On November 22, 2012, the Los Angeles Times published an alarming piece of news entitled
The “cyber-warriors” who are headed for organizations such as the CIA, NSC, FBI, the Pentagon and so on,
are trained to stalk, “rifle through trash, sneak a tracking device on cars
and plant false information on Facebook [emphasis added].
They also are taught to write computer viruses, hack digital networks, crack passwords,
plant listening devices and mine data from broken cellphones and flash drives.”
While truth is the fist casualty of war, journalists are also fair game thanks
— in large part owing to the provisions of the Information Operations Road Map of 2003
(signed by the then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
and pursued by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta).
As part of the plan, “public affairs officers brief journalists”.
In 2005 it came to light that the Pentagon paid the Lincoln Group (a private company)
to plant ‘hundreds of stories’ in Iraqi papers in support of U.S. Policies.