US intelligence think tank conducted “false flag” operation impersonating Russian election interference

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    • #7464
      Ohio Barbarian
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      WSWS:

      A series of articles published in the past week have revealed that the New Knowledge think tank conducted a “false flag” operation to influence the 2017 Alabama state election and make it appear that Russia was conducting a Twitter campaign to back its preferred candidate. New Knowledge is closely connected to the US intelligence agencies and has been widely cited as an impartial investigator of “Russian meddling” in US politics.

      The story was first reported by the Washington Post on December 18 and the New York Times on December 19. Only a day earlier, both newspapers had carried lead front-page articles based largely on a New Knowledge report that claimed to provide new evidence of Russian social media operations to influence American politics.

      As is the now well-established procedure, the report by New Knowledge was presented by the Times and Post as “independent” and scientific. The articles in the Times and Post were then made the basis for countless news articles and television reports breathtakingly reporting the latest nefarious activities of the Kremlin as established fact.

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      The Times goes on to quote an internal report by New Knowledge, summarizing Project Birmingham: “We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.” Moore’s Twitter account was followed by numerous accounts with an obviously fake and Russian appearance, featuring profile pictures of celebrities and Russian cyrillic characters.

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    • #7475
      djean111
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      Maybe never, IMO.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

      A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

    • #7477
      jwirr
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      For 2020?

      jwirr

    • #7536
      gordyfl
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      Someone forgot to tell Mother Jones:

      “Russian Propagandists Are Pushing for Roy Moore to Win”

      In the run-up to Alabama’s special election, Kremlin-linked news sites and trolls have battled vigorously on behalf of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for US senator.

      https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/12/russian-propagandists-are-pushing-for-roy-moore-to-win/

       

       

    • #7548
      Babel 17
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      Almost anything of this nature can get funded these days, and lawyers will jump to get involved in such a high profile case.

      The billionaire whose money got used sounds annoyed, and might say a lot more if he gets dragged deeper into the mess. If this ends up before a judge, he might be called on to provide testimony during discovery.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/26/internet-billionaire-reid-hoffman-apologizes-funding-group-behind-disinformation-alabama-race

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    • #7760
      David the Gnome
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      I think this is what has been going on from the start.  Not so much a Russian misinformation campaign – but a campaign by US individuals and groups to make it look like one.  Strange…

      Before 2016 I liked Rachael Maddow and didnt realize MSNBC was as twisted as Fox.  Now, it makes me sick to hear her voice, or see the station on TV.  Regardless of how the Russia situation proves out (if it ever does) there doesnt seem to be any genuine journalism on television at all.

      For the most part, its cleverly (or not so cleverly) constructed propaganda.  I’ve heard the Russians being blamed for countless things that it’s really ridiculous to blame them for.

      • #7785
        MistaP
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        https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/01/how-russia-spin-got-so-much-torque

        basically it’s a combination of two things: 1. the DNCleaks, which got DWS screaming about the Russians because CrowdStrike found Russian(?) malware but never proved that the mass exfiltration was done by Russians and not an insider (followed by Guccifer 2.0, who provided no proof they were the “scoop” and vanished, but not after splattering everything in Cyrillic)

        and 2. the Steele/Strzok caper at the FBI, which basically gaslit itself and came up with nothing

        the leaked Brennan/Clapper report is basically dribs and drabs, nothing that would’ve been out of place at an Impeach Earl Warren rally

        and that’s it, that’s all: the Trump Tower story fell apart and Assange and Hersh deny the WikiLeaks story, which is impossible anyway: the whole point was to stampede the Senate into impeaching the hated Trump, but Starfleet Admiral Michael Rogers spilled the beans to the Donald and a counterwave began to build (helped by the fact that nobody wanted Clinton to win, they just wanted her to keep Trump out)

    • #7775
      Ohio Barbarian
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      most of these folks have lived posh lives since birth, have been constantly told how brilliant they are, and are constantly sucked up to by those who wish to advance themselves. After awhile, they think they can get away with anything, and start underestimating things like technology because they don’t really understand it, or they hire people who tell them what they want to hear.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #7980
      not4sale
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      A normal part of today’s extensive propaganda, the best DNC lies money can buy.

    • #8183
      Rex
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      Yep, yep!

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