Western politicians accuse Sputnik and RT of election interference with no evidence

Summary

Western politicians, including US senators and congressmen, as well as the French president, have accused Sputnik and RT of interfering in the US and French elections, but they have not provided any evidence.

Disproof

The attempts of RT and Sputnik of attempting to influence the US and French elections by spreading disinformation  are well documented.

As clearly stated in Mueller’s report  Russian media companies, including primarily RT and Sputnik, sought to influence American voter attitudes.

Russian media attempts to influence French elections are also well documented. For example, in 2017 Sputnik published a report about “gay lobby” behind Emmanuel Macron, then candidate in the French presidential elections , without providing any evidence. According to the same Sputnik report, “ex-French Economy Minister Macron could be ‘US Agent’ lobbying Banks' Interest”. No evidence was given.

In November 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution affirming the need to counteract hostile propaganda against the EU and the Western world, often tailored to match EU Member States’profiles, with the goal of distorting truths, provoking doubt, dividing Member States, engineering a strategic split between the European Union and its North American partners and paralysing the decision-making process, discrediting the EU institutions and transatlantic partnerships, EU .

For a similar case see here

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: US, France
  • Keywords: election meddling, Russia Today (RT), Emmanuel Macron, Robert Mueller, Sputnik
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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