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Dutch minister says Russia is manipulating public opinion | Irish Times - Nov. 15, 2017 |

The new Dutch government has accused Russia of attempting to influence public opinion in the Netherlands by spreading fake news, and says it plans to open talks with social-media companies about how to counter "clandestine political influence".

The claim comes in a written briefing to MPs from home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren, who says the country is being "monitored" by Russia's security services who are constantly in search of opportunities to undermine it in ways that are "easy, anonymous, fast and cheap".

The minister - who is also deputy prime minister in the new Liberal-Christian Democrat-D66-Christian Union coalition, which took office last month - indicated, too, that Russia was not the only country involved in such destabilising practices.

"We know what Russia is up to, but we should not assume that Russia is the only one," she told parliament in the three-page briefing. However, she gave no indication as to who the other states might be.

Ms Ollongren's briefing was strikingly similar to comments by British prime minister Theresa May, when she accused Russia of meddling in elections, planting fake stories in the media and attempting to "weaponise information" in order to sow discord in the West.

The Spanish government also warned the EU's Foreign Affairs Council about what it says is Russian interference in the bitter debate about Catalan independence, which has plunged the country into its worst political crisis since the return of democracy in the 1970s.



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