Accuses Russians of Pro-Trump, Anti-Clinton Meddling But; OOOPS,
Clinton Used All of The Same Tactics
ALL OF THE FAKE PROFILES, TROLLS, RALLY CREATIONS AND POLITICAL
FACADES THAT THE SMALL RUSSIAN "ORGANIZATION" USED, CLINTON
OPERATIVES USED TWENTY TIMES LARGER AND SPENT FORTY TIMES MORE ON
THE SAME DIRTY TRICKS
MUELLER RUSSIAN TROLL INDICTMENT EXPOSES THE DETAILS AND HOW-TO
THAT CLINTON ALSO USED TO ATTACK TRUMP
PRO-CLINTON ELON MUSK ALSO USED THE SAME TACTICS TO HYPE HIMSELF
AND ATTACK TRUMP
Russian nationals, 3 entities indicted in sweeping case
media, contacts with campaign and staging rallies
Outlines Election-Meddling Charges Against Russians
AG Rod Rosenstein speaks to reporters about the Russian
Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled the details of a
widespread and coordinated campaign by Russians to influence the
U.S. presidential election in favor ofDonald
Trump, delivering on his initial mandate by the Justice
an indictment announced Friday in Washington, Mueller describes a
years-long, multimillion-dollar conspiracy by hundreds of Russians
aimed at criticizing Hillary Clinton and supporting Senator Bernie
Sanders and Trump. Mueller charged 13 Russian nationals and three
Russian entities and accused them of defrauding the U.S. government
by interfering with the political process.
provided a remarkably detailed picture of how Russians used social
media, fake rallies and secretive operatives in the U.S. to create
“political intensity” by backing radical groups, opposition social
movements and disaffected voters. The outreach from the Russians
included direct contact with over 100 Americans.
“information warfare” by the Russians didn’t affect the outcome of
the presidential election, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
told reporters. Trump and his Republican supporters have repeatedly
denounced the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt” and have
denied any collusion. The indictment cites no instances of Russians
coordinating directly with the Trump campaign.
the accusations detail unprecedented foreign attempts to influence
the outcome of a U.S. election, including the manipulation of
accounts at big U.S. companies like Facebook, Twitter, PayPal and
Instagram. Those companies will continue to face pressure to clamp
down on fraudulent accounts or risk a government crackdown as
intelligence officials have warned that Russians are already engaged
in influencing the 2018 midterm elections.
president has been briefed on the indictment, the White House said.
The Russian government called the accusations absurd. Mueller’s
office said that none of the defendants was in custody.
the 13 people indicted, Mueller announced the Feb. 12 guilty plea of
a California man for identity theft, Richard Pinedo, who is
cooperating with prosecutors. The indictment of Russian individuals
and companies also suggests a broader conspiracy than Mueller
charged, saying grand jurors heard about others involved in the
Painter, who was the chief ethics adviser in the George W. Bush
administration, said the lack of any evidence of collusion in the
indictment wasn’t the final word by prosecutors.
charging what they know,” he said. “The contact with the Trump
campaign might be unwitting in this case, but that doesn’t mean that
the collaboration issue is finished.”
Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization, and the defendants
began working in 2014 to interfere in U.S. elections, according to
the indictment. They used false personas and social media while also
staging political rallies and communicating with “unwitting
individuals” associated with the Trump campaign, it said.
a Feb. 10, 2016, planning memo, the Russians were instructed to “use
any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders
and Trump -- we support them).”
operations also denigrated candidates including Ted Cruz and Marco
Rubio, Trump’s rivals in the 2016 Republican primary, the indictment
efforts included contact with “unwitting” Trump campaign officials,
with the goal of “impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful
government functions” including the election.
group bought advertisements on U.S. social media and created
numerous Twitter accounts designed to appear as if they were U.S.
groups or people, according to the indictment. One fake account,
@TEN_GOP account, attracted more than 100,000 online followers.
Russians tracked the metrics of their effort in reports and budgeted
for their efforts. Some traveled to the U.S. to gather intelligence
for the surreptitious campaign, according to the indictment. They
used stolen U.S. identities, including fake drivers licenses, and
contacted news media outlets to promote their activities.
September 2016, the group ordered one worker to “intensify
criticizing Hillary Clinton” after a review found insufficient
effort went well beyond social media. The Russian effort included
organizing rallies for Trump and paying Americans to participate in
them or perform tasks at them. One American was paid to build a cage
on a flatbed truck; another was paid to portray Clinton in a prison
were promoted with Facebook ads. Paid ads included this one on Oct.
19, 2016: “Hillary is a Satan, and her crimes and lies had proved
just how evil she is.”
the election, the group organized both pro- and anti-Trump rallies,
including a “Trump is NOT my President” rally in New York the week
after the election and one in Charlotte, North Carolina, the
Russian organization had settled on Trump as their favored
candidate by at least April 2016 and began producing and
purchasing ads promoting the reality-TV star to voters and
“expressly opposing Clinton,” according to the indictment.
June 2016, the defendants allegedly posed as grassroots activists
using the account @March_for_Trump to contact a volunteer for the
Trump campaign in New York. The volunteer agreed to provide signs
for their “March for Trump” rally, according to the indictment. By
August, the accused Russians were communicating with unwitting Trump
campaign staff involved in local community outreach to discuss their
fraudulent “Florida Goes Trump” rallies.
years before the election, the Russians began monitoring groups that
use social media sites to influence U.S. politics and social issues,
tracking the size of groups and how popular they were with their
audiences, according to the indictment.
Russians traveled around the U.S. to gather intelligence for their
operation, posing as U.S. political and social activists. They used
clandestine methods to communicate and gather information, employing
special cameras, “drop phones” and “evacuation scenarios” to ensure
Russians set up Facebook and Instagram groups with names that
targeted such issues as immigration, religion and the Black Lives
Matter movement. They also controlled numerous Twitter groups that
appeared to be controlled by U.S. people, such as “Tennessee GOP.”
spent thousands of dollars a month to buy advertisements on social
media groups, while carefully tracking the size of U.S. audiences
they reached, according to the indictment.
of the people and companies charged in Friday’s indictment were
connected in some way to the Internet Research Agency, a company
widely reported to be a front for Russian government influence
campaigns on social media. The company and 12 of its current or
former executives and employees were charged.
also charged Yevgeniy Viktorivich Prigozhin, a Russian restaurateur
and caterer widely known as “Putin’s chef” for hosting his state
dinners with foreign dignitaries, and two of his companies. The
companies, Concord Catering and Concord Management and Consulting,
have Russian government contracts. The special counsel alleges that
they provided the financing for the Internet Research Agency’s
are very impressionable people, they see what they want to see. I
have great respect for them. I’m not at all upset that I ended up on
this list. If they want to see the devil - let them see
it,” Prigozhin told RIA Novosti.
With assistance by Jeffrey Grocott, Erik Larson, Andrew M Harris,
Christian Berthelsen, Tom Schoenberg, Ksenia Galouchko, and Greg