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September 3 2017 9:32 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
“I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected.”

“I know how to play it and we will get this done. Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Mr. Sater wrote in the email. “I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”


- Felix Sater to Michael Cohen Nov. 3, 2015







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Facebook still doesn't know the extent of Russian ad buys in election

"Far less splashy, and far more difficult to trace, was Russia’s experimentation on Facebook and Twitter, the American companies that essentially invented the tools of social media and, in this case, did not stop them from being turned into engines of deception and propaganda.

An investigation by The New York Times, and new research from the cybersecurity firm FireEye, reveals some of the mechanisms by which suspected Russian operators used Twitter and Facebook to spread anti-Clinton messages and promote the hacked material they had leaked. On Wednesday, Facebook officials disclosed that they had shut down several hundred accounts that they believe were created by a Russian company linked to the Kremlin and used to buy $100,000 in ads pushing divisive issues during and after the American election campaign.

On Twitter, as on Facebook, Russian fingerprints are on thousands of fake accounts that regularly posted anti-Clinton messages. Many were automated Twitter accounts, called bots, that sometimes fired off identical messages seconds apart — and in the exact alphabetical order of their made-up names, according to the FireEye researchers. On Election Day, for instance, they found that one group of Twitter bots sent out the hashtag #WarAgainstDemocrats more than 1,700 times.

Russia has been quite open about playing its hacking card. In February last year, at a conference in Moscow, a top cyberintelligence adviser to President Vladimir V. Putin hinted that Russia was about to unleash a devastating information attack on the United States.

“We are living in 1948,” said the adviser, Andrey Krutskikh, referring to the eve of the first Soviet atomic bomb test, in a speech reported by The Washington Post. “I’m warning you: We are at the verge of having something in the information arena that will allow to us to talk to the Americans as equals.”

Mr. Putin’s denials of Russian meddling have been coy. In June, he allowed that “free-spirited” hackers might have awakened in a good mood one day and spontaneously decided to contribute to “the fight against those who say bad things about Russia.” Speaking to NBC News, he rejected the idea that evidence pointed to Russia — while showing a striking familiarity with how cyberattackers might cover their tracks.






In April, Facebook published a public report on information operations using fake accounts. It shied away from naming Russia as the culprit until Wednesday, when the company said it had removed 470 “inauthentic” accounts and pages that were “likely operated out of Russia.” Facebook officials fingered a St. Petersburg company with Kremlin ties called the Internet Research Agency.

Russia deliberately blurs its role in influence operations, American intelligence officials say. Even skilled investigators often cannot be sure if a particular Facebook post or Twitter bot came from Russian intelligence employees, paid “trolls” in Eastern Europe or hackers from Russia’s vast criminal underground. A Russian site called buyaccs.com (“Buy Bulk Accounts at Best Prices”) offers for sale a huge array of pre-existing social media accounts, including on Facebook and Twitter; like wine, the older accounts cost more, because their history makes chicanery harder to spot.

The trail that leads from the Russian operation to the bogus Melvin Redick account, however, is fairly clear. United States intelligence concluded that DCLeaks.com was created in June 2016 by the Russian military intelligence agency G.R.U. The site began publishing an eclectic collection of hacked emails, notably from George Soros, the financier and Democratic donor, as well as a former NATO commander and some Democratic and Republican staffers. Some of the website’s language — calling Mrs. Clinton “President of the Democratic Party” and referring to her “electional staff” — seemed to belie its pose as a forum run by American activists.

DCLeaks would soon be followed by a blog called Guccifer 2.0, which would leave even more clues of its Russian origin. Those sites’ posts, however, would then be dwarfed by those from WikiLeaks, which American officials believe got thousands of Democratic emails from Russian intelligence hackers through an intermediary. At each stage, a chorus of dubious Facebook and Twitter accounts — alongside many legitimate ones — would applaud the leaks.

During its first weeks online, DCLeaks drew no media attention. But The Times found that some Facebook users somehow discovered the new site quickly and began promoting it on June 8. One was the Redick account, which posted about DCLeaks to the Facebook groups “World News Headlines” and “Breaking News — World.”

The Redick profile lists Central High School in Philadelphia and Indiana University of Pennsylvania as his alma maters; neither has any record of his attendance. In one of his photos, this purported Pennsylvania lifer is sitting in a restaurant in Brazil — and in another, his daughter’s bedroom appears to have a Brazilian-style electrical outlet."

Facebook was aware as early as June 2016 that members of a hacking group connected to Russia's military intelligence unit, the GRU, had begun creating fake accounts to amplify stolen emails. The US intelligence community concluded in January 2017 that the social media operation was part of a larger influence campaign by Russia.

The ads and the accounts that bought them were focused primarily on exploiting divisions over issues like race and immigration.

As previously reported, the fake accounts' destabilizing activity did not stop at controversial memes and hashtags — many organized real-life events, rallies, and protests that galvanized dozens of people in states like Texas, Florida, and Idaho. Here's what we know so far about how the Russians used one of the biggest tech companies in the world to energize and influence American voters:

-They organized rallies in several states using Facebook's event tool: Russia-linked Facebook groups like "Heart of Texas" and "SecuredBorders" organized anti-immigrant rallies in Texas and Idaho that turned out dozens of protesters in the months leading up to the election. Another group called "Being Patriotic" organized pro-Trump flash mobs across Florida in August 2016.

-They purchased ads that promoted outsider candidates and exploited racial tensions:The ads boosted Trump, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, and at least one ad centered on the Black Lives Matter movement. A group impersonating a California-based Muslim organization was also set up to push fake stories about Hillary Clinton.

-They created accounts to amplify emails stolen from the DNC: Members of a hacking group connected to Russia's military intelligence unit, the GRU, reportedly created the DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 accounts in June 2016 to help spread emails hacked from Democratic National Committee servers in late 2015.




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The Russian lawyer who met with President Donald Trump's son, son-in-law, and campaign manager in June 2016 was representing a client under scrutiny in an ongoing criminal investigation related to a money-laundering case opened in 2013 by former US Attorney Preet Bharara. The criminal investigation had not yet been publicly disclosed when the newly elected Trump Administration's Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Bharara in March.

Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian prosecutor with ties to the Kremlin, was representing the real-estate company Prevezon Holdings in a civil suit filed by the US government in the Southern District of New York when she visited Trump Tower on June 9, 2016.

Prevezon, which is owned by the son of a powerful Russian government official, was part of a parallel criminal investigation, according to court documents filed late last year. A person familiar with the matter told Business Insider that the criminal case was ongoing, corroborating a Bloomberg report published earlier Friday.

Veselnitskaya has staunchly denied discussing the Prevezon case during the Trump Tower meeting. But the developments suggest the stakes for her client were higher than previously known.

In September 2016, Bharara had issued a grand-jury subpoena to Andrei Alekseevich Pavlov - a person "central to the Government's case against Prevezon," according to an emergency appeal filed at the time by Prevezon counsel Michael Mukasey, who wanted to depose him.

Citigroup, Deutsche Bank AG, UBS AG, and TD Bank were also issued grand-jury subpoenas, according to Bloomberg, which did not provide further details.

Grand-jury testimonies are a key stage in a federal criminal investigation. The subpoena issued by Bharara to Pavlov, and provided to Business Insider on Friday, ordered him to hand over documents related to a series of cases connected to the Prevezon investigation.

The subpoena also asked Pavlov to provide "all non-privileged correspondence" with Veselnitskaya and others relevant to the case.

The government's original civil complaint against Prevezon had laid out a complicated money trail stemming from the Russian Treasury, which prosecutors alleged participated in a $230 million tax-fraud scheme from which Prevezon benefited.

The civil case was abruptly settled three days before it was set to go to trial, which raised questions about whether the Justice Department under the newly elected Trump administration had been subject to any pressure to settle.

Since the revelation of the meeting in Trump Tower when Veselnitskaya promised damaging information about Hilary Clinton, many questions have been raised about who she is and how she quickly acquired her wealth.

In an attempt to understand how the attorney was able to afford millions of dollars of property on a five-figure salary, questions have arisen as to where she got all of her money.

Veselnitskaya, 42, didn’t respond to interview attempts from CNN to confirm her employment details and income,. But according to two separate Russian financial databases (Larix and Cronos), she went from a salary of $1,559 a year in 1993 to earning $53,645 in 2003. But, what sparked the most curiosity was how she bought pricey properties situated a short distance from Vladimir Putin's presidential residence.



In August 2003, before the lion's share of that $53,645 was earned, the Russian land registry shows that Veselnitskaya was somehow able to buy two large plots of land in an elite residential community in the Moscow suburbs -- properties that cannot have been sold for less than $500,000 apiece at the time, according to two Russian brokers with extensive experience selling in that area.

A majority of her 2003 income was made after she bought the property in DSK Riita estimated to be worth $1 million. Three years later, she built a home on the land, which can be seen in a 2015 promotional video for another home in the neighborhood.

"The cost of developing completed houses in that community in 2006 were in the ballpark of $10 to $12 million," Anya Levitov, a Russian broker told CNN.

If Kremlin-connected, Veselnitskaya’s story would not be unusual, as it’s been known for other well-connected figures to have net-worths far above their incomes. Many have what's colloquially known as a krysha, or 'roof' (as in protection) for whom they do favors in return for gifts.

Aside from the mystery of her wealth, other questions about Veselnitskaya’s June 2016 meeting remain unanswered. Last Thursday, Trump, Jr. told the Senate he met with her and three associates linked to Russia in order to assess Clinton’s fitness for office.
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September 17 2017 9:48 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
But, hey.. remember that if we had elected "Killary" we'd be immediately at war with Russia instead of having our election stolen by the Russians for a president who himself , his family, and nearly every member of his campaign and cabinet have lied about their ties to Russians.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers released a batch of Russian-bought Facebook Inc ads on Wednesday that showcased politically charged content allegedly spread on social media by Moscow ahead of the 2016 U.S. election.

Some of the ads criticized candidates, while others sought to organize or promote simultaneous rallies for opposite sides of divisive issues. The sample posted on a House committee website pulled from the roughly 3,000 ads Facebook provided to congressional investigators last month.

Tech companies recently acknowledged that Russia-based content on U.S. politics and social issues like gun rights, immigration, religion and race had spread on their platforms before and after the election.







Some of the ads sampled specifically dealt with the U.S. election and were critical of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. One from an account called “Army of Jesus” said Clinton was supported by evil forces.

“Hillary is a Satan, and her crimes and lies had proved just how evil she is,” the post read. It added that Republican candidate Donald Trump was “an honest man” who “cares deeply for this country.”

Other ads appeared to be aimed at setting up clashes over hot-button issues.

One ad from a group calling itself “Heart of Texas” promoted a rally in Houston on May 21, 2016 to “Stop Islamization” in the U.S. state. Another ad from a separate Facebook page promoted a pro-Islam rally at the same time and venue.







































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