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Russia has become a right wing dictatorship which is solidly racist. It has been since Putin regained power and protected his oligarch buddies.



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Post by RoadScholar » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:28 pm

Not to mention anti-Semitic and homophobic, which gives the American skinheads a boner.


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Post by DejaMoo » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:33 pm

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Not to mention anti-Semitic and homophobic, which gives the American skinheads a boner.
Not just the skinheads. Putin has linked up the christian fundies (not just in the US, but worldwide) with the Russian Orthodox Church, finding common ground in their anti-gay agendas. American fundie leaders have travelled to Russia for symposiums with other religious leaders to work on that and return home with a favorable, pro-Russia-cuz-it-recognizes-homosexuality-is-evil message.

Putin's propaganda tentacles are spread wider and deeper worldwide than most of us realize - but European nations are much more aware of Russia's insidious influence than Americans. And take it much more seriously.

This also explains the periodic pro-Russian comments we've heard over the past several years from birthers, SovCits, religious fundies, and so-called patriots. Their organizations have been infiltrated and put to use as part of Russia's scheme to destabilize the West.



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Post by RoadScholar » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:07 pm

The Parthian Shot of revenge for our destabilizing the USSR?

Jeez, I hope not. Could Trump really be the last American president? :eek2:


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BuzzFeed News
Cracking the Code: He Solved The DNC Hack. Now He's Telling His Story For The First Time.

Less than a year before Marine Corps cyberwarrior Robert Johnston discovered that the Russians had hacked the Democratic National Committee, he found they had launched a similar attack at the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

One late morning in May 2016, the leaders of the Democratic National Committee huddled around a packed conference table and stared at Robert Johnston. The former Marine Corps captain gave his briefing with unemotional military precision, but what he said was so unnerving that a high-level DNC official curled up in a ball on her conference room chair as if watching a horror movie.

At 30, Johnston was already an accomplished digital detective who had just left the military’s elite Cyber Command, where he had helped stanch a Russian hack on the US military’s top leadership. Now, working for a private cybersecurity company, he had to brief the DNC — while it was in the middle of a white-knuckle presidential campaign — about what he’d found in the organization’s computer networks.

Their reaction was “pure shock,” Johnston recalled. “It was their worst day.”

Although the broad outlines of the DNC hack are now well-known, its details have remained mysterious, sparking sharp and persistent questions. How did the DNC miss the hack? Why did a private security consultant, rather than the FBI, examine its servers? And how did the DNC find Johnston’s firm, CrowdStrike, in the first place?

Johnston’s account — told here for the first time, and substantiated in interviews with 15 sources at the FBI, the DNC, and the Defense Department — resolves some of those questions while adding new information about the hack itself.


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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:51 pm

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Top Trump campaign adviser admits he was 'fooled' by a Russian Twitter bot

Brad Parscale, the digital media director for President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, admitted during an interview with Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff that he was duped by a Russian Twitter bot . Parscale, who spoke with Isikoff at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday, was one of several top Trump allies who retweeted messages posted by the Twitter account @TEN_GOP during last year’s campaign. While the account purported to be run by “Tennessee Republicans,” it was recently revealed to have been operated by the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency.

Parscale said the fault lay with Twitter for allowing accounts to obscure their provenance. ...

The message Parscale retweeted read, “Thousands of deplorables chanting to the media: ‘Tell The Truth!’ RT if you are also done w/ biased Media!” Tweets from the @TEN_GOP account were also shared by counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Donald Trump Jr., among others. The Internet Research Agency is a Russian organization that employs trolls who have been identified as a major part of the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere with last year’s election. Parscale is the first Trump campaign official to acknowledge his interactions with the account since the revelations about its Russian roots.

When Isikoff first asked him about his interaction with @TEN_GOP, Parscale said he did not know about its Russian origins. Parscale also defended the substance of the account’s antimedia message.


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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:41 am

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AP Exclusive: Russia Twitter trolls deflected Trump bad news

Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year's presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to an Associated Press analysis of since-deleted accounts.

Tweets by Russia-backed accounts such as "America—1st—" and "BatonRougeVoice" on Oct. 7, 2016, actively pivoted away from news of an audio recording in which Trump made crude comments about groping women, and instead touted damaging emails hacked from Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.

Since early this year, the extent of Russian intrusion to help Trump and hurt Clinton in the election has been the subject of both congressional scrutiny and a criminal investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. In particular, those investigations are looking into the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

AP's analysis illuminates the obvious strategy behind the Russian cyber meddling: swiftly react, distort and distract attention from any negative Trump news.
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The Hill: Russian Twitter trolls diverted attention from Trump's 'Access Hollywood' comments: report


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:22 pm

Addie wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:51 pm
Yahoo News
Top Trump campaign adviser admits he was 'fooled' by a Russian Twitter bot

Brad Parscale, the digital media director for President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, admitted during an interview with Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff that he was duped by a Russian Twitter bot. . .
He pretty much has to say that to avoid incriminating himself. Whether it's true is a different question. I suspect there are many in the Trump orbit (I'm looking at you, Jared) who knew exactly what they were dealing with.



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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:29 pm

Observer OpEd - John Schindler
Spies Suspect Kremlin Is Pushing Dozens of Fake Trump Sex Tapes ...

As many as a dozen intelligence services worldwide, on four continents, are in possession of some sort of “Trump tape” featuring sexual escapades of a controversial nature; in some cases, the women involved appear to be underage. Some of these tapes have been shared with the Mueller investigation.

One Western intelligence agency with a solid professional reputation is in possession of an unpleasant Trump tape that they assess “with high confidence” is bona fide, i.e. exactly what it appears to be. They obtained the tape from a trusted source who plausibly had access to it. Over the decades, Trump has traveled widely—including to Russia more than once—and thereby exposed himself to surreptitious filming in numerous countries.

However, here’s the rub: Many of the “Trump tapes” floating around in spy circles worldwide cannot be verified, while some of them are obvious fakes. The Western spy agency that’s holding a Trump tape they’re pretty sure is real has also been approached two other times with tapes that were less solid—and one of them was transparently fake.

It’s obvious to savvy Western counterspies that someone is spreading fake Trump tapes—not all of them high quality—to muddy the waters. The obvious suspect, of course, is the Kremlin. Since the Russians know all about President Trump’s decades of personal antics, including what kompromat exists on him, they appear to be pushing dubious and unverifiable tapes, some of them obviously fake, to create chaos and confusion.

It’s working, and in the current climate, it seems doubtful that any Trump tape can be verified sufficiently to have a mainstream journalistic outfit report its details. After all, with multiple fakes out there, any bona fide tape would require not just rock-solid technical authentication, but also firming up the exact place and date of the incident, plus confirmation from the girl(s) caught on camera too. That seems like an insurmountably high bar to clear at present.


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Post by Kendra » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:40 pm

Want the peepee tape. Now. :cantlook:



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Post by RoadScholar » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:00 pm

I read that they also made fake HRC sex tapes showing 'her' having sex with a black man.


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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:11 pm

RoadScholar wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:00 pm
I read that they also made fake HRC sex tapes showing 'her' having sex with a black man.
A black man? They couldn't find a 12 year old girl?



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Post by RoadScholar » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:07 pm

:swoon:


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Post by maydijo » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:16 pm

Sugar Magnolia wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:11 pm
RoadScholar wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:00 pm
I read that they also made fake HRC sex tapes showing 'her' having sex with a black man.
A black man? They couldn't find a 12 year old girl?
Given Breitbart's recent tweet that it's perfectly natural and not at all gross to be sexually attracted to girls going through puberty, I think a white woman having sex with a black man may actually be more offensive to these people.



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RoadScholar wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:00 pm
I read that they also made fake HRC sex tapes showing 'her' having sex with a black man.
:twisted: Now it makes sense, that one peculiar question during the HRC Benghazi hearing on the events unfolding: "Were you alone at home at that night ?"



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Post by Addie » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:12 am

The Guardian
Brexit, the ministers, the professor and the spy: how Russia pulls strings in UK

On “or about” 25 April 2016, a member of Donald Trump’s campaign team emailed his line manager with good news. His efforts to make contact with the highest levels of power in Moscow had borne fruit: “The Russian government has an open invitation by Putin for Mr Trump to meet him when he is ready.”

This was George Papadopoulos, a 30-year-old foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign who was arrested by the FBI in July, it was revealed last week, after lying about a series of meetings with a man the FBI described as “a professor based in London”.

The next sentence in his email added a line of explanation: “The advantage of being in London is that these governments tend to speak a bit more openly in ‘neutral cities’.”

The Papadopoulos indictment is a riveting read – a sober, tautly worded document whose contents may have exploded across the news cycle like a dirty bomb, but which sticks to the facts. In doing so, it could provide not just evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Putin regime, but also the first cold, hard evidence of Britain’s central role.

This is a political scandal in which the stakes keep rising. Evidence of Russian influence keeps mounting. And in Britain, hard questions are only just starting to be asked despite the dramatic developments in the US. Last week also saw two US Senate committees hauling Facebook, Google and Twitter before them. Russian-sourced US election ads they had run had been paid for in roubles, a senator pointed out. Why didn’t Facebook spot that?


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CIA director stands by intel community assessment Russia meddled in election

Washington (CNN)CIA Director Mike Pompeo stands by US intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, the agency said Saturday, despite President Donald Trump saying he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says his country didn't interfere.

"The Director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections," the CIA said in a statement when asked for reaction to the president's remarks. "The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed." ...

While describing his relationship with Putin and the ongoing investigations into 2016 meddling, Trump seemed to indicate to reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday that he trusts Putin's denials more than the comments of former intelligence officials, like former high-ranking intelligence officials James Comey, John Brennan and James Clapper.

"I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks," Trump said. "So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them."
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The Hill: Sally Yates: Trump is 'shamelessly unpatriotic' for Russian election meddling comments
Business Insider: Trump clarifies remarks on Putin and Russian meddling, says he believes US intelligence agencies


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"I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks," Trump said. "So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them."
Putin's such a sweetie, and that Comey is a proven liar. C'mon people!



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:19 pm

pipistrelle wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:53 pm
"I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks," Trump said. "So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them."
Putin's such a sweetie, and that Comey is a proven liar. C'mon people!
"Political hacks"? Trump is going for the low blow here. What DOES Putin have hanging over Trump's head or pulling him by the short hairs? Money owed? Pee-pee tapes? Hours of video and audio recordings of Trump saying treasonous things about the U.S.? :confused:


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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:19 pm
What DOES Putin have hanging over Trump's head or pulling him by the short hairs? Money owed? Pee-pee tapes? Hours of video and audio recordings of Trump saying treasonous things about the U.S.? :confused:
Probably a little bit of all of the above. And we still haven't heard why Trump just blew off the Russian sanctions deadline or when that may be corrected. :madguy:


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Trump did not say he believes US intelligence. If you listen he very carefully qualifies and says that he has trust in the current leadership of intelligence. He did not walk back his most recent statement about belief in Putin. He is a very dangerous political hack. And Republican voters don't need any more encouragement to think in terms of Republican good/Democrat bad. This man is going to be a thorn in our side until he's dead. He will be worse out of office than in office because he will continue to constantly meddle in politics and maybe even travel and interfere in US relationships with fringe leaders.


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:00 pm

Looks like Don, Jr. is one of the colluders/co-conspirators: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/ar ... ks/545738/

Mueller is probably weeks or months ahead of The Atlantic. I sure hope Don, Jr. lied his ass off when Mueller's people interviewed him.

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BuzzFeed News
Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments "To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016”

On Aug. 3 of last year, just as the US presidential election was entering its final, heated phase, the Russian foreign ministry sent nearly $30,000 to its embassy in Washington. The wire transfer, which came from a Kremlin-backed Russian bank, landed in one of the embassy’s Citibank accounts and contained a remarkable memo line: “to finance election campaign of 2016.”

That wire transfer is one of more than 60 now being scrutinized by the FBI and other federal agencies investigating Russian involvement in the US election. The transactions, which moved through Citibank accounts and totaled more than $380,000, each came from the Russian foreign ministry and most contained a memo line referencing the financing of the 2016 election.

The money wound up at Russian embassies in almost 60 countries from Afghanistan to Nigeria between Aug. 3 and Sept. 20, 2016. It is not clear how the funds were used. At least one transaction that came into the US originated with VTB Bank, a financial institution that is majority-owned by the Kremlin. ...

One FBI special agent said the transfers are critical for the bureau and lawmakers investigating Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election. He said even if there is a logical explanation for the suspicious wire transactions the FBI has to investigate what the money was used for.

“We had an election and the intelligence community concluded Russia interfered in it,” said the FBI agent. “How could we not investigate a suspicious financial transaction that contained a memo that said, ‘finance election campaign 2016?’ Given the climate and what was in that memo line it would be very irresponsible for us not to investigate. It’s a good lead.”
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Business Insider - Natasha Bertrand: The FBI is examining why Russia transferred nearly $400,000 to its embassies 'to finance' the 'election campaign of 2016'


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