The Russians are coming and this social network Russian troll just wants to sow a little discord between the Left and the Right. The Department of Justice has uncovered a whole bunch of trolls using social media to generate as much political friction as they can get away with. It does not seem to matter which extreme they try to emulate as long as they upset one side against the other. Here is what the FBI has uncovered.
As Written and Reported By Terrence P. Jeffrey for CNS News:
The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a criminal complaint on Friday that is based on an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent David Holt that alleges that Russian Internet trolls created social media accounts for “U.S. fake personas,” who then advocated either liberal or conservative views about American politics and elections.
“The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to this day, is to sow discord in the U.S. political system and to undermine faith in our democratic institutions,” U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger said in a statement.take our poll - story continues below
The FBI affidavit gives examples of postings made by alleged Russian-controlled accounts. Some—from the liberal side—defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller and even support his indictment of the alleged Russian operation itself.
Others attack him.
“If Trump fires Robert Mueller, we have to take to the streets in protest. Our democracy is at stake,” said a Tweet posted in December 2017 by a Russian-created “liberal” American persona.
[Above is a screen capture from page 32 of the FBI affidavit attached to the U.S. attorney’s criminal complaint that was unsealed on Friday.]
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