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'Our task was to set Americans against their own government'  BI
Recently revealed details about how an infamous Russian "troll farm" operated and its role in Russia's disinformation campaign shed new light on Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential race. One former troll, who was interviewed by the independent Russian news outlet Dozhd and went by "Maxim," or Max, spoke of his experience working for the Internet Research Agency, a well-researched Russian company in St. Petersburg whose function is to spread pro-Russian propaganda and sow political discord in nations perceived as hostile to Russia.
The Internet Research Agency, Max told Dozhd, consisted of a "Russian desk" and a "foreign desk." The Russian desk, which was primarily made up of bots and trolls, used fake social-media accounts to flood the internet with pro-Trump agitprop and made-up news throughout the US presidential campaign, especially in the days leading up to the November election.

The foreign desk had a more sophisticated purpose, according to Max, who worked in that department. "It's not just writing `Obama is a monkey' and `Putin is great.' They'll even fine you for that kind of [primitive] stuff," he told Dozhd. In fact, those who worked for the foreign desk were restricted from spreading pro-Russia propaganda. Rather, Max said, their job was more qualitative and was geared toward understanding the "nuances" of American politics to "rock the boat" on divisive issues like gun control and LGBT rights.

"Our goal wasn't to turn the Americans toward Russia," he added. "Our task was to set Americans against their own government: to provoke unrest and discontent, and to lower Obama's support ratings."

Accusations confirmed.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 01:53:49 AM EST
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The Russian government seems unconcerned that this has come out. Why should they worry. Brags by Russian trolls will not phase those who want to believe.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 01:56:39 AM EST
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Top Republican demands protection for whistleblower amid president's call to identify him
A top Republican politician has demanded protections for the CIA whistleblower, amid efforts by Donald Trump to identify them....On Monday, the president told reporters he was trying to learn the identity of the whistleblower who made a formal complaint to Congress...He said he had the right to meet his accuser "face to face", remarks that led lawyers for the whistleblower to raise concerns for their client's safety.

On Tuesday, Republican senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate judiciary committee, called for the whistleblower to be properly protected. "This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers' requests for confidentiality," said Mr Grassley, who represents Iowa.

"No one should be making judgments or pronouncements without hearing from the whistleblower first and carefully following up on the facts."

The comments from Mr Grassley, 86, are significant, given his seniority in the party. While few Republicans have spoken out openly either in support of the efforts by Democrats to push ahead with an impeachment probe, or to condemn Mr Trump's often aggressive rhetoric, many have indicated they are unhappy about the allegation he sought to interfere in the 2020 election.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 03:51:05 AM EST
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Present and past GOP administrations have blown the cover of serving CIA agents, even those stationed abroad, so it's no surprise that they exxpect to unmask a CIA whistleblower

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 11:44:45 AM EST
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