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Coronavirus lies pushed by China to blame virus on U.S. bioweapon


Added 03-15-20 08:35:02pm EST - “China, Russia and Iran are flooding the global information space with false claims about coronavirus, according to officials, who say one of the biggest lies ?" that the virus is a U.S. bioweapon and was brought to China by Army personnel…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “EXCLUSIVE: ‘Surge’ of coronavirus lies from adversaries seeking to blame U.S. floods web”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China, Russia and Iran are flooding the global information space with false claims about coronavirus, according to U.S. officials, who say one of the biggest lies — that the virus is a U.S. bioweapon and was brought to China by U.S. Army personnel — is just the latest in a “surge of propaganda” aimed at undermining America’s image on the world stage.

The converging operations find Beijing, Moscow and Tehran using a vast web of social media accounts, fake news outlets and state-controlled global satellite media to promote false claims by academics and, at times, actual government officials to blame Washington for the crisis now gripping most of humanity.

It’s a situation that the head of a key State Department counter-disinformation office says has prompted U.S. officials to ramp up their own efforts to counter coronavirus lies that were first seeded by Russia in January and that China is now pushing in a bid to make Beijing appear as a superior global power to the United States.

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U.S. Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, who leads the department’s Global Engagement Center, told The Washington Times on Sunday that the Chinese are “engaged in an all-out aggressive campaign to try to reshape the global narrative around the coronavirus, essentially to the degree of trying to provide an alternate reality of what has actually happened since December.”

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