Kuwait news agency says its Twitter was hacked to spread misinformation about US withdrawal

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Kuwait’s state news agency said its Twitter account was hacked and used to spread false information about US troops withdrawing from the country.

In one of the earliest high-profile acts of misinformation about the military during heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, the news agency, KUNA, announced on Twitter that its account had been compromised. According to Reuters, the now-deleted report said Kuwait’s defense minister had received a letter from the US saying American troops would leave a Kuwaiti camp within three days.

The news agency said in follow-up tweets that it “categorically denies” the report that was published on its social media account and that Kuwait’s Ministry of Information is investigating the…

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