Has the witch hunt actually found something or is this just a big ol’ ‘nothingburger’?
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has announced today that indictments of 13 Russian nationals were handed down for using complex cyber tools to attempt to influence the 2016 election. The Russian actors were using complex system of search engine optimization, as well as virtual private networks (VPNs), and engineers dedicated to data analysis, graphics, and IT in order to ‘influence’ American voters.
On Friday, a D.C. federal grand jury returned an indictment against the Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization which has connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin — it names 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities that accuses them of violating U.S. criminal laws to meddle in U.S. elections and political processes. According to a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, the indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., as well as “three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.”
Soure: CBS News
However, as juicy as this story seems to be in the Media (D), there are still NO TIES TO PRESIDENT TRUMP OR HIS TEAM.
But there are ties to social media networks…
Twitter, PayPal, Google’s YouTube, and Facebook and subsidiary Instagram were among technology tools used by a Russian network of about 80 employees, the indictment said.
The role of social media in the election has been a specter for Silicon Valley, amid growing calls for more regulation around giants like Facebook. The set-up revealed by Friday’s indictment, not unlike a digital media start-up, sheds light on exactly what American technology companies have been up against.
The indictment adds more color to testimony made by technology executives over the past year. Representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google have told Congress that they were taking steps to remove fake accounts and counter propaganda, estimating that millions of people may have been exposed to the Russian content.
Working to ‘counter propaganda,’ you say?
Yeah, not believing that for a second.
That’s because Facebook, ( owns Instagram and that social media network committed to pre-chewing your news for you,) has been censoring the political opponents of Vladimir Putin — at his behest.
Facebook-owned Instagram has taken down posts related to bribery allegations made by Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny against the country’s deputy prime minister.
Navalny, who is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest rival, posted a video on YouTube earlier this month, that showed metals oligarch Oleg Deripaska allegedly meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko on the billionaire’s yacht in Norway.
In the video, Navalny used Instagram posts from a woman called Nastya Rybka, who he claimed to be an escort. Rybka was on the yacht with both Deripaska and Prikhodko. The 25 minute video, which has been watched over 5 million times, claims that bribery took place.
They defended their actions this way:
“When governments believe that something on the internet violates their laws, they may contact companies and ask us to restrict access to that content. We review such requests carefully in light of local laws and where appropriate, we make it unavailable in the relevant country or territory,” an Instagram spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC.
“We are transparent about any content restrictions we make for government requests with local law in our Transparency Report.”
Facebook’s latest transparency report, which covers the period between January and June 2017, shows it restricted 195 pieces of content after requests from Russia.
Nalvany took to Twitter to complain that Instagram had ‘decided to comply with Russian illegal censorship requests.’
.@instagram decided to comply with Russian illegal censorship requests and deleted some content about oligarch Deripaska. Shame on you, @instagram! This content was spotlighted by our corruption investigation https://t.co/Pa4xVQE8MQ
— Alexey Navalny (@navalny) February 15, 2018
Billionaire investor George Soros wrote a piece earlier this week in which he highlighted the danger of “data-rich IT monopolies” forming an alliance with authoritarian states that “may well result in a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even George Orwell could have imagined.”
(Translation: he’s jealous he didn’t think of it first.)
We will point out one little fact that the Left won’t want us to pick up on:
“There is no allegation that any American was a willing participant” in the Russian plan, and there is no allegation that it altered the outcome of the election, Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod J. Rosenstein said in a brief news conference discussing the indictment.
Not to belabor the obvious, but Trump and his team are, in fact, American.
What will CNN have to talk about now that this seems like a dead end?
Who knows? I’m sure they’ll make something up.
What Jim Acosta, Rachel Maddow and the Rest of The Media (D) STILL haven’t figured out yet is why we call them ‘Fake News’.
Let’s spell it out for them. In a shirt.
Because you know they won’t be able to figure it out on their own.
There’s a ladies’ version…
And a men’s version…
The problem isn’t just the lies they tell…
It’s the truth they DON’T tell…
And the opinions laced right through them.
And the best part? This shirt is made in the USA, printed in the USA, on an American-Made t-shirt press!
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