Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State accused Russia, China, and Iran for sharing COVID-19 “disinformation” and concerted efforts to “disparage” American initiatives to contain the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic.
Talking at the White House on Friday, Mike Pompeo defined the misinformation campaigns as “pretty widespread,” and urged Americans to make sure they get their details from a credible source and not a “bad actor” trying to build and flow data they know is false.
For these “disinformation campaigns,” he named three countries.
The Secretary of State understood that it was a “tough fight” to tackle the rapidly spreading pandemic. A total of 230 people had died in the US on Friday evening due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic. The number of reported cases has risen to over 18,000 in less than 50 hours, a rise of over 10,000. Cases of coronavirus have been identified in all 50 states in the United States and District of Columbia as well as in Puerto Rico. Globally, the death toll from the virus has increased to 11,397, with more than 275,427 recorded cases in more than 160 countries and regions.
Misinformation on COVID-19 Reported by EU
His comment came after a coalition of eight Democratic Senators led Dick Durbin and Jeff Merkley. It is to encourage the State Department to take action. It is against international actors “who are weaponizing misinformation” to disrupt attempts by the US. Also, its global partners to educate the public about attempts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Additional EU reports of Russian attempts to sow misinformation about COVID-19. It echoes warnings issued by Lea Gabrielle, Special Envoy of the Department of State’s Global Engagement Center (GEC). Also, to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that Russia is behind. Further, “online swarms of false people” trying to spread misinformation. This is about COVID-19 on social media platforms, the Senators wrote.
A recent study is by Check Point. An Israeli-based cybersecurity group revealed that Chinese hackers like “Vicious Panda” posed an “advanced persistent threat”. It is in this area and is likely to support by the Chinese government, the senator’s states.
The senators also urged US officials in their letter to Mike Pompeo. This is to refrain from using the misleading and inaccurate terminology attributing COVID-19 to a specific area or nation.