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Russia Meddling Ad Hoc Update (2) – 3 November 2014


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This is a media feeding frenzy pouring more kerosene into the conflagration around Russian exploitation of Twitter, Facebook and other social media as proxy delivery systems, as well as the indictment of Manafort and associates.

The Jenna Abrams story will become a classic – gullible is as gullible does.

The volume of articles on Manafort is quite large, and many appear to be well researched  – one wonders now how he might be able to dodge jail time. Ukrainian sources are now leaking more data to the media, the Ukrainian government is offering to help with evidence, and the media are finally beginning to point out that Manafort worked for a Russian proxy in Ukraine, which means Russia, rather than Ukraine.

More importantly, Mueller is now also investigating Podesta, it appears the intent is to roll up the complete Russian lobbying and influence network in DC, which is long overdue. Europe appears to be even more infested with Russian influence networks and there appears to be no serious effort under way to clean them out.

No less interesting is the WSJ report about the Justice Department considering charges against six Russian officials involved in the DNC hack. And more on the Russian hacking campaign against any and all Americans critical of Russia.

The media auto-da-fé of Russia, a privilege earned by Russia at considerable cost in resources expended – the meddling campaign in US politics has become for Russia the proverbial gift that keeps giving ….

Jenna Abrams, Russia’s Clown Troll Princess, Duped the Mainstream Media and the World

Roseanne Barr and Michael McFaul argued with her on Twitter. BuzzFeed and The New York Times cited her tweets. But Jenna Abrams was the fictional creation of a Russian troll farm.

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election – To Inform is to Influence

By SCOTT SHANE SEPT. 7, 2017 Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice. So it was last year when Melvin Redick of Harrisburg, Pa., a friendly-looking American with a backward baseball cap and a young daughter, posted on Facebook a link to a brand-new website. “These guys show hidden truth about Hillary…

Twitter’s list of 2,752 Russian trolls – Recode

As the U.S. Congress continues to investigate Russian efforts to meddle in last year’s presidential election — in favor of Donald Trump — it has released a list of 2,752 now-deactivated Twitter accounts that the company identified as being tied to Russia’s “Internet Research Agency” troll farm.

U.S. Senator Says Russian Trolls Were Behind Competing Protests In Houston

U.S. Senator Richard Burr told a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on November 1 that Russian trolls organized both anti-Islam and pro-Islam protests in front of an Islamic Center in Houston, Texas, on May 21, 2016. Burr, a Republican senator who is also the committee’s chairman, said the two sides used separate Facebook pages but were both operated from a so-called troll farm in St. Petersburg. (C-SPAN)

How Russia ‘Pushed Our Buttons’ With Fake Online Ads | WIRED

Psychologists and students of advertising say Russia effectively used fake ads to exploit divisions in US.

U.S. Prosecutors Consider Charging Russian Officials in DNC Hacking Case – WSJ

The Justice Department has identified more than six members of the Russian government involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computers and swiping sensitive information that became public during the 2016 presidential election, according to people familiar with the investigation.

U.S. prosecutors consider charging Russian officials in DNC hacking case – WSJ | UNIAN

U.S. prosecutors consider charging Russian officials in DNC hacking case – WSJ. View news feed in world news for 02 November from UNIAN Information Agency

Can the U.S. Hold the Russian Government Accountable? – The Atlantic

Behind the special counsel’s big news this week, there has also been an explosion of evidence pointing to Moscow’s role in the presidential race.

An Update On Information Operations On Facebook – To Inform is to Influence

By Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer There have been a lot of questions since the 2016 US election about Russian interference in the electoral process. In April we published a white paper that outlined our understanding of organized attempts to misuse our platform. One question that has emerged is whether there’s a connection between the Russian efforts and…

U.S. Lawmakers Release Russia-Linked Facebook Advertisements

U.S lawmakers have released a batch of Facebook ads linked to Russia’s efforts to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election and stir up emotions on sensitive social issues.

Ukraine says it warned Facebook of Russia fake news in 2015

Social media site denies it failed to act on complaint about Moscow’s ‘propaganda war’

Russia Investigation Has Tech Giants Shying From ‘Social’ Label – The New York Times

Not long ago, social media features were a must-have for any tech company. But the Russian disinformation campaign has put them in an unflattering light.

Documents show Russia hackers pursued Vladimir Putin’s foes, not just America’s Democrats, | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t just Hillary Clinton’s emails they went after. The hackers who disrupted the U.S. presidential election last year had ambitions …

Russian hackers had targets around the world | New York Post

WASHINGTON — The hackers didn’t just go after Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. They tried to break into the private email of the sitting…

Russian hackers’ hit list went way beyond Hillary Clinton: AP – CBS News

Moscow steadfastly denies involvement but many targets of hacking group calling itself &quot;Fancy Bear&quot; blame Russia

Digital ‘Hit List’ Exposes Thousands of the Kremlin’s Favorite Hacking Targets

The Kremlin tried to hack nearly 5,000 emails of its top targets in the United States, Russia and elsewhere, a digital “hit list” analyzed by the Associated Press news agency reveals. U.S. lawmakers are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including Russian ties to Donald Trump’s campaign team.

I worked for Paul Manafort. He always lacked a moral compass. – The Washington Post

He wasn’t concerned with doing the right thing.

Paul Manafort earned $600K a month from pro-Russia party: Ukrainian report

The U.S. is not the only nation investigating Manafort.

Paul Manafort is accused of working for US adversaries in Ukraine

It’s Russia, stupid.

Charges Against Paul Manafort Resonate in Ukraine – The New York Times

Anticorruption groups and activists resent Mr. Manafort for his activities on behalf of President Viktor F. Yanukovych, who was deposed in 2014.

Groysman: Ukraine to provide US with all the information on Manafort case – Groysman: Ukraine to provide US with information on Manafort case – 112.international

So far, no requests from the American side have been received in connection with this question

Paul Manafort’s path from Ukraine to US indictment

Work for Yanukovich leads ex-Trump aide into heart of Russia probe

Ukraine Wants To Question Manafort, But Says Requests To U.S. Have Gone Unanswered

Ukrainian prosecutors intend to ask the U.S. Justice Department for permission to interview President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, following his indictment earlier this…

UAWire – Ukraine sends request to US to have Manafort questioned

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPU) is preparing new requests to question American political technologist Paul Manafort, who was a …

Paul Manafort’s lawyers argue he’s too famous to be a flight risk – CBS News

&quot;Query where such an individual could even hide?&quot; Manafort's defense team wrote in a memo regarding conditions release

Paul Manafort, Rick Gates to remain under house arrest, judge orders

A judge ordered both men back in court on Monday to determine whether they will remain under home confinement.

A Brooklyn blogger uncovered evidence of Paul Manafort’s alleged money laundering months ago

A blogger in Brooklyn wrote about suspicious information related to Paul Manafort’s brownstone in February.

Hackers Guessed Paul Manafort’s Password and Found Daughter’s Texts

Computer security researchers easily hacked Paul Manafort’s James Bond-inspired email password: “bond007”

Paul Manafort is charged with violating a law enacted to fight Nazi propaganda – Vox

The Foreign Agent Registration Act, the obscure statute used to charge Paul Manafort, explained.

Ex-Trump Campaign Chief Manafort Poses ‘Risk Of Flight,’ Court Documents Say

U.S. court documents state that Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, poses a “serious risk of flight” based on a history of deceptive conduct, his wealth, connecti…

Paul Manafort has three passports and ties to Russian oligarchs, prosecutors say | US news | The Guardian

Manafort and associate Rick Gates pose serious flight risk, prosecutors say, as documents related indictments on money laundering charges are released

The man allegedly behind Russia’s ‘troll factory’ is reportedly trying to buy the news outlet that keeps exposing his business empire – To Inform is to Influence

Novaya Gazeta 07:49, 31 october 2017 Evgeny Prigozhin, the rumored creator of Russia’s infamous “troll factory,” is reportedly planning to buy the news websites Fontanka and Delovoi Petersburg. According to Novaya Gazeta in Petersburg, individuals with major influence over Fontanka (but who aren’t formally its owners) recently came “under pressure” to sell the news website “and another local independent outlet” to Prigozhin. The…

FACT CHECK: Did Fox News Ignore News of Paul Manafort’s Indictment and Cover a Cheeseburger Emoji Controversy Instead?

A joke about Fox News’ coverage of Paul Manafort’s indictment morphed into claims the network failed to cover the political news at all.

Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher, Andy Harris say they will give away Paul Manafort donations if he’s convicted

Just two current members of the House of Representatives — Reps. Andy Harris, R-Md., and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif. — received money from Ma…

Mueller grand jury investigating top DC lobbyists – The Washington Post

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former GOP congressman for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied to Paul Manafort, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe – POLITICO

Podesta announced his decision during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure.

McCain: U.S. elex meddling should be seen in context of Putin’s “neoimperial ambitions” | UNIAN

McCain: U.S. elex meddling should be seen in context of Putin’s “neoimperial ambitions”. Current news and events for 02 November from UNIAN Information Agency

Why Vladimir Putin wreaks havoc.

To listen to this episode of Trumpcast, use the player below: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Josh King jumps in for a …

Ex-CIA chief on Obama’s failure to arm Ukraine: Putin needed to have his “nose bloodied” | UNIAN

Ex-CIA chief on Obama’s failure to arm Ukraine: Putin needed to have his “nose bloodied”. Current news and events for 03 November from UNIAN Information Agency

A Former CIA Director Describes the Dangers of ‘Trump Unleashed’ – Defense One

John Brennan praises the advisers who restrain Donald Trump’s impulses, calls out the president’s “enablers” inside the White House, and considers the …

In Call With Times Reporter, Trump Projects Air of Calm Over Charges – The New York Times

President Trump said that he wasn’t ‘angry at anybody’ and that investigations into his campaign’s links to Russia had not come near him personally.

“You Can’t Go Any Lower”: Inside the West Wing, Trump Is Apoplectic as Allies Fear Impeachment | Vanity Fair

After Monday’s indictments, the president blamed Jared Kushner in a call to Steve Bannon, while others are urging him to take off the gloves with Robert Mueller.

Twitter: President Trump’s account deactivated by departing employee – The Washington Post

The president relies heavily on Twitter to announce policy, lash out at adversaries and communicate with the American people.

What We Know About New York Attack Suspect’s Life, Family In Uzbekistan

Family neighbors in Uzbekistan and acquaintances talk about Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York City truck attack that killed 11 people.

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