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Counter-Disinformation Team[edit]
 The United States Department of State planned to use a unit called the Counter-Disinformation Team, formed with the intention of combating disinformation from the Russian government, and that it was disbanded in September 2015 after department heads missed the scope of propaganda before the 2016 U.S. election.[47][48] The U.S. State Department put eight months into developing the unit before scrapping it.[47] It would have been a reboot of the Active Measures Working Group set up by Reagan.[48][49] The Counter-Disinformation Team was set up under the Bureau of International Information Programs.[48][49] Work began in 2014, with the intention to combat propaganda from Russian sources such as Russia Today.[48][49] U.S. Intelligence officials explained to former National Security Agency analyst and counterintelligence officer John R. Schindler that the Obama Administration decided to cancel the unit as they were afraid of antagonizing Russia.[48][49] U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel was point person for the unit before it was canceled.[48][49] Stengel previously wrote about disinformation by Russia Today.[50][51][52] ...

47 Porter, Tom (28 November 2016), "How US and EU failings allowed Kremlin propaganda and fake news to spread through the West", International Business Times, retrieved 29 November 2016
48 Schindler, John R. (5 November 2015), "Obama Fails to Fight Putin's Propaganda Machine", New York Observer, retrieved 28 November 2016

49 Schindler, John R. (26 November 2016), "The Kremlin Didn't Sink Hillary—Obama Did", New York Observer, retrieved 28 November 2016

50 LoGiurato, Brett (29 April 2014), "Russia's Propaganda Channel Just Got A Journalism Lesson From The US State Department", Business Insider, retrieved 29 November 2016

51 LoGiurato, Brett (25 April 2014), "RT Is Very Upset With John Kerry For Blasting Them As Putin's 'Propaganda Bullhorn'", Business Insider, retrieved 29 November 2016

52 Stengel, Richard (29 April 2014), "Russia Today's Disinformation Campaign", Dipnote, United States Department of State, retrieved 28 November 2016 ...

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