Jim Townsend, US deputy assistant defence secretary for Europe and NATO under former President Barack Obama, welcomed NATO’s approach.
“I think NATO did a great job of being very deliberative and cautious by putting a story together based on facts,” he told Al Jazeera. “I think the US was like that too amid an environment where everything was very murky with a lot of conflicting information out there.”
“The conflicting information was mainly picked up by the press and it became a real frenzy,” he said.
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