Spanish Government Blames ‘Russian Hackers’ For Fueling Catalan Crisis, Says “Democracy” Has Problems With “new technologies”

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Spanish Government Blames 'Russian Hackers' For Fueling Catalan Crisis, Says "Democracy" Has Problems With "new technologies"

Catalonians celebrated after the region’s parliament declared independence from Spain on 27 October

On Firday, Spanish government spokesperson Inigo Mendez de Vigo and Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal ccused some Russian and Venezuelan hackers of interfering in the ongoing crisis in Catalonia, the El Pais newspaper reported.

According to the report, the Spanish government would be dealing with the issue at the next European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which will take place this Monday.

This is a serious issue, where democracy must confront the challenges of new technologies,” Mendez de Vigo said. “It’s an issue that will be on the order of the day at the next Foreign Affairs Council meeting, where the [Spanish] foreign minister will speak on the matter. […] We believe that Europe has to take this issue very seriously. It can’t be that foreign forces, outsiders, whom we don’t know who they are, want to change the constitutional order.”

What kind of problems does the Western “democracy” also have? Isn’t the truth among them?

Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal added that “many messages and operations that were seen via social networks come from Russian territory,”

“And I use the correct expression: from Russian territory. That’s not to say necessarily that we have determined that it is the Russian government. As such, we must act with extreme caution. We have to be clear on the origins. They are partly from Russian territory, partly from elsewhere, also outside the EU. We are determining this at the current time.”

He claimed that hackers from Russia and Venezuela have been publishing fake or distorted news stories related to Catalonia and to Spain. Most likely, the defense minister used the word “hackers” to refer to media outlest, which provided a non-mainstream coverage of the conflict. It looks, now anybody, who knows how to launch a PC, is a hacker.

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