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State Department-Linked Group Smears Antiwar.com in 'Anti-Ukrainian' List

• https://www.activistpost.com, By Dave DeCamp

The NGO Texty.org.ua listed Antiwar.com and several of its staff members, including Eric Garris, Scott Horton, Kyle Anzalone, and many Antiwar.com contributors. Organizations that Antiwar.com works closely with were also named, including the Libertarian Institute and the Ron Paul Institute.

The American Conservative, which was also included in the list, reported that Texty.org.ua was co-founded by Anatoly Bondarenko. Bondarenko has worked as an instructor for a State Department program known as TechCamp, which provides training for foreign journalists and activists.

Screenshot of a chart from the study

TechCamp's website lists Bondarenko as a trainer for a Ukraine program that brought together "more than 60 local journalists, civil society, community leaders, and private sector partners in Eastern Europe" with the goal of helping to increase "digital and media literacy."

The Texty.org.ua report is titled "Roller Coaster: From Trumpists to Communists. The forces in the US impeding aid to Ukraine and how they do it."

The study acknowledges that most of the people listed "do not have direct, proven ties to the Russian government or propagandists." But it claims that "the arguments they use to urge authorities to distance themselves from Ukraine echo key messages of Russian propaganda aimed at depriving Ukrainians of the ability to defend themselves with Western weapons and funds."

The report links to Antiwar.com's Ukraine news page as an example of "anti-Ukrainian statements."

Other listed people and organizations are from across the political spectrum, from former President Donald Trump to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. Dozens of Republican members of Congress were named, including Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), J.D. Vance (R-OH), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and many others.


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