Internal EU report on coronavirus disinformation was harsher on China than public release

A publicly released European Union report on disinformation campaigns related to the novel coronavirus is watered down and less detailed in describing Chinese government activity compared to an internal assessment, according to a copy of the document obtained by CyberScoop. The internal assessment from the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic service, was more direct in describing Chinese efforts to manipulate public perceptions of the pandemic. The document, which also covers Russian and Iranian disinformation efforts, singled out “official Chinese sources” for making a “continued and coordinated push” to deflect blame for the virus’s spread. It pointed to reports that China was running “a global disinformation campaign” to both shield itself from criticism and “improve its international image.” But the public report that the EEAS posted online Friday was less direct in its criticism of Beijing, and said that “other actors,” in addition to China, were deflecting blame. The New York Times reported earlier Friday that some EU officials had softened the report, … Continue reading Internal EU report on coronavirus disinformation was harsher on China than public release