussions around the reunification of the peninsula with the Russian Federation are meaningless: the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are fully integrated into the political, legal and economic space of the Russian Federation.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The so-called referendum was organised under Russian illegal occupation without complying with neither the Ukrainian electoral code nor the Russian electoral code. The annexation has been condemned by the UN GA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

In 2014 the Crimean population realised the right to self-determination through a free and peaceful vote

The Crimean population realised the right to self-determination, enshrined in the UN Charter, through a free and peaceful vote that was held in accordance with all international standards.

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A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

This is a comment from Russia’s deputy permanent envoy Gennady Kuzmin on the updated and enhanced resolution condemning human rights abuses in Crimea, which was adopted by the Third Committee of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on November 18.

Britain is preparing for offensive cyber warfare with Russia

Britain prepares for an offensive cyber warfare with Russia. In the UK, 40,000 new jobs will be created, including in the area of ​​cybersecurity. They will engage in hacking and troll attacks, shaping public opinion in other countries.

The main thing is to influence the enemy (Russia, Iran, and China). Farce, forgery, misinformation, provocations, coordination of raids by robots and trolls – we saw it all perfectly in the example of the Belarusian events, when faceless and nameless “Belarusians” (with Polish, Ukrainian and Baltic States’ passports) directed thousands of abusive messages to de-anonymised security officials. [We saw] waves of “disinformation” about “the regime crimes”. While all of this didn’t help to bring the next Colour Revolution to fruition, it showed the awe-inspiring scope of the possibilities of this kind of “invasion.” If 40 THOUSAND new posts are created for this kind of “specialists”, and each will manage 10-20 accounts – that’s a huge army that can form an imitation of any “public opinion” needed! Indeed, it is potentially the most powerful destabilising factor globally.

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Disinformation message against the UK implying it manages troll factories to manipulate public opinion.

On Thursday 19 November 2020, UK PM Boris Johnson announced to parliament the biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War.