Spain warns EU about cybermeddling suspicions in Catalonia

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 01:24:38 AM. Spain on Monday warned its European Union partners about a disinformation campaign aimed at destabilizing its volatile northeastern region of Catalonia, which Madrid claims appears to be coming from Russia. Spanish Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal told reporters that 'many of the...
Interested in Spain? Add Spain as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Spain news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Spain Add Interest Spain on Monday warned its European Union partners about a disinformation campaign aimed at destabilizing its volatile northeastern region of Catalonia, which Madrid claims appears to be coming from Russia. Spanish Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal told reporters that "many of the actions come from Russian territory," but that it's not yet possible to determine what their exact source is or if the Russian government is involved. She said some of them are "repeated from Venezuelan territory." The Spanish government took control of Catalonia's powers and called a snap regional election for Dec. 21, after the Catalan government held a banned independence referendum on Oct. 1. Several regional government ministers have been jailed, and the region's ousted leader, Carles Puigdemont, is in Brussels with four associates fighting extradition to Spain for trial. They could face up to 30 years in prison on charges of rebellion, sedition and extortion. De Cospedal declined to guess what impact the disinformation might be having on the election campaign or how big the fake news campaign might be. She said the number "is changing every day. The figure cannot be specified." Earlier, referring to a recent London meeting between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and a prominent Catalan pro-independence figure, Spanish Foreign Minister...Read more
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