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Dezinformatsiya: Russian Interference Is Real

Clifford D. May
15th February 2018 - Quoted by John Dale Dunn - American Thinker

In a recent AT essay, I wrote of the warnings of Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former high-level Romanian intelligence officer who defected to the U.S. in 1978.

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Last week, Clifford May wrote an ominous and compelling commentary on how the Putin disinformation project is at full speed and Putin can't help but be pleased with the disruption and disturbance of American politics.  May is president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, with master's degrees from Columbia in international affairs and journalism.  He is formerly a journalist with Newsweek, PBS, and the New York Times and even was the chief of the NYT West Africa bureau.  He is also an advocate for a robust national security strategy.

May writes: 

What this column is about: dezinformatsiya, the Russian word that gave birth, in the 1980s, to the English neologism "disinformation."  Understand that disinformation is not a synonym for misinformation.  The later implies information that happens to be wrong.  The former implies an attempt to deceive public opinion for strategic purposes.

May describes a longtime effective effort by thousands of Soviet propagandists and espionage agents to spread dezinformatsiya around the world.  He doesn't stop there, but points out how today the commies use social media and other internet strategies to run a disinformation program far beyond Stalin's wildest dreams.

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