Counter Misinformation Team

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Todd Leventhal, Chief of the Misinformation Team, U.S. Department of State and Dante Chinni, Senior Associate, Project for Excellence in Journalism at Washington Foreign Press Center Briefing on "Accuracy in the Media: Misinformation, Mistakes, and Misleading in American and Other Media."

The Counter Misinformation Team or Counter Mis-information Team, headed by Todd Leventhal, was part of the United States Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs.[1] The team was tasked with responding to alleged misinformation and disinformation about the United States government. It was discontinued after the Bush administration ended.[2]


The team was originally formed to counter Soviet misinformation during the Cold war.[2]

Response to 9/11 conspiracy theories[edit]

In an attempt to debunk 9/11 conspiracy theories, the team released "The Top September 11 Conspiracy Theories"[3] report on August 28, 2006.[4]


  1. ^ Todd Leventhal
  2. ^ a b Aistrope, Tim (2016). "Social Media and counterterrorism strategy". Australian Journal of International Affairs. 70: 121–138 – via EBSCO.
  3. ^ "The Top September 11 Conspiracy Theories". Counter Misinformation Team. Archived from the original on 2011-02-28.
  4. ^ "U.S. moves to debunk 'alternative theories' on September 11 attacks". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20.