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FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites
McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | March 20, 2017 | BY PETER STONE AND GREG GORDON

Posted on 03/20/2017 4:01:09 PM PDT by b4its2late

WASHINGTON Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.

Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is accused by the FBI of ordering a campaign intended to influence the U.S. election. Russian President Vladimir Putin is accused by the FBI of ordering a campaign intended to influence the U.S. election. Mikhail Klimentyev AP The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. Some of the stories were false or mixed fact and fiction, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence last year’s elections.

Investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives. Their participation, however, wasn’t necessary for the bots to amplify their news through Twitter and Facebook.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article139695453.html#storylink=cpy

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: election2016; freepers; infowars; rightnews; rt; russia; russiaprobe; russiatoday; sputniknews
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Ruh Roh! LOL
1 posted on 03/20/2017 4:01:09 PM PDT by b4its2late
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To: b4its2late

What the eff is all this sh##? What’s next, a knock on our doors in the middle of the night?


2 posted on 03/20/2017 4:05:00 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Happy days are here again, with Trump/Pence!)
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To: b4its2late

Gosh I WONDER if WE will be looked at, huh.


3 posted on 03/20/2017 4:05:04 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: b4its2late

Must be they have never heard of the Journalist members, slate, Huff.Post, Compost, NY Slimes, NPR,CNN, MSNBC etc.

These freaks are brain dead!


4 posted on 03/20/2017 4:06:08 PM PDT by VRWCarea51 (The Original 1998 Version)
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To: b4its2late

Today, MID-broadcast it came out the NSA has been monitoring Michael Savage since 2004.


5 posted on 03/20/2017 4:06:17 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: b4its2late

“far right news sites”...

...Which in reality are more centrist than they are of the “far right”.


6 posted on 03/20/2017 4:06:46 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: VRWCarea51

Got that right.


7 posted on 03/20/2017 4:07:19 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Ciexyz

No kidding.


8 posted on 03/20/2017 4:07:44 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: gaijin

Lol. Ya think?


9 posted on 03/20/2017 4:08:12 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: equaviator

Exactly.


10 posted on 03/20/2017 4:08:43 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: b4its2late

No doubt whatsoever that FR is being looked at..especially anyone who has ever said anything favorable about Putin


11 posted on 03/20/2017 4:09:46 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: equaviator

And for the most part we just post what we find already out there, and comment our butts off.


12 posted on 03/20/2017 4:10:59 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: b4its2late

The CIA water carriers are going full retard.


13 posted on 03/20/2017 4:11:11 PM PDT by Stentor (A day without illegals is like a day without food poisoning.--Salamander)
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To: b4its2late

What did Tim Allen say about today is like Nazi Germany in Hollywood.

Make that anywhere that someone is a conservative.

Lord help us when people who admit they are commies actually come after people who are conversative because the commmies say we are commies. what a f’ed up world


14 posted on 03/20/2017 4:11:29 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Ciexyz

“What’s next, a knock on our doors in the middle of the night?”

The Nazi Gestapo knocked on doors in the middle of the night. Even they had their limits.

American law enforcement kicks in doors, shoots the dogs, and then makes up reasons why they raided the wrong house.

Meaning that if they come looking for us there’s a good chance they’ll kill your Democrat neighbors first.


15 posted on 03/20/2017 4:11:45 PM PDT by MeganC (Democrat by birth, Republican by default, conservative by principle.)
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To: RummyChick

Right


16 posted on 03/20/2017 4:12:13 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: RummyChick
No doubt whatsoever that FR is being looked at..especially anyone who has ever said anything favorable about Putin

I understand that The Putin is a good dancer.

17 posted on 03/20/2017 4:14:49 PM PDT by Stentor (A day without illegals is like a day without food poisoning.--Salamander)
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To: b4its2late

Riiiiggghtt. As if the Left doesn’t do this all. The. Time. They got their asses handed to them and some of their routine tricks backfired and/or were used against them. And now they whine? How are they so sure such things exist? They seem awfully informed on the use of bots, etc....


18 posted on 03/20/2017 4:16:16 PM PDT by SueRae (An administration like no other.)
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To: Stentor

And when you compare Putin to Obama he wins in manliness as well.


19 posted on 03/20/2017 4:16:37 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: b4its2late

President Obama tells Donald Trump to ‘stop whining’ about a rigged election

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-trump-stop-whining-rigged-election-article-1.2835305


20 posted on 03/20/2017 4:18:03 PM PDT by McGruff (#PlugTheLeaks)
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The establishment is showing thier hand, they are going refuse to investigate obma or hillary and they will make up , spoof evidence , and innuendo that trump is a traitor . ...
21 posted on 03/20/2017 4:19:44 PM PDT by seastay
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To: b4its2late

And I thought some of us wore tinfoil hats. I was on those threads on Twitter, there’d be a wikileaks release and the corruption would speak for itself.


22 posted on 03/20/2017 4:20:33 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown
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To: b4its2late

And the focus is entirely on one side of the spectrum. I wonder how many members of the GOPe are fully in favor of this and hope to bring down Trump and permanently destroy the conservative movement? The uniparty got a nasty surprise in November and don’t intend to give up. They are in a duel to the death and intend to reverse the effects of the election if they can.


23 posted on 03/20/2017 4:20:52 PM PDT by Truth29
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This is true government censorship.

The American Oligarchy has almost passed the point of no return.


24 posted on 03/20/2017 4:21:44 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: b4its2late

Where are your papers posts.

25 posted on 03/20/2017 4:22:20 PM PDT by McGruff (#PlugTheLeaks)
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To: b4its2late

Yeah, I was wondering what was going on. Comey called me yesterday asking if there’s anything to the truth that Russians are influencing my FR posts and I had to put him on hold because Vlad was on the other line with a fresh set of knock-knock jokes. They’re a lot better in Russian.


26 posted on 03/20/2017 4:23:11 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: RummyChick

Okay..so what should I say to the Nazi Commie Libs who want to find out if I am a Commie.

First, give me a minute while I try to stop laughing.

Second, shouldn’t you be asking people like Maxine Waters, Van Jones, etc.

Third, Never met a Russian, never communicated to a Russian, never been to Russia, will probably never go to Russia..but damn..I thought at least in the US I wouldn’t get Putinized over free thought. Are you going to put us in jail like those girls from Pussy Riot?

Will there be concentration camps for conservatives a la Nazi Germany?


27 posted on 03/20/2017 4:23:52 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: b4its2late

Free Republic.com will probably be one of the sites looked at.


28 posted on 03/20/2017 4:24:23 PM PDT by sport
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Today, MID-broadcast it came out the NSA has been monitoring Michael Savage since 2004.

So FedGov didn't have anything more pressing to worry about than Michael Savage or Donald Trump? Good thing there wasn't a war on terror going on back in '04.

Honestly, how in the F can this be countenanced? What the hell good did all this effort do? What was it even EXPECTED to do? Ensure the right elected officials and bureaucrats kept the gravy spigot open? Are we now supposed to shut up and eat our peas ONCE again because the wizards of smart and their spooks can't manage to find Islamic terrorist ass with the full weight of the surveillance state, but they can eavesdrop on any citizen they don't agree with or particularly like? Unreal.

Mr. niteowl77

29 posted on 03/20/2017 4:25:12 PM PDT by niteowl77
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To: b4its2late
appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories...

Strangely enough, that's exactly what I did. Does that make me a Tater Bot?
30 posted on 03/20/2017 4:25:43 PM PDT by Garth Tater (What's mine is mine.)
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To: b4its2late; All

This is ABSOLUTE DESPERATION from the Globalists.

They continue their WITCH HUNT and IGNORE the CRIMES OF HILLARY.

Remeber it was Hillary that was f

1) Funded by Saudi Arabia and the Commmunist Chinese.

2) Lied to the FBI

3) Destroyed her Cell Phones

4) . Had multiple remote Servers with Top Secret and above in it.

Everything the Globalists are projecting on to President Trump is what they are.


31 posted on 03/20/2017 4:28:27 PM PDT by Enlightened1
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To: b4its2late

Yeah, we don’t make the news here, and a lot of the time we’re just saying “piss on it”.


32 posted on 03/20/2017 4:29:18 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: DaxtonBrown

For sure. No bots needed.


33 posted on 03/20/2017 4:31:18 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: b4its2late

Gee, don’t investigate the newspapers and their reporters who regularly sent their articles to the Clinton campaign to get approval to publish them. Like that’s not interfering with an election is it?


34 posted on 03/20/2017 4:33:21 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: b4its2late

WaPo
NYT
McClatchy
Reuters
ABC
NBC
CBS
PBS
And on
And on
And on

So FINALLY there is an alternative media, and the whole Industrial/Government/Press complex goes wild!


35 posted on 03/20/2017 4:42:35 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The Washington Post is Jeff Bezos' Fake News unregulated SuperPAC.)
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Sites?

You mean there's another?

36 posted on 03/20/2017 4:47:58 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: gaijin

Hey Comey. If your reading this, you need to be fired by Trump. IMHO you’re either a total moron or actively covering up the Clinton and Obama corruption and abuse of power.


37 posted on 03/20/2017 4:58:14 PM PDT by GOPe Means Bend Over Spell Run (GO GALT - VOTE TRUMP!!!)
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And when you compare Putin to Obama he wins in manliness as well.

That's damning with faint praise. Sneaky way to get yourself off the black bag list. ;>

38 posted on 03/20/2017 5:01:26 PM PDT by Stentor (A day without illegals is like a day without food poisoning.--Salamander)
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To: mass55th; LucyT; 2ndDivisionVet; appalachian_dweller; aragorn; Arthur Wildfire! March; ASA Vet; ...

PING!!!

Investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives.

Article and comments, esp #24, #28, #31, #34

- This is true government censorship.

- The American Oligarchy has almost passed the point of no return.

- Free Republic.com will probably be one of the sites looked at.

- This is ABSOLUTE DESPERATION from the Globalists.

They continue their WITCH HUNT and IGNORE the CRIMES OF HILLARY.

- Gee, don’t investigate the newspapers and their reporters who regularly sent their articles to the Clinton campaign to get approval to publish them. Like that’s not interfering with an election is it?


39 posted on 03/20/2017 5:05:51 PM PDT by Whenifhow (when, if and how will Obama be gone?)
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To: sport

Since Clinton days at the very least. Never forget the FBI’s obsequious submission to the Clintons in Filegate.

Never forget that.


40 posted on 03/20/2017 5:42:02 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Ace McCain, the Songbird. Nearly sank an aircraft carrier all alone, now tender midwife to ISIS.)
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...as an example, bots had spread links to fictional stories that accused Clinton of involvement in running a child-sex ring in the basement of a Washington pizza parlor...

Ok people, no more #PizzaGate posts.


41 posted on 03/20/2017 5:45:29 PM PDT by McGruff (#PlugTheLeaks)
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Non-Operation-Mockingbird news outlets bump for later...


42 posted on 03/20/2017 5:46:22 PM PDT by indthkr
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i know i’ll get flamed but it looks like Trump can’t drain the CIA,NSA,FBI swamp now without looking like hes covering up the investigations. I think he should have started on the commies at the CIA, NSA, FBI and most of the federal law enforcement. they ain’t doin their jobs.


43 posted on 03/20/2017 6:06:59 PM PDT by kvanbrunt2 (all your base are belong to us)
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Das vedanya to the Jim Robinsky for influencing vote. Blinis and vodka on the house!


44 posted on 03/20/2017 6:09:46 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Stentor

I hear Putin better lover than topless guy on SNL who plays Putin.


45 posted on 03/20/2017 6:11:43 PM PDT by Yaelle
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I hear Putin better lover than topless guy on SNL who plays Putin.

There's everything about that concept that neither my mind nor stomach will entertain.

46 posted on 03/20/2017 6:18:52 PM PDT by Stentor (A day without illegals is like a day without food poisoning.--Salamander)
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To: b4its2late

Chock full of lies and the Big Lie, but one thing stands out:

They are going forward with the planned coup.


47 posted on 03/20/2017 6:35:16 PM PDT by cmj328 (We live here.)
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Same timeline as Trump and Alex Jones. Was this also the Hammer dragnet?

Mid-broadcast on Savage’s show?


48 posted on 03/20/2017 7:32:07 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: RummyChick

FR posts/comments come up in Google searches for phrases/keywords.


49 posted on 03/20/2017 7:33:42 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Ciexyz

Whatever was Trump thinking—and who convinced him?—to keep Comey in place?


50 posted on 03/20/2017 7:35:57 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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