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2 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

Julia Davis @JuliaDavisNews

The Russians were awfully upset about my Tweet that noted the remarkable alignment between the pro-Trump, anti-migrant propaganda on Fox News & Russian state TV, down to the visuals.

Sergei Markov cemented my point by defending Fox News coverage of "migrants storming US borders."


Julia Davis @JuliaDavisNews 19h19 hours ago


If that's not enough synergy for you, Russian state TV host Evgeny Popov angrily exclaimed:

"You don't think [Trump] will build this wall? He will build it!"


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Transparency advocate group releases trove of hacked Russian documents -


".....The documents, totaling 175 gigabytes in data, were shared on Distributed Denial of Secrets's website and on Internet Archive around the same time on Friday. The scope of the documents shared is far larger than the total known material Russian officials obtained from the DNC and then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign.  

The collection of material, called "The Dark Side of the Kremlin," includes insider information such as “hundreds of thousands of messages and files from Russian politicians, journalists, oligarchs, religious figures, and nationalists/terrorists in Ukraine,” according to the group that posted the documents.....

the posting of the Russian files was not done explicitly as payback for Russia’s 2016 hacks and leaks, but said “it does add some appreciable irony.” 

“Our motive is to collect and make available materials for a subject that was very underexplored — Russian power circles, how they interconnect, their influence operations,” Best said. “People have a cursory understanding of that, but outside of a few experts it hasn’t been looked at in detail and contextualized.” ......



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Russian intel created a false trail linking murdered double agent Sergei Skripal to Christopher Steele before the Salisbury attack, the Telegraph reports.

The plot to kill Skripal may have included an attempt to sow doubt on the dossier's veracity.


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Russia Is Attacking the U.S. System From Within

A new filing by Special Counsel Robert Mueller shows how Russia uses the federal courts to go after its adversaries.


" A new court filing submitted on Wednesday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed that a Russian troll farm currently locked in a legal battle over its alleged interference in the 2016 election appeared to wage yet another disinformation campaign late last year—this time targeting Mueller himself.


According to the filing, the special counsel’s office turned over 1 million pages of evidence to lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting as part of the discovery process. The firm is accused of funding the troll farm, known as the Internet Research Agency. But someone connected to Concord allegedly manipulated the documents and leaked them to reporters, hoping the documents would make people think that Mueller’s evidence against the troll farm and its owners was flimsy.

The tactic didn’t seem to convince anyone, but it appeared to mark yet another example of Russia exploiting the U.S. justice system to undercut its rivals abroad.......


the latest incident involving Concord and the hoax website “as part of a consistent strategy by the Russians to hinder, obstruct, and derail” Mueller’s probe. ............


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Russia plans to test a kill switch that disconnects the country from the internet

"....The test run could be useful to the country for a few reasons. Primarily, Russia aims to simulate the drastic measures it would take in the case of some kind of cyber threat to its national security. But for a country notorious for its restrictive environment for individual and press freedom, the test may also be a useful way to see how the country could wield a more closely held internet to control its own people and guard against foreign interests.

The extreme measure, if successful, would allow Russia to effectively operate its own state-controlled internet and cut itself off from the world as it sees fit.....




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Russia Moves To Mask Military Trail By Telling Troops To Put Down Smartphones


".........Russia's upper house must approve the bill before it is signed into law by President Vladimir Putin. Russian newspaper Kommersant reports that is expected to happen by next month.

Online trails left by troops have undercut the Kremlin's stance on several issues,

including the claim that Russian troops were not fighting in eastern Ukraine, as well as the extent of Russia's role in Syria, reports The New York Times........


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Huge story breaking in Italy.

Putin agreed to a request from Lega Nord leader Matteo Salvini to covertly finance his Euro election campaign.

The plan was to conceal the payment behind an apparently normal business deal.

Sound familiar?

http://espresso.repubblica.it/inchieste/2019/02/20/news/esclusivo-lega-milioni-russia-1.331835  via @espressonline


Ryan GoodmanVerified account @rgoodlaw 5h5 hours ago


Putin's Playbook?

1. Secret Moscow Tower deal with Trump, 2016 USA (@JasonLeopold @a_cormier_)

2. Russia’s secret gold deal with Arron Banks, Brexit vote (@lukeharding1968)

3. Russian bank's loan to Marine Le Pen’s party, French presidential race (@PaulSonne)

Now this👇

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‘Chaos Serves Putin’s Interest’

A veteran diplomat weighs in on Russia, Trump, and America’s place on the world stage.

......“what Putin did in 2016”?

Burns: I think he set out to do several things. The first was to sow chaos in the American political system. It was a target-rich environment for him, because our own dysfunction created lots of opportunities.......... He was able to use leverage over a stronger opponent

—and that leverage was the polarization and dysfunction in our own system. He set out quite deliberately to sow further dysfunction, sow chaos.

Second, he loves exposing what he believes to be the hypocrisy of democratic systems. Anything that he could bring to light that would expose the seamier side of American politics was all to the good, from his point of view.

And third, he wanted to put his thumb on the scale against Hillary Clinton—


......The chaos in foreign policy—which has only accelerated in terms of the predictability of America’s role in the world—is from the Russian perspective a double-edged thing.


To some degree, chaos serves Putin’s interest. International uncertainty, and a situation where our allies are hedging and our rivals like China are taking advantage, and where the international institutions we’ve built in our own enlightened self-interest are beginning to teeter—those all serve Russia’s and Putin’s interests. They provide more space for him...

.....there is a huge gap between Trump and his own administration [on Russia policy], let alone with Congress. But [if he can’t get sanctions removed]

second best for him is a chaotic American political system. Polarization here undermines the American example for the rest of the world. .......


, how do you view Russia’s role in the chaos of Brexit? Has this been beneficial from Russia’s point of view?

Burns: Sure! I mean, anything that sows fissures within the European Union is positive—and an added bonus for him is the extent to which Trump has been egging on the Brexiteers, too.

Putin is keenly aware of the fissures within the European Union right now—between some central- and eastern-European states and the more traditional powers in Western Europe.

Anything he can do to sow chaos both within Western systems—


....... what’s obvious is the case of Putin envy that Trump has. I think he’s attracted to the way autocrats lead. Maybe that’s how he led the Trump Organization, I don’t know. .....


What was Putin thinking then?

Burns: Oh, you could almost see it crossing his face: What an easy mark. It’s true of a lot of autocrats,

that he sees that effort to ingratiate as a sign of weakness, and as opening the door to manipulation.

That doesn’t mean you have to pound the podium and throw things at him. But what he appreciates are firmness and consistency, and what he saw was anything but that.......


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12 minutes ago, HIGHWAY said:

I think Hillary and the DNC caused their own chaos when they rigged the system against Bernie Sanders, and the Russian angle is to deflect from their corruption in the election.

So the meeting Trump Jr. had with Russians at Trump Tower didn't happen?????

Yes,  the leadership of the DNC was corrupt and assisted Clinton against Sanders,  but that doesn't mean members of Trump's inter-circle didn't also work with Russians during the 2016 campaign.    I.e.   both events occurred.  

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Maybe this is waaay off the subject, but don't you think Americans are obliged to determine for themselves if the information they get from social media is a bunch of baloney? This week it was circulated that Rep. Omar married her brother to get him a green card, when a quick web search of the facts reveal that Omar may have a complex relationship past - hey who doesn't - but she NEVER married her brother.

Except for the 10 years that Boris Yeltsin was in charge, Russia has been our sworn enemy since 1917. It is just harder to see now since they are no longer a Communist nation. Instead Russia has just become an empire builder.  In the 1960s a Russian operative was found to have a multitude of taped ordinary telephone conversations between Americans. They were using this information to get inside of our heads. Social media makes that much easier today.

As for Hillary, the DNC behaved badly, tipping the scales for HRC and not allowing an honest contest in 2016 between herself and Bernie Sanders. This caused so many Democrats to stay home and allowed the election of Trump. Wikileaks embarrassed the DNC with the truth of their bias. Don't you think Americans had the right to know what the DNC did before they went to the polls?

Just so you know, I held my nose until i almost pinched it off of my face and voted for HRC. I could see Trump would be the disaster that he has been. But the wounds suffered by Hillary's campaign were largely self inflicted.

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Russian TV Mocks Trump as ‘This Clown,’ Describes His Foreign Policy as ‘Failures at Every Turn’

“Trump miraculously managed to worsen relations on all fronts: with the European Union, China, Russia. Total failure in Syria. The same with Turkey. Failure with Iran and failure with Venezuela,” Kiselyov said, according to The Daily Beast. He then took aim at Trump’s recent North Korea summit, saying: “Trump, who calls himself the ‘master of the deal,’ left Vietnam empty-handed.” ......


“We currently assess that North Korea will seek to retain its [weapons of mass destruction] capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival,” Coats told a Senate intelligence committee hearing.

Mike Rogers, a Republican former congressman from Michigan who previously chaired the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN Monday that he didn’t believe the Vietnam summit “went well for the president at all.” He also said he “disagreed” with the president’s decision to end war games with South Korea, arguing the U.S. “will get nothing for it.”



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Just learned this from the "What on Earth" TV series on Science Channel.

Putin owns a $500,000 platinum watch.  This is only a fraction of the very expensive watches in his collection.




Had no idea telling time was so expensive. :o

Putin is selling his $1 million watch, and it's one of the rarest and most expensive in the world








Guess we all have our hobbies. :unsure:


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A Russian 'troll slayer' went undercover at a troll factory and found that hundreds of Russians were working as paid trolls in rotating shifts-

  • "Troll slayer" and journalist Lyudmila Savchuk when undercover at a troll factory for two and a half months to see how it works.
  • Savchuk found that the organization was broken up into departments: "news division," the "social media seeders", and a group dedicated to producing visual memes known as "demotivators."
  • The operation was run by a local restauranteur who was placed under US sanctions for attempting to interfere with US elections.
  • Savchuk believed her work would help Facebook understand how its platform could be gamed, but no longer believes the fight against trolls is winnable.

Each worker had a quota to fill every day and every night.

Despite the division of labor, the content was remarkably uniform. The US, the EU, Ukraine's pro-European government, and Russia's opposition were regular targets for scorn.

And then there was Russian President Vladimir Putin — seemingly no Russian triumph under his rule was too small to warrant a celebratory tweet, meme or post.......




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