Yet more proof that everything that the US political and media establishment have been claiming for the last years that Russia did during the 2016 Presidential Election, but failed to produce any evidence of – has actually been carried out by Democratic Party operatives. This includes creating fake ‘Russian bot’ accounts and associating these with a Republican candidate in order to give the false impression to voters and media that the candidate was ‘backed by Putin.’ This fraudulent campaign was then supported by a series of fabricated ‘Russian influence’ stories planted throughout the US media.
The election race in question was certainly a close one, the 2017 US Senate special election in Alabama to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In the end, Republic favorite Roy Moore was edged-out by Democrat Doug Jones, but only after after a sustained disinformation campaign which we can now reveal was waged with the backing of a number of Democratic Party and ‘deep state’ entities, including billionaire Silicon Valley and party donor Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn.
Interestingly, CNN and other partisan media outlets had amble opportunity to report on this story, but chose not to allow their audiences to know about it. Considering this scandal’s direct relevance to the Russiagate theme, the media’s spiking of this story demonstrates how media outlets like CNN are not fit for purpose when it comes to providing a public service. Within this Alabama election meddling operation, we can clearly see a real election fraud scheme taking place – as opposed to the non-existent Trump-Russian collusion canard which Robert Mueller’s “Special Counsel” has been pursuing for two years.
Just like the recent disclosure of UK government-funded disinformation and propaganda operation known as the Integrity Initiative, this latest US story proves beyond any reasonable doubt that there is an unelected and completely unaccountable (and very partisan) Deep State network which runs through Official Washington’s political. media, bureaucratic, military, intelligence and third sector think tank and NGO sectors.
Watch this brief video summary of this scandal:
Dan Cohen reports on the firm New Knowledge was revealed in a leaked report to be assisting in leading a digital messaging campaign to influence the outcome of the Alabama Senate race and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman’s involvement in the disinformation campaign.
RT International provides an in-depth analysis of this Democratic Party-linked election fraud operation…
US cyber-security experts have blamed Russia for meddling in American elections since 2016. Now it has emerged that authors of a Senate report on ‘Russian’ meddling actually ran a “false flag” meddling operation themselves.
A week before Christmas, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report accusing Russia of depressing Democrat voter turnout by targeting African-Americans on social media. Its authors, New Knowledge, quickly became a household name.
Described by the New York Times as a group of “tech specialists who lean Democratic,” New Knowledge has ties to both the US military and intelligence agencies. Its CEO and co-founder Jonathon Morgan previously worked for DARPA, the US military’s advanced research agency. His partner, Ryan Fox, is a 15-year veteran of the National Security Agency who also worked as a computer analyst for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Their unique skill sets have managed to attract the eye of investors, who pumped $11 million into the company in 2018 alone.
Morgan and Fox have struck gold in the “Russiagate” racket, which sprung into being after Hillary Clinton blamed Moscow for Donald Trump’s presidential victory in 2016. Morgan, for example, is one of the developers of the Hamilton 68 Dashboard, the online tool that purports to monitor and expose narratives being pushed by the Kremlin on Twitter. The dashboard is bankrolled by the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy – a collection of Democrats and neoconservatives funded in part by NATO and USAID.
It is worth noting that the 600 “Russia-linked” Twitter accounts monitored by the dashboard are not disclosed to the public, making it impossible to verify its claims. This inconvenience has not stopped Hamilton 68 from becoming a go-to source for hysteria-hungry journalists, however.
With an open mind, please read @MZHemingway on how the US media’s mindless, shocking acceptance of every claim from “Hamilton68” – a group formed by Bill Kristol, CIA officials & various neocons – has deceived millions w/false stories. It’s a scandal https://t.co/Gn6w398cVA
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 22, 2018
Troll hunters or bot farm?
New Knowledge’s victory lap was short-lived. On December 19, a New York Times story revealed that Morgan and his crew had created a fake army of Russian bots, as well as fake Facebook groups, in order to discredit Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama’s 2017 special election for the US Senate.
Working on behalf of the Democrats, Morgan and his crew created an estimated 1,000 fake Twitter accounts with Russian names, and had them follow Moore. They also operated several Facebook pages where they posed as Alabama conservatives who wanted like-minded voters to support a write-in candidate instead.
In an internal memo, New Knowledge boasted that it had “orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.”
It worked. The botnet claim made a splash on social media and was further amplified by Mother Jones, which based its story on expert opinion from Morgan’s other dubious creation, Hamilton 68.
— Jonathon Morgan (@jonathonmorgan) November 10, 2017
Ultimately, Moore ended up losing the race by a miniscule 1.5 percentage points – making his opponent Doug Jones the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the US Senate in over 25 years.
Money trail and weak apologies
Things got even weirder when it turned out that Scott Shane, the author of the Times piece, had known about the meddling for months, because he spoke at an event where the organizers boasted about it!
Shane was one of the speakers at a meeting in September, organized by American Engagement Technologies, a group run by Mikey Dickerson, President Barack Obama’s former tech czar. Dickerson explained how AET spent $100,000 on New Knowledge’s campaign to suppress Republican votes, “enrage” Democrats to boost turnout, and execute a “false flag” to hurt Moore. He dubbed it “Project Birmingham.”
Here’s @reidhoffman‘s full apology and disavowal of the @NewKnowledgeAI “false flag operation”. https://t.co/tFTOVMWalv doesn’t say anything about disciplining/firing his employee Sara K. Hudson who participated in the operation. https://t.co/lbK5gxBzTi pic.twitter.com/jihMwxvTgU
— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) December 27, 2018
This gets even weirder: NYT reporter @ScottShaneNYT, who broke the Alabama disinfo op story, learned of it in early September when he spoke at an off-the-record event organized by one of the firms that perpetrated the deception https://t.co/gIAytOh2yy
— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) December 28, 2018
The money for the venture came from a $750,000 contribution to AET by Reid Hoffman, the billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn and a big Democrat donor. Once that emerged, Hoffman offered a public apology for his connection to the shady operation, but insisted that he didn’t know what his money was going towards.
“I find the tactics that have been recently reported highly disturbing,” Hoffman said in a statement.
“For that reason, I am embarrassed by my failure to track AET — the organization I did support — more diligently as it made its own decisions to perhaps fund projects that I would reject.”
As for Shane, he told BuzzFeed that he was “shocked” by the revelations, but had signed a nondisclosure agreement at the request of AET, so he could not talk about it further.
Spin and denial
Shane’s spin on the tale was that New Knowledge “imitated Russian tactics” as part of an “experiment” that had a budget of “only” $100,000 and had no effect on the election. Yet these tactics are only considered “Russian” because New Knowledge and similar outfits said so! Moreover, New Knowledge’s budget in Alabama was greater than the reported amount spent by “Russians” on the 2016 US presidential election, yet Moscow’s alleged meddling was supposed to be decisive, while New Knowledge’s failed?
New Knowledge responded to the Times story by insisting that the “false flag” operation was actually a benign research project. In a statement posted on Twitter, the company’s CEO claimed that its activities during the Alabama Senate race were conducted in order to “better understand and report on the tactics and effects of social media disinformation.”
My statement on this evening’s NYT article. pic.twitter.com/lsJuRqiffL
— Jonathon Morgan (@jonathonmorgan) December 20, 2018
Morgan emphasized that he in no way took part in an influence campaign, and warned people not to mischaracterize his “research.”
While the New York Times seemed satisfied with his explanation, others pointed out that Morgan had used the Hamilton 68 dashboard to give his “false flag” more credibility – misleading the public about a “Russian” influence campaign that he knew was fake.
New Knowledge’s protestations apparently didn’t convince Facebook, which announced last week that five accounts linked to New Knowledge – including Morgan’s – had been suspended for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”
The final nail in the coffin of Morgan’s story came on Thursday, when the leaked secret after-action report from “Project Birmingham” was published online, showing that those behind the Alabama campaign knew perfectly well what they were doing and why.
BREAKING: Here’s the after-action report from the AL Senate disinfo campaign.
— Jeff Giesea🌿 (@jeffgiesea) December 28, 2018
So, it turns out there really was meddling in American democracy by “Russian bots.” Except they weren’t run from Moscow or St. Petersburg, but from the offices of Democrat operatives chiefly responsible for creating and amplifying the “Russiagate” hysteria over the past two years in a textbook case of psychological projection.
First iteration: https://21stcenturywire.com/2018/12/28/election-fraud-democrat-party-operatives-caught-creating-russian-bot-farm-planting-fake-news-stories/?fbclid=IwAR2-AbXaPkRy_1Kq7PTLvaAUuRBROOvongQSXAOQ83NpVrYngJ-4DVuR2x4
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