If the intelligence is to be believed, President Mokgweetsi Masisi would on the list of African leaders whom Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, wants to chuck out of office.
“One document describes the GRU planning a propaganda campaign in African countries with the goal of turning public support against leaders who support assistance to Ukraine and discrediting the United States and France, in particular, says the Washington Post, referring, by GRU, to Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravlenie, a Soviet military intelligence organization whose name is rendered as the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in English. “The Russian campaign, the report states, would try to plant stories in African media, including ones that tried to discredit Ukraine and its president, Volodymyr Zelensky.”
The document/report in question is part of a trove of 100 secret United States military and intelligence documents that have been posted on the unlikeliest (gaming) webpages of the internet. A hugely credible and respected publication, the Washington Post has gained access to the confidential documents, one of which outlines a plan by GRU to start a propaganda campaign in several African countries.
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