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FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites
McClatchy DC Bureau ^

Posted on 03/20/2017 8:23:45 PM PDT by TigerClaws

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. 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.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: breitbart; fakenews; infowars; rightnews; socialmedia
Google, Twitter, and Facebook were all completely in the tank for Obama and Hillary.

Searches on Google were skewered for the Dems - who let them pay zero in taxes.

The FBI is using taxpayer research to investigate who? Fox News? They weren't Trump fans.

Free Republic?

Trump was ridiculed mercilessly when he said he might question the election results. Now the MSM is questioning the results and the First Amendment.

They have really lost their minds.

Twitter would kill any pro-Trump tweet from trending.

Facebook deep sixed stories that were pro-Trump and highlighted Trump bashing.

Any of that worthy of investigation?

1 posted on 03/20/2017 8:23:45 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

Related...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3536517/posts


2 posted on 03/20/2017 8:26:13 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (MAGA!!!)
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To: TigerClaws

So no inquiry of Saudi or Muslim brotherhood influence with the Clinton Foundation? FBI is such a joke.


3 posted on 03/20/2017 8:26:39 PM PDT by boycott
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; moder_ator

Thanks. Didn’t spot it.

Moderator — pull the thread. Already posted.


4 posted on 03/20/2017 8:28:23 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

Time-Lies-Warner-Turner-CNN should be charged with rigging the election with rigged debates.


5 posted on 03/20/2017 8:30:06 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (patriots win, Communists and Socialist Just-Us Warriors lose)
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To: TigerClaws

They’re actually claiming that Russian bots worked with Info wars and Breitbart etc to push pro Trump stories which didn’t allow voters to read all the great anti Trump stories at CNN HuffPo Buzzfeed etc.

These people have gone totally insane.


6 posted on 03/20/2017 8:31:31 PM PDT by nhwingut (Trump Pence 16 - Blow Up DC)
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To: TigerClaws
Right wing bots? You have to be shitting me. The left wing Trolls and their bots are Huge. Since Trump's election there are a number of Bots who appear to be Trump supporters, but aren't. If you look at their tweets, following, followers it becomes apparent.

This blows me away:

“This may be one of the most highly impactful information operations in the history of intelligence,” said one former U.S. intelligence official

Pure horse pucky. Total nonsense. Hell 50% of twitter is phony crap. Most of it Leftist. Paid Leftists.

7 posted on 03/20/2017 8:32:03 PM PDT by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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To: nhwingut

These people have gone totally insane.


Yep. Never thought I would see a Democratic Party red scare. But here we are.


8 posted on 03/20/2017 8:33:21 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Texas Fossil

Agree.


9 posted on 03/20/2017 8:33:42 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (****happy dance**** BIGLY!!!! Shadilay!)
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To: TigerClaws

This is aimed squarely at the Chans and to a lesser extent The_Donald.


10 posted on 03/20/2017 8:34:22 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: lodi90

You can’t have a red scare without the red. They might as well be freaking out about campaigns having contact with Luxembourg. The whole thing is retarded.


11 posted on 03/20/2017 8:38:09 PM PDT by The Toll
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I think the FBI’s budget is way too big if it can continue to investigate garbage like this. I think firing Comey would be a good place to start...


12 posted on 03/20/2017 8:38:28 PM PDT by Smittie (Just like an alien I'm a stranger in a strange land)
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To: TigerClaws

Still no plans to “probe” any FAR-LEFT sites though, huh? I don’t blame them. They’d probably pick up some bad STDs.


13 posted on 03/20/2017 8:39:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I tried being reasonable, I didn't like it. - Clint Eastwood)
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To: Texas Fossil

Everybody thought Hildabeast was going to win. No way Putin actively campaigned against her and risked the near certain wrath of a POTUS. Putin is a poop stirrer. He likes to keep his adversaries occupied and off balance. At most that is what went on. He wasn’t campaigning for Trump. LOL.


14 posted on 03/20/2017 8:40:18 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: TigerClaws

“. . . two people familiar with the inquiry say.”

The fake news leaks are back.


15 posted on 03/20/2017 8:44:30 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: TigerClaws; jimrob

If Free Republic did not make the list I feel cheated!


16 posted on 03/20/2017 8:46:35 PM PDT by cpdiii
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To: TigerClaws

Are these the same folks that told the New York Times that Trump was wiretapped?


17 posted on 03/20/2017 8:51:43 PM PDT by petitfour (Appeal to Heaven)
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To: TigerClaws

This is getting really wacky, and it’s obvious the FBI plans to keep this going through 2018 and 2020. Now pro Trump internet stories are being treated as part of a Russian plot and so we are going to have those stories suppressed in the next election?


18 posted on 03/20/2017 8:56:20 PM PDT by Williams (Stop tolerating the intolerant.)
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To: lodi90

No, Putin loathed Hillary because she and Obozo tried to remove Assad with Al Qaeda and ISIS elements for 6 years.

No, Assad is not a good man. But what they wanted to replace him with was hideous

And they took Saudi money to do it.

So far, Trump is focused on ending ISIS and it will be done.

Will Putin help? I think he has and will. Yes he did focus more on the CIA’s insane collection of jihadists.


19 posted on 03/20/2017 8:57:39 PM PDT by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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To: TigerClaws

Using tax dollars to instigate a partisan witch-hunt.

No wonder the fake news media is cheering from the rafters.

Over a nothing-burger.


20 posted on 03/20/2017 8:58:37 PM PDT by goldstategop ((In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever))
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To: Texas Fossil

No, Putin loathed Hillary because she and Obozo tried to remove Assad with Al Qaeda and ISIS elements for 6 years.


I’m not buying that. The Democratic Party has decimated our military and presided over the near collapse of NATO. Why wouldn’t Putin want more of that? He certainly can’t be excited about Trump’s 350 ship US Navy.


21 posted on 03/20/2017 9:02:06 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: lodi90

You can buy whatever you want.

I have my opinions I have acquired over the past 8 years about Obozo and his minions.

I’m not at all worried about Trump. Nor about Rex Tillerson or General Mattis.

And I don’t think any of the 3 fear Putin. Yes Putin is a good chess player.

But Trump is too.


22 posted on 03/20/2017 9:09:18 PM PDT by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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To: nhwingut

Typically, the FBI investigates you if there are laws broken. What laws has congress ever written....out of millions of lines of text....to govern ‘bots’? I don’t think there is a single one. What laws exist to govern news in general? I don’t know of a single line of text over news.

It seems to be the most highly created investigation ever...going to a dead-end before you even start it.


23 posted on 03/20/2017 9:14:15 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: TigerClaws

This whole Russian thing is a total snore.


24 posted on 03/20/2017 9:25:34 PM PDT by Slyfox (Where's Reagan when we need him? Look in the mirror - the spirit of The Gipper lives within you.)
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To: TigerClaws

What they are really mad at was that Russia decided to do their own lobbying rather than pay US lobbyists to do their spinning for them.


25 posted on 03/20/2017 9:26:57 PM PDT by piasa
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To: TigerClaws

Search is your friend


26 posted on 03/20/2017 9:50:23 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: All

“Okay, right wing bots, listen up, this is Vlad ... I want you to spread this false news — there is global warming and you should pay extra taxes to end it.”

“Erm what?”

“Oh sorry, opened the wrong file. My bad.”


27 posted on 03/20/2017 10:52:41 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (Listen for my radio call-in program on channel A in your brain, yes caller ... I'm listening)
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To: TigerClaws

**** Moderator — pull the thread. Already posted. ****


Why...1st time I’ve seen it.


28 posted on 03/20/2017 10:56:16 PM PDT by Valk Rider
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To: TigerClaws

Well said! They can’t understand how Trump won after there was coordinated effort on social media to squash pro-Trump information.

So, now they have to figure out how any of it got through? They have truly lost their minds.


29 posted on 03/20/2017 11:17:06 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: TigerClaws

McClatchy is not to be trusted. Always on the Left, now a conspiracy news service. Gee, they and Alex Jones have a lot in common.

This article is also an insult to the tens of millions of American citizens who made up their own minds that Obama was a traitorous SOB, Hillary was a crook, Benghazi incompetent and greedy sell-out to the Russians (uranium ore mine deal), and that the Democrats were the closest thing to a new Communist Party in recent American politics.

Bots, Trots, Trolls, Polls = Bullshit on a stick.

If the CIA and FBI were so great, they would have picked up on this “charge” of Russian interference years ago, say in 2008 with Obama’s original campaign and his communist advisors and supporters (Dr. Quentin Young, Bill Ayers, the Palmers, or even his older CP/Marxist contacts from the 60’s (Frank Marshall Davis, David Simon Canter, perhaps Don Rose and Saul Alinksy).

Soviet-directed propaganda was aimed at Barry Goldwater in his 1964 presidential nomination race, portraying him as a crazy nuclear-gun slinging cowboy who would start WW III.

The Soviets/Communists have ALWAYS interference in the elections of other nations, esp. Greece, Italy, France (the Communist Party of France was a KGB asset, period), Portugal, England (the Labor Party was full of Soviet assets, as was the Miners Union and the CND (funded by Moscow and its peace fronts).

W. German premier Willi Brandt’s personal secretary was a KGB/Stasi agent named Guillaume.

Members of our Senate Select Committee on Intelligence or one of a similar name had East German (American) agents on it. A Hanoi propagandist worked for two U.S. representatives and Sen. John F. Kerry before being exposed (several times). A topCuban sympathizer worked for Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and members of the CPUSA worked for Rep. George Crockett Jr and possibly old Mr. Red himself, Rep. John Conyers. Rep. Ron Dellums’ aide Carliotta Scott was his illegal conduit to Marxist dictator Maurice Bishop (she was also his lover according to captured letters found during the 1983 Grenada operation). The wife of the Cuban DGI leader on Grenada, Gail Reed, was an American communist prominent in the DGI/KGB-created/often trained Venceremos Brigade.

And Ted Kennedy had several contacts with KGB/CPUSA operations/fronts such as the “Congressional Conference on Cuba”, the 1983 letters to the Soviets via former dumbo Senator John Tunney (D-CA), and was on a Soviet “influence” list sent by the FBI to John Dean (It is reproduced en toto at www.keywiki.org, search for Ted Kennedy. It should be there with all the names of Soviet targets on that one listing.

If the Russian “interfered” in this past election, you have to ask “why” and in whose “favor”. It certainly wouldn’t have been Don Trump. While Hillary was a fool and an incompetent leader, she could have been the Russian’s “Fool and Incompetent” leader if elected.

She was ambitious, greedy, and blind to reality so she would have been the perfect Soviet/Russian dupe. The KGBSVB would run rings around her without her ever knowing it.

That is what needs to be looked into.


30 posted on 03/21/2017 12:25:12 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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