Democracy Now! | Democracy Now! Headlines for May 25, 2012: Pentagon Contractor Admits Waging Propaganda Campaign Against Journalists
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The USA Today has revealed the co-owner of a major Pentagon propaganda contractor has publicly admitted that he was behind a propaganda campaign to discredit two USA Today journalists. The journalists were targeted after they reported that the Pentagon had spent millions of dollars on "poorly tracked marketing and propaganda campaigns" in Iraq and Afghanistan. One firm cited in the report was Leonie Industries, which has received at least $120 million in Pentagon contracts since 2009. On Thursday, Leonie’s co-owner, Camille Chidiac, admitted he set up fake web addresses, Twitter and Facebook accounts in the names of USA Today editor Ray Locker and reporter Tom Vanden Brook as part of an online misinformation campaign.