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19:09

Leonie Industries allegedly ran a smear campaign against two USA Today reporters

Gawker :: Last night USA Today reported that two of its staffers, Tom Vanden Brook and Ray Locker, were the targets of a smear campaign (via fake accounts on Twitter/Facebook). The USA Today story on the mischief names only "Pentagon contractors" as likely culprits. But a source familiar with the story confirms that the contractor responsible is Leonie Industries, an information operations company with more than $90 million in Army contracts in Afghanistan. Leonie was the primary target of the investigation that apparently sparked the sculduggery:

[Tom Vanden Brook and Ray Locker, USA Today, 2/29/2012:] ... Contractors like Leonie plant unattributed broadcasts, plaster the countryside in war zones with billboards, stage concerts and drop leaflets with the intent of bending the will of civilians and combatants to U.S. aims. ...

Continue to read John Cook, gawker.com

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