Elon Musk: ‘Obscure Agency Called GEC’ Behind ‘US Government Censorship and Media Manipulation’

Twitter CEO Elon Musk dropped the hammer and identified an agency within the U.S. federal government that is behind the censoring of Americans and manipulation of the media.

Musk exposed the taxpayer-funded agency while dropping the latest installment of the “Twitter Files.”

“The worst offender in US government censorship and media manipulation is an obscure agency called GEC,” Musk tweeted.

“They are a threat to our democracy.

“That is the line they fed the media about me.”

The agency claims its goal is to fight “disinformation and propaganda,” however, it appears that GEC appears to be the source of the very things it claims to be tackling.

Musk included a link to the government agencies website that explains the “Mission and Vision” of GEC:

“Mission: To direct, lead, synchronize, integrate, and coordinate U.S. Federal Government efforts to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining or influencing the policies, security, or stability of the United States, its allies, and partner nations.

“Vision: To be a data-driven body leading U.S. interagency efforts in proactively addressing foreign adversaries’ attempts to undermine U.S. interests using disinformation and propaganda.”

Musk also directed his Twitter followers to read Matt Taibbi’s breakdown of the “Twitter Files” about the agency.

In a long Twitter thread, Taibbi said:

“In February, 2020, as COVID broke out, the Global Engagement Center – a fledgling analytic/intelligence arms of the State Department – went to the media with a report called, ‘Russian Disinformation Apparatus Taking Advantage of Coronavirus Concerns.’

“The GEC flagged accounts as ‘Russian personas and proxies’ based on criteria like, ‘Describing the Coronavirus as an engineered bioweapon,’ blaming ‘research conducted at the Wuhan institute,’ and ‘attributing the appearance of the virus to the CIA.’

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“State also flagged accounts that retweeted news that Twitter banned the popular U.S. ZeroHedge, claiming the episode ‘led to another flurry of disinformation narratives.’

“ZH had done reports speculating that the virus had lab origin.

“The GEC still led directly to news stories like the AFP’s headline, ‘Russia-linked disinformation campaign led to coronavirus alarm, US says,’ and a Politico story about how ‘Russian, Chinese, Iranian Disinformation Narratives Echo One Another.’

“When Clemson’s Media Forensics Hub complained Twitter hadn’t ‘made a Russia attribution’ in some time, Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth said it was ‘revelatory of their motives.’


“Roth tried in vain to convince outsider researchers like the Clemson lab to check with them before pushing stories about foreign interference to media.

“When the State Department/GEC – remember this was 2020, during the Trump administration – wanted to publicize a list of 5,500 accounts it claimed would ‘amplify Chinese propaganda and disinformation’ about COVID, Twitter analysts were beside themselves.

“The GEC report appeared based on DHS data circulated earlier that week, and included accounts that followed ‘two or more’ Chinese diplomatic accounts.

“They reportedly ended up with a list ‘nearly 250,000’ names long, and included Canadian officials and a CNN account.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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