How Sen. Ron Johnson's Investigation Became an Enabler of Russian Disinformation: Part I - 2020-08-11

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F0.png How Sen. Ron Johnson's Investigation Became an Enabler of Russian Disinformation: Part I August 11, 2020, Ryan Goodman, Just Security

Senator Ron Johnson's investigations involving Ukraine have become a conduit of Russian disinformation.

Earlier this month, Johnson defended himself on a local Wisconsin news station saying, "What have I published, what have I reported on, that is not true, that is any form of Russian disinformation? There has been nothing." Similarly, in his 11-page letter, Johnson asserted, "It is neither me, Chairman Grassley, nor our committees that are being used to disseminate Russian disinformation."

The senator surely knows better, and his 11-page defense of his actions reveals it. Published on Monday, Aug. 10, the letter itself contains apparent products of Russian disinformation. And while Johnson denies taking information directly from two specific Ukrainians linked to Russia and its disinformation efforts, he makes no mention of his staff taking information directly from one of those individuals' principal collaborators, which reportedly occurred over the course of several months.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Ryan | last = Goodman | author2 = Asha Rangappa | title = How Sen. Ron Johnson's Investigation Became an Enabler of Russian Disinformation: Part I | url = https://www.justsecurity.org/71947/how-sen-ron-johnsons-investigation-became-an-enabler-of-russian-disinformation-part-i/ | work = Just Security | date = August 11, 2020 | accessdate = September 18, 2020 }}