SPAIN WARNS EU ABOUT CYBERMEDDLING SUSPICIONS
Spain on Monday warned its European Union partners about a disinformation campaign aimed at destabilizing its volatile northeast region of Catalonia, which Madrid claims appears to be coming from Russia. Spanish Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal said “many of the actions come from Russian territory,” but that it’s not yet possible to determine what their exact source is or if the Russian government is involved. The Spanish government took control of Catalonia’s powers and called a snap regional election for Dec. 21, after the Catalan government held a banned independence referendum on October 1. Several ministers have been jailed, and ousted leader Carles Puigdemont is in Brussels fighting extradition to Spain for trial.