British And Spanish Leaders Say Russian Trolls Meddled In Their Elections

London:  In a remarkable one-two punch aimed at Russian hackers, bots and trolls, the prime ministers of Britain and Spain have separately accused Russian entities - including some allegedly supported by the state - of meddling in European elections and have vowed to foil them.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday that an "avalanche" of bots spread "fake news" about Spain during Catalonia's independence referendum last month and that Spanish authorities think that more than half of the originating accounts are in Russian territory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, told and US President Donald Trump Russia did not meddled in the US elections.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, told and US President Donald Trump Russia did not meddled in the US elections. Photo: AP

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday night charged that President Vladimir Putin's Russia was attempting to "undermine free societies" and "sow discord" in Britain and among its Western allies by "deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories."

"So I have a very simple message for Russia," May said. "We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed."

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