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Bloomberg reports: Russian Hackers Fueled Catalan Separatism, Madrid Institute Says.

Spain’s struggle to quash separatism in its Catalonia region was disrupted by Russian hackers agitating for a break-up, in a hallmark propaganda effort to fracture Europe, according to a government-backed research institute in Madrid.

The unidentified Russians spread both true and false messages on Facebook and Twitter during the illegal separatist referendum on Oct. 1, according to Mira Milosevich, a senior analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute. The “dezinformatsiya” campaign deployed trolls, bots and fake accounts, and was backed by intense coverage from Russia’s state-supported television, she said.

The most significant comments spread on Twitter and Facebook came from WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange and government-secrets leaker Edward Snowden, Milosevich said, particularly that the “banana republic” of Spain used violence to suffocate a democratic vote. The comments “were retweeted and shared on Facebook by trolls and bots,” she said.

For his Twitter profile photo, Assange is using a shot of Spanish riot police, clad in black protective gear, with one of them swinging his baton.

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Russian Bots in Collusion with Assange and Snowden?

What is it that Assange or Snowden said that isn't true? What fake images did either post?

Sounds like "Dezinformatsiya" (government propaganda) to me.

Best wishes to the Catalan Independence Movement.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock