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Right-wing sites Breitbart, Infowars also being investigated by FBI for collusion with Russia

Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:19 am

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.

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.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article139695453.html

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:48 pm

Standard investigative technique.  When you are looking into a conspiracy--and that is what the Russian collusion is--you want to know who all is involved.  How wide is it?  So you follow all entailments even remotely implied or suggested by the facts.  Any overlapping stories?  Any unique timing cues?  Common persons?  Overlapping sources?  Communications or common meetings? And so forth...

Investigating a conspiracy is like three-dimensional chess.  Everything is compounded.  It's not like a bank robbery, with person, place and action.  Very often you've got to draw a map, and follow a time-line.

And this one is international in scope.  Some of the participants are not even subject to US jurisdiction, but nevertheless they are players who fit into the game.  You've got to know about them and trace their doings and whereabouts.

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Post by eddie on Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:22 pm

Infowars has been getting worse with its propaganda lately.

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Post by Tommy Monk on Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:54 pm

Yawn...

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:26 pm

eddie wrote:Infowars has been getting worse with its propaganda lately.

Gotta link? Jone's all over the place.

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