Thread/ The media has been an incredible partner in empowering VVA to fight to ensure that veterans and their families are free from foreign influence online. The spotlight that @WSJ's @bkesling and @dnvolz shined on this issue this week was tremendous wsj.com/articles/an-ar…
2/ In this thread we'd like to highlight all of the journalists and media outlets that have helped VVA ring the alarm bells on the issue of foreign elements targeting veterans online. Follow along to see how the story evolved, as a group of publications worked to expose the issue
🔥@GOP operative Peter Smith raised >$100,000 to pay #Russian🇷🇺hackers to find Clinton’s emails. 10 days after telling his story to the @WSJ, he committed suicide, yet a friend spoke w/him about a new project hours before his death & says he was “excited.” wsj.com/articles/gop-o…
Smith continued his quest for HRC’s emails *after* the US warned of #Russian🇷🇺interference & went to extraordinary lengths to ensure secrecy, communicating via saved DRAFT (unsent) emails in a shared Gmail account.🤨
🔥One sent email said the >$100k in donations were to be sent to a DC-based scholarship fund for **Russian students**👉🏼“This $100k total with the $50k received from you (Smith) will allow us to fund the Washington Scholarship Fund for the Russian students for the promised $150K.”
On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf #Hitler rejoiced, and the #Nazi era began. 1/
#Hitler, who had just been named head of a #government that was legally formed after the democratic #elections of the previous November, seized the opportunity to change the system. “There will be no mercy now,” he exulted. “Anyone standing in our way will be cut down.”
The next day, at Hitler’s advice and urging, the #German#president issued a decree “for the protection of the people and the state.”
1.Len Blavatnik owns Al-Altep Holdings and Access Industries, and has contributed vast amounts of money to the GOP and Senate Leadership Fund and Trump, inclusive of 1 Million to the Inauguration of Trump.
Simon Kukes told Russian ex-ambassador he was involved in "strategy development" for #Trump campaign, and sent photos to Moscow of his 29-year-old girlfriend posing with candidate Trump and Mike Pence theguardian.com/us-news/2018/s…
Kukes gave $273,000 to #Trump Victory, making the first of several donations two weeks after notorious meeting in Trump Tower between Russia lawyer, Donald Trump Jr. et al. Kukes had no previous history of political donations
Listen 👂 please: #Israel can't renounce on violating #Lebanon and #Syria airspace. #Russia can't just wipe away the murder of 15 servicemen and its own reputation as a superpower @PutinRF_Eng experience similar situation with #Turkey in 2015
#Pence's older brothers, Ed Pence, is an executive at Cummins Inc., a company that manufactures engines for the #Russian military and has also used LOBBYING firms connected with #PaulManafort, indicating that Pence may have ties to #Russia. #TrumpRussia
🔥@GOP operative Sam Patten’s not only has close ties w/Manafort & #Russian🇷🇺spy Konstantin Kilimnik, plus helped #CambridgeAnalytica microtarget voters in the 2014 midterms, Patten also funneled money via #Cyprus to buy Trump inauguration tix for a Ukrainian oligarch‼️
Sam Patten, a former associate of Paul Manafort & #Russian🇷🇺GRU spy, Konstantin Kilmnik, was charged w/failing to register as a foreign agent (#FARA) for lobbying on behalf of a Ukrainian political party.😎 1/
Paul Manafort & his fixer, "former" #Russian🇷🇺spy Konstantin Kilimnik, were bankrolled by Oleg Deripaska to promote Russian interests in the former Soviet bloc nation of of #Kyrgyzstan, including the closure of the US military base Manas.🤬
Breaking: Christopher Steele has won a case in D.C. against three #Russian oligarchs who sued him over his dossier. Judge Epstein dismissed their defamation suit and ruled the #Trump dossier is protected by first amendment and public interest. My story: theguardian.com/us-news/2018/a…
Lawyer for Russian oligarchs says they will appeal and disagree with Epstein "on a number of points". Steele's attorney Christy Hull Eikhoff tells me the ruling is "thorough, well-reasoned and firmly supported in the law"
Hull Eikhoff: "We will continue to defend against baseless attacks on Chris [#Steele] and Orbis and hope that the result of this case will be a lesson to those who seek to intimidate Chris and his company." Asked if that includes President #Trump, she replied: "We mean everybody"
Re-capping an intensive day by #Russian armed forces:
- Central and Eastern Military Districts were fully alarmed into a snap drill
- 2500 Spetsnatz deployed close to #Ukraine
- Military medical units deployed close to Ukraine
- 40 000 troops will be loaded to trains in East 1/2
- Novorossiysk naval base alerted and swept for mines
- Various communication and command formations deployed
- Special Recon unit prepared for an airdrop in the Karelia
- Unknown number of central Military district units loaded to trains
- Large Chinese force in Russia. 2/3
And the cherry on the top? DNR and LNR mercenaries are mobilizing the population in the occupied Donetsk.
🔥Former #CIA operative, Bob Baer, says @realDonaldTrump became a #Russian🇷🇺agent (unwittingly) at a NYC cocktail party in 1986. **Before** the #SteeleDossier was released, a KGB contact told Baer: “We have a tape of Donald Trump.”😎
THREAD: @realDonaldTrump now *admits* that Don Jr sought Clinton dirt at his meeting w/the #Russian🇷🇺”lawyer”/spy & a “former” GRU military intel officer.
It’s a CRIME for a campaign to solicit or receive *anything* from a foreign national, let alone #Russian intelligence.🙄1/
We knew last year that Jr, Manafort & Kush met w/a Kremlin-linked “lawyer,” a “former” #Russian🇷🇺spy w/expertise in acquiring hacked emails, and an alleged Russian money launderer👉🏼they discussed #sanctions, Clinton #kompromat, and #RNC donations.🔥2/
🦉🦉🦉Explaining #Kremlin#propaganda technique “political pluralism imitation.” The Russian-state owned and funded mass media has been employing this model in #Russia for a while. Lately, the Kremlin-linked agents are implementing it in the US and other Western countries. 👇
1. In Putin’s Russia, the political discourse is suppressed.
2. Unlike the USSR ideologists, the Kremlin propagandists understand the importance of the public opinion and positive image. “The sublimation of emotions on a political topic” is an important part of the engineered collective mentality.
Highlights fro #Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on foreign interference via social media platforms:
"Election interference from abroad represents an intolerable assault on the democratic foundation this republic was built on" per @SenatorBurr
"It's also important that the American people know that these activities neither began nor ended with the 2016 elections" per @SenatorBurr "Foreign actors continue an aggressive and pervasive influence campaign against the #UnitedStatesofAmerica"
“more than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of these Pages, the earliest of which was created in March 2017. The latest was created in May 2018”
“The most followed Facebook Pages were “Aztlan Warriors,” “Black Elevation,” “Mindful Being,” and “Resisters.” The remaining Pages had between zero and 10 followers, and the Instagram accounts had zero followers”