Lea Gabrielle, State Department special envoy and coordinator of the Global Engagement Center (GEC), told AFP that in the case of the Cornavirus "we were able to see their [the Russians'] full disinformation ecosystem in effect, including state TV, proxy web sites and thousands of false social media personas all pushing the same themes," including allegations that the virus is a US effort to “wage economic war on China”, that it is a biological weapon manufactured by the CIA or part of a Western-led effort “to push anti-China messages.”
Ms. Gabrielle's bio says:
Lea Gabrielle joins the State Department as Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center. She is a former Human Intelligence Operations Officer, Defense Foreign Liaison Officer, U.S. Navy Program Director, Navy F/A-18C Fighter Pilot, and national television news correspondent and anchor.
While serving in the U.S. Intelligence Community, Ms. Gabrielle was a CIA-trained Human Intelligence Operations Officer, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). She directed and conducted global clandestine strategic intelligence collection operations. Ms. Gabrielle also deployed in tactical anti-terrorist operations in hostile environments with Naval Special Warfare (SEALs), conducting independent operations in support of Tier One Forces. Ms. Gabrielle later served as Director of a U.S. Navy sensitive intelligence program.
Prior to becoming an intelligence operations officer, Ms. Gabrielle was a Defense Foreign Liaison Officer for the Office of International Engagements, DIA. In this foreign diplomacy role, Ms. Gabrielle was a Department of Defense principal contact with foreign Defense Attachés, organizing international military cooperation and information-sharing operations between these attachés and U.S. Government leaders.
Ms. Gabrielle began her public service in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft carrier-based F/A-18C fighter pilot, flying combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq in Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch. After 12 years of active duty service, Ms. Gabrielle became a television news journalist at NBC News, and most recently served as a correspondent and frequent anchor for the FOX News Channel and Fox Business Network.
Ms. Gabrielle is a U.S. Naval Academy Graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is thrilled to be returning to her roots in U.S. Government service and to be able to apply her extensive national security and diplomacy experience to U.S. foreign policy as the U.S. State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center.