Congress may mandate ‘information warfare’ plan for Russia

To Inform is to Influence

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by Joel Gehrke | 

Lawmakers may mandate a specific strategy for countering Russian disinformation if the State Department does not, a senior House Democrat warned.

“I urge you to come up with a strategy and work with Congress to implement it at once,” New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “Otherwise, the House and Senate will look for legislative alternatives to direct the administration to treat the threats of Russia and ISIS with the seriousness they deserve.”

That letter was spurred by reports that Tillerson has hesitated to make use of about $80 million that Congress provided for a counter-propaganda program. The delay has drawn bipartisan criticism, as well as allegations that Tillerson’s team doesn’t want to antagonize Russia by ramping up the program.

“I urge…

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