BELGRADE – Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stated that the Russian government was behind the sensitive leaks from the Democratic National Committee email accounts, published by WikiLeaks, claiming the website was friends with Russian officials.

Albright in an article published Thursday proposed taking on what she said was “anti-democratic trolling” by Russian media, such as the RT broadcaster and Sputnik news agency, the same way Washington dealt with Islamist propaganda.

“We already have systems in place to monitor Islamic State propaganda on the Internet, and we should do the same for authoritarian propaganda,” she wrote in an article for the USA Today. Albright reiterated accusations by US homeland security and intelligence that the Russian government was behind the sensitive leaks from the Democratic National Committee email accounts, published by WikiLeaks, claiming the website was friends with Russian officials.

News outlets like the RT channel and Sputnik agency are spreading misinformation and lies, she said, and the United States must tell the true story, specifically to audiences in Central and Eastern Europe.

“The U.S. government should work with technology companies to develop better policies to deal with anti-democratic trolling, as they have done with cyberbullying, hate speech and violent extremism,” the top US diplomat under Bill Clinton wrote.

The Clinton campaign has blamed Russia for directing leaks of emails from the hacked account of US Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s election campaign chairman, John Podesta, in a bid to interfere with the US election process. Russia has denied the allegations.

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