Written by Suzanne Smalley
Mar 21, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP
Venezuelan leftist organizations orchestrated a disinformation campaign to drive social media narratives supporting a leftist Colombian presidential candidate who is currently polling ahead of the incumbent, according to research published Monday.
The Colombian presidential candidate, Gustavo Petro, is a former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement, a group which U.S. intelligence reports have said once served as a hired gun for the Medellin drug cartels.
An influential Twitter account known as @ChalecosAmarill — since removed by the social media platform — also advocated for additional presidential candidates with foreign policy positions promoted by U.S. adversaries, including in Russia, Venezuela and Cuba, according to the research from threat intelligence firm Nisos.
The @ChalecosAmarill account had more than 144,000 followers before Twitter suspended it on March 12. It supported leftist politicians and movements throughout Latin America, and strongly advocated for Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, according to Nisos. @ChalecosAmarill received an average of 8,760 daily mentions and retweets on Twitter from February 2021 through February 2022, Nisos said.
The intelligence firm’s research highlighted how @ChalecosAmarill leveraged political unrest in Colombia to fuel its growth and support for Petro. The account