The same situation is developing in Germany as was developing in the United States during the election. Western propaganda claimed that the Russians were hacking and "interfering" with the election, while the intelligence community investigated these claims, reporting that no such evidence exists. Following which, POTUS rejected that conclusion, ordered USIC to re-investigate, and the conclusion was the opposite - but still no evidence was shown. So, we see the that Russia reported on that girl having been raped by what sounds to be Middle Eastern refugees, but Russia reporting on that is "hostile," because it's "disinformation," because "the girl made a misrepresentation." Of course, the government makes no effort to prove the girl "misrepresented" the situation. Instead, they simply claim it, and expect the public to be convinced by the government's authority alone."German intelligence was unable to produce any conclusive evidence of Russia waging a disinformation campaign against Berlin ... Having spent nearly one year on a joint investigation, the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) have failed to produce any conclusive evidence of Russia perpetrating a disinformation campaign against the German federal government ... the security agencies were initially planning to at least partially disclose their findings to the public, but due to the utter lack of evidence – or 'smoking gun,' as the government officials put it – they chose not to publish the investigation report at all"
https://sputniknews.com/europe/20170207 ... stigation/
"German intelligence agencies have no evidence of Russian influence in Germany ... BND and federal constitutional protection have determined ... 'We have not found any smoking gun' ... However, the Chancellor's Office ordered the investigation to be further investigated ... convinced Russia's hostile interference ... Because, according to the government, the lack of evidence is not a reason for a acquittal of Russia ... Angela Merkel commissioned the investigation by BND ... Last year already had several politicians, including Wolfgang Bosbach (CDU) and Christian Lindner (FDP), warned of a manipulation of the election by the Russian government."
Original: http://www.huffingtonpost.de/2017/02/06 ... 32114.html
Translated: https://translate.google.com/translate? ... rev=search
"Is Russia manipulating the German public? German intelligence agencies have determined, they did not find evidence according to a report. But there is still cause for concern ... German intelligence agencies, according to a media report no evidence of a specific Russian disinformation campaign against the federal government. That was come out at a nearly one-year investigation of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and the Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution (BfV) ... Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) have the examination ... commissioned ... At the beginning of 2016 a 13-year-old Russian-German had claimed that she had been raped by 'southern countries.' Russian state media then attacked Merkel's refugee policy, in social media was rushed against foreigners and the federal government. However, it turned out that the girl had made a misrepresentation. The intelligence report accordingly stated loud SZ since 2014, a 'confrontational course' Russia against Germany and is called the coverage of Russian media and its German offshoot as RT German and Sputnik News hostile"
Original: http://www.zeit.de/politik/deutschland/ ... eimdienste
Translated: https://translate.google.com/translate? ... rev=search
"German intelligence agencies have not found any clear evidence for a Russian disinformation campaign against the federal government, but they do not give an all-clear. According to information from Süddeutscher Zeitung, NDR and WDR, this is the result of nearly one year's investigation by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) and the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection (BfV). Original reflections, which have been classified as secret curses, were at least partially published. ... 'We have not found a smoking gun,' the government said ... could intervene in the elections, for example by publishing secret documents captured by hacker attacks ... The investigation was commissioned by Chancellor Angela Merkel after 'Fall Lisa.' Russian media and politicians had caused a stir after the alleged rape of a 13-year-old ... It was initially assumed that Russian government agencies or intelligence services orchestrated protests. But this could not be proven 'in any of the cases,' the report says"
http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/gehe ... -1.3365839
Hence why Facebook and Google have announced they will be working with various governments and media to suppress "fake news" stories as these. Because, after all, if the German government might be covering something up, who better to ask than the German government? It's not as though the German government had strategic reasons to cover up the rape of a thirteen year old girl allegedly committed by what sound to be Middle Eastern refugees, when Merkel and her party were suffering tremendously poor poll ratings and the nation itself experiencing developing unrest and resentment toward the government as a result of the ongoing refugee crisis Merkel and her CDU created. No, surely it would be wise to do exactly what the German government recommended: Ask the government if they're covering anything up, and take their word for it when they predictably respond "no.""Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Germany of 'covering up reality in a politically correct manner for the sake of domestic politics' ... 'it's completely clear that she didn't disappear voluntarily for 30 hours' ... Lavrov was referring to reports in the Russian media that a 13-year-old girl from a Russian immigrant family was abducted in Berlin on January 11th by 'Arab-looking men' and raped repeatedly over a 30-hour period. Berlin police have furiously denied this version of events, saying that while the girl did go missing briefly, any sexual contact appears to have been consensual"
https://www.thelocal.de/20160126/moscow ... ssian-girl
"In Berlin police have denied a story spread on social media that a 13-year-old girl was abducted and raped by refugees and that police subsequently tried to cover the incident up ... Police in Bavaria, meanwhile, have started a social media campaign to discourage people from sharing rumours on social media without checking up on the truth of them first, after a post claiming a police-cover up of a sexual assault by a refugee went viral. ... Police warnings of this sort are nothing new. In October 2015 police in Saxony reported that 'rumours have been spreading uncontrollably over the internet in the last few weeks.' Without mentioning what specifically the rumours related to, police in the east German state warned that spreading hearsay over social media without checking the facts was creating hysteria"
https://www.thelocal.de/20160121/police ... n-refugees
This will be an increasingly relevant circumstance.