The Latest: Spain analyzing source of fake news on Catalonia
BRUSSELS (AP) – The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local):
Spain’s defense minister says the government is analyzing who is behind a disinformation campaign targeting the region of Catalonia amid suspicions that Russia and Venezuela might be involved.
Maria Dolores de Cospedal has told reporters in Brussels that “many of the actions come from Russian territory,” but that it’s not yet possible to determine exactly what their source is.
She said some of them are “repeated from Venezuelan territory.”
The minister declined to say what impact the disinformation might have on the Dec. 21 regional elections in Catalonia, or how big the fake news campaign is.
She said the number of fake news items about Catalonia “is changing every day. The figure cannot be specified.”