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Russia pioneered the modern use of "weaponized information" to meddle in the 2016 American presidential election and political campaigns in Europe, according to the U.S. intelligence community. But the Kremlin has lots of company in using hacked, leaked, stolen or fabricated information to influence opinion.The American information marketplace is being corrupted by many other foreign nations, including China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. For the Middle East combatants, America is becoming the new Lebanon – the place where other nations go to fight their dirty proxy wars.The scary thing is that this fog of lies is working – for the Russians, the Arab info-warriors and Trump.This degradation of the information marketplace should terrify everyone, but especially journalists who depend on its coherence and credibility.The media war continued: In March 2018, The New York Times revealed UAE payments to lobbyist Elliott Broidy, based on information provided "by someone critical of the Emirati influence in Washington".The public benefits from knowing some of the information, to be sure.
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