Connect with us

Tech

MUELLER: Russian Meddling Predates Trump, Goes Back to 2014

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

Published

on

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.

Trending: Dan Crenshaw Threatens ‘America First’ Students at Campus Event: You are ‘Being Filmed’ and ‘You’re Going to Regret This’

Russia Supported Black Lives Matter

take our poll - story continues below

Should Adam Schiff be tried for treason for fabricating statements attributed to President Trump?

  • Should Adam Schiff be charged with treason for fabricating statements attributed to President Trump?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Big League Politics updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

“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.

 

Bypass Tech Censorship!

Facebook, Twitter and Google are actively restricting conservative content through biased algorithms. Silicon Valley doesn't want you to read our articles. Bypass the censorship, sign up for our newsletter now!

Bypass Tech Censorship!

Facebook, Twitter and Google are actively restricting conservative content through biased algorithms. Silicon Valley doesn't want you to read our articles. Bypass the censorship, sign up for our newsletter now!

Have a hot tip for Big League Politics?

Got a hot news tip for us? Photos or video of a breaking story? Send your tips, photos and videos to tips@bigleaguepolitics.com. All hot tips are immediately forwarded to BLP Staff.

Have something to say? Send your own guest column or original reporting to submissions@bigleaguepolitics.com.

You Might Like

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

It's time to name Antifa a terror org! Sign your petition now!


You Might Like