Category Archives: “Russia! Russia! Russia!”

Did the Russians hack the DNC to help the left take over the Democrats?

The Russia conspiracy theory hinges on the single creaky claim that the Democratic National Committee hacks were a Russian plot to elect Trump. The theory and all its illegitimate stepchildren, including Robert Mueller and his infinitely expanding corps of prosecutors, lives or dies by the DNC hacks.

Trying to elect Trump by releasing damaging insider information from the DNC never made any sense. The DNC was already a dysfunctional organization that was being run by the Clinton campaign. Undermining its leadership had little impact on the election, but a great deal on control of the DNC.

Seems plausible.

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FBI Director: Chinese Espionage ‘Most Significant’ Spy Threat Facing US

China, rather than Russia, is the “most significant” long-term threat to the United States, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.

During an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt at the Aspen Ideas Forum, Wray said that the FBI has economic espionage investigations in all 50 states that trace back to Chinese activity.

“It covers everything from corn seeds in Iowa to wind turbines in Massachusetts and everything in between,” said Wray.

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Russian officers indicted for allegedly hacking Clinton campaign, DNC emails

A federal grand jury has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic Party during the 2016 election, the Justice Department announced Friday.

“The internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said during a press conference.

All 12 defendants are members of GRU, the Russian intelligence agency.

… But during his press conference, Rosenstein said, “there is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime.”

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Russian Cossacks ‘to report gay World Cup visitors kissing’

Gay couples seen kissing in public by Russian Cossacks during the World Cup will be reported to police, it is being claimed.

The tournament begins in 11 cities across the country next week.

Rostov-on-Don, a southern city, will reportedly have 300 Cossack vigilantes on patrol to help the police keep the streets safe, including 100 on horseback.

The city will host four group matches and one final 16 game, although the England team will not be playing any of their games there.

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“Collusion against Trump” timeline

It’s easy to find timelines that detail Trump-Russia collusion developments. Here are links to two of them I recommend:

Politifact Russia-Trump timeline

Washington Post Russia-Trump timeline

On the other side, evidence has emerged in the past year that makes it clear there were organized efforts to collude against candidate Donald Trump–and then President Trump. 

h/t RM

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Trump hails House Intelligence Committee report on Russia

The House Intelligence Committee has released a 253-page report on its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The GOP report signals the committee found no evidence of collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia but affirms evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Though its findings were previewed in a summary a month earlier, President Donald Trump hailed the Republican report as vindication of his claim that there was “no collusion” between him or his team and the Russian government.

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DNC on Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Russia Lawsuit

At last—after what feels like decades—we have some transparency in the Russia matter!

No, I’m not talking about how the DOJ finally, after another seeming eternity, coughed up the Comey memos—although the vacuous and contradictory contents of the oddball former director’s jottings might have something to do with it.

I am referring to the astonishing revelation that the Democratic National Committee (aka the DNC) is filing a lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 election.

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Chrystia Freeland to Justin… Would you just shut up about that stuff…

Good work reminding everyone Justin.

Trudeau cites smear campaign against Freeland in justifying banishment of Russian diplomats

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has linked the recent expulsion of four Russian diplomats to last year’s alleged smear campaign directed against Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

He offered it up as evidence of attempts to interfere with democracy in Canada, but stopped short of directly accusing the individuals who have been ordered out of the country.

Also, Trudeau carefully chose not to accuse the government of President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating the sometimes virulent social media campaign against Freeland, which played off historical material that showed her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper in occupied Poland during the Second World War.

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House Intel releases verdict in Russia probe: No collusion

The House Intelligence Committee has released findings from its upcoming report on the Trump-Russia affair — and its main conclusion is that it has discovered no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

“We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” the committee said in a one-page summary of its findings released Monday afternoon.

In addition, the committee took issue with the Intelligence Community assessment of Russian motivations in the 2016 election. The committee agrees with the assessment that the Russians did, in fact, try to interfere — the findings cite “Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions in 2015-2016 and their use of social media to sow discord.” But the committee disagrees with the Intelligence Community judgment that Russian leader Vladimir Putin specifically tried to help Donald Trump win the election.

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Who Believes in Russiagate?

Knowledgeable reporters on the left and right are frightened by the spread of an elite conspiracy theory among American media

Half the country hates Donald Trump, and even the half that thinks he’s doing a good job often flinch from his boorishness, his nasty public attacks, sometimes even on his own aides. For all the top talent he says he’s surrounded himself with, the president repeatedly attracts among the worst that Washington—and New York—have to offer. No doubt that’s one reason why whatever is thrown at him seems to stick.

At the same time, there is a growing consensus among reporters and thinkers on the left and right—especially those who know anything about Russia, the surveillance apparatus, and intelligence bureaucracy—that the Russiagate-collusion theory that was supposed to end Trump’s presidency within six months has sprung more than a few holes. Worse, it has proved to be a cover for U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement bureaucracies to break the law, with what’s left of the press gleefully going along for the ride. Where Watergate was a story about a crime that came to define an entire generation’s oppositional attitude toward politicians and the country’s elite, Russiagate, they argue, has proved itself to be the reverse: It is a device that the American elite is using to define itself against its enemies—the rest of the country.

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‘Hilltendo’ for the win: CNN’s Russian troll hunt digs up goofy Clinton video game

The internet appears largely unimpressed by a meticulous CNN investigation linking Russia to an anti-Hillary Clinton video game that was played an estimated 19,000 times in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.

‘Hilltendo’ is a primitive Flash-based browser game in which the player helps Hillary Clinton delete classified emails and scoop up money from medieval Arab dictatorships. It was developed and marketed by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, the CNN report claims, citing website registration information and evidence gathered on social media.

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Christopher Steele knew Democrats funding Trump dossier before FBI sought FISA warrant

Christopher Steele learned he was being paid by Democrats soon after beginning work on his unverified anti-Trump dossier, a timeline element that may contradict the FBI’s warrant application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

The FBI’s Oct. 21, 2016, application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge said Mr. Steele didn’t know who was paying him, thus giving him the aura of objectivity, but a House Republican intelligence memo shows that he was an acknowledged partisan.

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Chairman Nunes Demands DOJ Investigate Possible FBI Criminal FISA Violations

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes demanded Thursday that the Department of Justice investigate what appears to be clear violations of FBI protocol and possible criminal violations under federal law when the bureau obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveil lance Court to spy on Carter Page. Page was a short-term advisor during President Trump’s 2016 election.

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These provocative images show Russian trolls sought to inflame debate over climate change, fracking and Dakota pipeline

Russian trolls used Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to inflame U.S. political debate over energy policy and climate change, a finding that underscores how the Russian campaign of social media manipulation went beyond the 2016 presidential election, congressional investigators reported Thursday.

The new report from the House Science, Space and Technology Committee includes previously unreleased social media posts that Russians created on such contentious political issues as the Dakota Access pipeline, government efforts to curb global warming and hydraulic fracturing, a gas mining technique often called “fracking.”

h/t Marvin

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