Chinese Agents Helped Sow Coronavirus Pandemic Panic in U.S.

Chinese Agents Helped Sow Coronavirus Pandemic Panic in U.S., by Nate Church.

The New York Times reported that six unnamed “American officials” claim online Chinese agents amplified the panic surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“The officials interviewed for this article work in six different agencies,” the paper said. “They included both career civil servants and political appointees, and some have spent many years analyzing China.”

Their conclusion? China had a deliberate hand in spreading coronavirus panic in the U.S. …

The agents reportedly behind disinformation efforts allegedly “adopted some of the techniques mastered by Russia-backed trolls,” also using social media accounts to share inaccurate information produced by other subversive elements. One of the officials told the Times that “American intelligence officers are also examining whether spies in China’s diplomatic missions in the United States helped spread the fake lockdown messages.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil