The US State Department was not able to spend $ 120 million, allocated in late 2016 to fight Russian propaganda, writes The New York Times.
To combat the information influence of terrorist organizations, the Center for Global Interaction was established under Barack Obama. Later it was reoriented to fight propaganda from Russia, China and North Korea – 23 analysts of the Center were assigned to follow Russia’s actions in cyberspace, but none of them knew the Russian language.
As a result, not a single penny was spent from the allocated funds to counter the Russian cyber threat. The problem was aggravated by the arrival of the new administration, after which the hiring of new employees was frozen.
Journalists considered this situation “another evidence of Trump’s passive reaction to Russia’s interference.”
The US authorities suspect Russia of interfering in the presidential election of 2016. “Russian hackers” are attributed to the hacking of the servers of the US Democratic Party in June 2016.