UK to fight back against Russia in information war – The Sydney Morning Herald

London: Britain will launch a counter-propaganda war against the Russians and terrorists in an overhaul of security capabilities announced by Theresa May on Tuesday night.

The Prime Minister has instructed the intelligence services to use social media to disrupt misinformation as she promised to use “every capability at our disposal” to defeat the new threat facing the country.

As well as increased Russian aggression, sources warned that the Islamist terror threat was likely to rise in the next two years as Mrs May announced a new effort to ensure every government agency and department makes national security a priority, rather than just the police and security services.

British Prime Minister Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May

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The plan, called the “Fusion Doctrine”, is intended to tackle the evolving threats posed by states such as Russia and North Korea, as well as terrorist groups including Isil which use cyber warfare and “fake news” as well as bombs to attack their enemies.

On Monday, security experts warned that the Kremlin had pumped out more than 20 different stories so far to explain the attack on Sergei Skripal, the former spy, in Salisbury to “confuse the picture and confuse the charge sheet”.

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