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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
3/ On October 10, 2017, @LeoShane of @MilitaryTimes wrote about the Oxford Study that identified veterans as targets of hostile actors using disinformation campaigns, and VVA's first public call for action to protect our community. militarytimes.com/veterans/2017/…
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1.#Farage is deeply involved in #TrumpRussia as we already know, here he is in a picture with @RepRohrabacher, @RepRohrabacher has been called #Putin´s favorite congressman and has done business with #Manafort

#Trump #Farage #DonJr #Rohrabacher #Putin

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1. Today @WSJ reports that #PeterSmith, solicited and raised at least $100,000 from donors as part of an effort to obtain #emails stolen from #HillaryClinton, #Mueller is investigating.

#ClintonEmails #PeterSmith #Wikileaks #Putin #Trump

,wsj.com/articles/gop-o…
2. On @Maddow May 11th it was revealed that #Mueller is investigating a murder thats connected to #SteeleDossier and to @HillaryClinton #emails

#ClintonEmails #PeterSmith #Wikileaks #Putin #Trump

msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/…
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🔥@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.”
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The Reichstag Warning ⚠️⚠️⚠️

By @TimothyDSnyder
THREAD ✔
On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf #Hitler rejoiced, and the #Nazi era began.
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#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.”
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The next day, at Hitler’s advice and urging, the #German #president issued a decree “for the protection of the people and the state.”
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Poised for MoD/Dutch ministry of defence presser in The Hague. Will try to live tweet. #Russia #GRU
Ambassador @PeterWilson speaking on behalf of @AlanDuncanMP whose flight was cancelled due to bad weather
Expecting details of joint intelligence operation relating to #Russia #GRU
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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.

#GOP #RUSSIA #TRUMP #MCCONNELL #GRAHAM #TREASON

2.Blavatnik co owns RUSAL with #Deripaska and #Vekselberg, together they own 69 % of the company.
RUSAL is the second largest Aluminum Company in the world.

#GOP #RUSSIA #TRUMP #MCCONNELL #GRAHAM #TREASON
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Exclusive: #Russian-American tycoon who donated c.$300K to #Trump was in extensive contact with senior #Kremlin official during summer 2016 - my story with @NBCNews and Dossier Center theguardian.com/us-news/2018/s…
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
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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
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#Israel has nothing to offer to #Russia and #Moscow has nothing to ask from #TelAviv. Airspace is closed, period.

So Israel will go and cry on Uncle Sam's shoulder: the magnificent @realDonaldTrump #USA
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It is up to @PutinRF_Eng to rebuff #USA and #Israel and hold his ground firmly. I am aware of US lobby within #Russia but it is time to show the world that hegemony is over

#Moscow can ask for itself, for #Syria & substantial compensation for Russian families.

Time to pay 3/
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#Russian🇷🇺diplomats held secret talks in London last year and plotted to smuggle Julian Assange out of #Ecuador’s London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transport him to #Russia.

But WikiLeaks isn’t a cutout for Russian intelligence or anything.🙄

theguardian.com/world/2018/sep…
Fidel Narváez (close Assange confidant) recently was Ecuador’s London consul & served as a point of contact w/#Russia🇷🇺.

Narváez previously tried to help Edward Snowden👉🏼travelled to Moscow & gave Snowden a “safe-conduct“ document.🙄

#SHOCKER
#TrumpRussia
Four separate sources said the Kremlin was willing to offer support for Assange’s escape plot – including allowing Assange to travel to #Russia🇷🇺and live there.

So NOT shocking.🙄

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#CampaignFinance records from the 1990 effort showed that
#Pence then 31, had been using political DONATIONS to pay the MORTGAGE on his house, his personal CREDIT CARD bill, groceries, GOLF tournament
fees and CAR PAYMENTS
for his wife.
#Resistance #Resist washingtonpost.com/politics/mike-…
#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

snopes.com/fact-check/mik…
#Pence gives #Putin brophile a new meaning and takes Russiaphilia to a whole new level. It gives Pence MOTIVE for IGNORING U.S. Congressman Cummings’ warning, last November, re #FLYNN.
Cummins is deeply involved in #Russia through sales and joint ventures.
miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/is-…
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The same #Russian T-62MV without ERA, that was spotted on a train at Kamensk Shakhtinsky on 31.8 was unloaded before noon 1.9 and spotted heading towards #Ukraine on a trailer.

Same road also showed several other Russian military convoys.
#OSINT
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🔥@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‼️
More details on Sam Patten’s longtime ties with “former” #Russian🇷🇺spy, Konstantin Kilimnik.👇🏼

Patten was charged with #felony violations of #FARA today.😎

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💣BOOM💣

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/

#TrumpRussia

h/t @SpicyFiles
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Team🇺🇸Mueller referred the case to the US Attorney in DC. Patten's charge is a FELONY w/max prison sentence of 5 years.

His charges are spelled out in a "criminal information" filing, which often precedes a GUILTY plea.🤗 2/

#MuellerTime
#TrumpRussia

🔥Patten & #GRU agent Konstantin Kilimnik are the **only 2 execs** listed for a DC consulting firm (Begemot Ventures).

And Patten "just happened" to help Cambridge Analytica MICROTARGET voters during the 2014 midterm election cycle.🙄3/

#TrumpRussia

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Thread

#Trump ties to #Mogilevich , #Tochtachunov and the #Gennovese family
Thread contains declassified @FBI Docs

#Trump #Mogilevich #Tochtachunov #Gennovese #Putin
1.#Trump is closely tied to Semion #Mogilevich, the boss of the Russian Mafia and a hitman of #Putin and Alimzhan #Toktakhounov

#Trump #Mogilevich #Tochtachunov #Gennovese #Putin
2.This is Semion #Mogilevich the Boss of the Russian Mafia.

The Most Dangerous Mobster in the World ozy.com/provocateurs/t… … … … … via @ozy

#Trump #Mogilevich #Tochtachunov #Gennovese #Putin
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🔥TREASON🔥

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.🤬

theguardian.com/us-news/2018/a…
In addition to Manafort, guess who else was involved w/#Russia's🇷🇺plot to get the US military base out of #Kyrgyzstan⁉️

Rinat Akhmetshin, the "former" #Russian spy & US citizen(!), who also attended Don Jr's #RussianLawyer meeting‼️

cc @thespybrief
👆🏼FYI @911CORLEBRA777
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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"
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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
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- 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.

Should we be worried?
#turpo #säkpol
3/3
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🔥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.”😎

cc @thespybrief

telluridenews.com/news/article_f…
Video of former #CIA operative Bob Baer’s discussion of his independent investigation of #Russian🇷🇺agent @realDonaldTrump👉🏼 telluridetv.org
Although Trump initially may have been an “unwitting” agent of #Russia🇷🇺 way back in 1986, soon enough, Trump became a WITTING (and eager) tool of the Kremlin, as did his spawn.😉

#MoneyLaundering

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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/

denagrayson.com/2018/05/20/jun…
We also knew last year that Team🇷🇺Trump tried *desperately* to cover up the meeting.

Kushner “forgot” (= #felony) to disclose the meeting *3 separate times* on his SF-86, and Jr & his father, Trump, LIED repeatedly about the meeting.🙄 3/

denagrayson.com/2018/05/20/tal…
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🦉🦉🦉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.
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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"
Efforts like those id'd by @facebook "creating events on our streets w/real #Americans unknowingly participating" adds @SenatorBurr
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Facebook busts another influence operation aimed at midterms using pages and profiles to marionette target audiences. #Russian #ActiveMeasures

newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/07/r…
“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”
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