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MUELLER: Russian Meddling Predates Trump, Goes Back to 2014

Russian meddling in the United States via social media dates back to at least 2014.

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Russian Meddling Predates Trump

The Mueller Report, released today by Attorney General Bill Barr, reveals that Russia’s Internet Research Agency has been engaged in “active measures” using social media to direct American political discourse since at least 2014, predating President Donald J. Trump’s entrance onto the national stage.

Russians both traveled to the United States for “intelligence gathering” operations and used social media to sway public discourse as early as 2014, according to the newly released, redacted Mueller Report.

“In mid-2014, the IRA sent employees to the United States on an intelligence-gathering mission,” the report reads. It continues that “the IRA later used social media accounts and interest groups to sow discord,” noting that the program began in 2014.

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Russia Supported Black Lives Matter

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“The campaign evolved from a generalized program designed in 2014 and 2015,” according to the Mueller Report.

It is also noted that “As early as the spring of 2014, the IRA began to hide its funding and activities” to allow it to facilitate this program.

At around the same time, “the IRA began to consolidate U.S. operations within a single general department, known internally as the ‘Translator’ department.”

Russia Supported Black Lives Matter

The IRA employees who traveled to the United States in 2014 “applied to the U.S. Department of State” under false pretenses, “lying about the purpose of their trip and claiming to be four friends who had met at a party.”

The report notes that “Ultimately, two IRA employees–Anna Bogacheva and Aleksandra Krylova–received visas and entered the United States on June 4, 2014.”

“Starting as early as 2014,” the report continues, “the IRA’s U.S. operations included social media specialists focusing on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter” and eventually included “specialists who operated on Tumblr and Instagram accounts.”

Russian Meddling Predates Trump

These “specialists” likely used the information gathered during the 2014 intelligence-gathering trip.

These social media pages and groups included pro-Black Lives Matter groups, pro-LGBT groups, pro-Muslim groups, and groups supporting President Donald J. Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

However, the Russians specifically did not support failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

 

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Former Google, Amazon Operative Slated to Lead Biden DOJ Antitrust Division

Putting the fox in charge of the hen house.

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The Biden administration is actively considering a career operative of Google and Amazon to lead the Department of Justice antitrust division, The Intercept reported on Friday.

Renata Hesse previously worked in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division during the Obama administration.

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Hesse advertises working with Amazon as an attorney to help the megacorporation avoid liability for trust monopoly action.

Hesse acted as counsel for Google during 2018 Federal Trade Commission hearings, arguing that Google maintains its monopoly share of the market for search engine queries on the basis of its product alone. Hesse ignored Google’s anti-competitive practices, such as shutting out competitors from search results.

Hesse would presumably oversee the DOJ’s Antitrust Division as it proceeds with historic antitrust litigation against Google. The corporate attorney would presumably be pressured to recuse from the case, unless she’s determined to deliver a favorable outcome for her former clients regardless of existing antitrust law.

At least one other lawyer who has litigated cases against Facebook and Google is under consideration for the Antitrust division.

The Antitrust Division of the DOJ is intended to hold America’s most powerful and unaccountable corporations responsible. Hesse has actively fought against such outcomes for years as a Silicon Valley-aligned attorney. Her appointment as antitrust attorney of the DOJ would indicate that Biden intends to pursue a union of the federal government with Big Tech and America’s most powerful oligarchs.


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