UK govt rules out disinformation in war on terrorism

The UK government this week ruled out using the type of disinformation tactics - reportedly under consideration at the Pentagon - in its campaign against global terror.

The departments involved in the propaganda war, Number 10, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the MoD, have ruled out UK involvement in covert news campaigns.

The Pentagon is reported to be considering tasking its new Office of Strategic Influence, which is being advised by Washington PR firm The Rendon Group, with providing news releases, possibly false and from outside sources to conceal their origin, to the global media.

A spokeswoman for Number 10, which along with the FCO liaises with US government PROs through the Coalition Information Centre, said: 'I'm not allowed to lie and am bound by the Government Information Service code of conduct on that subject.'

An MoD spokesman said the department would never be involved in deceptive PR tactics: 'We correct misinformation. We do not mislead the media.'

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