East StratCom disinformation claim:

NATO and the US might start WWIII on the pretext of a cyber-attack against a NATO member.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 24. June 2016

Debunk claim:

As stated by NATO heads of state and government at the Wales Summit in September 2014, “the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest” (http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_111767.htm#cl101). // NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has stressed that NATO’s cyber activities would remain purely defensive: “We have no offensive cyber doctrine or offensive cyber capability. And there are no plans for NATO as a body to use such capabilities. NATO’s core cyber defense task is to defend NATO’s own networks” (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-nato-idUSKCN0Z12NE).

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depoua, blogger, researcher in Disinformation Review issue 32. The item is located at row number 34 in the report.

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