>> A rape claim against NATO soldiers stationed in the Baltics that authorities say was falsely made has stoked fears of an escalating info war between Russia and the West. Prosecutors in Lithuania opening an investigation into the source of an anonymous tip sent by email to Parliament. He claimed a group of German speaking men had surrounded and sexually assaulted a 15 year old girl in a town close to German Army barracks an attack Lithuania's chief prosecutor says never happened.
The mysterious email originating outside the European Union. Lithuania hasn't specifically fingered Russia, but a Lithuania Intelligence official told Reuters the native forces are a target of hostile propaganda and that informational and physical provocations were likely. It comes as NATO undergoes a massive buildup of forces in Eastern European.
And Western intelligence agencies are accusing Russia of cyber espionage, of misinformation campaigns against the so-called fake news. It includes the influence of the election that propelled US President Donald Trump into office, claims Moscow has repeatedly denied. German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Lithuania's Prime Minister on Thursday. She said the incident is proved government's need to remain vigilant.