Wednesday, October 23, 2019


If you look past the incredible number of occurrences in the past two and a half years that have been of clear benefit to the ambitions of Vladimir Putin, what evidence is there of direct Russian involvement in the American election process?

Let's be honest, this little internet rag is not resourced like the news sites attached to the major networks or newspapers.  So what can we possibly know? That depends on how many places we are willing to look and how committed we are to sort out the facts from the efforts to elicit our feelings. We also have to draw a clear distinction between the question of Russian involvement and collusion, which are not the same thing.

It is possible that a person gullible enough could be pulled into a plot and receiving huge benefit from behind the scenes operations, be unaware of their participation. This person may in good faith say "NO COLLUSION", even as they are steered through their participation. We're going to set this aside as well to just look at the information in the public realm that makes the case for Russia steering the 2016 American election process.

The Mueller Report:
Robert Mueller's report was less than powerful in his conclusion on Trump's direct involvement or cooperation with Russian government interference with the 2016 presidential election. It was not cloudy or foggy in the conclusion that Russian government assets and internet companies waged a sophisticated campaign on social media sowing discord, spreading rumours, and baiting racial tensions.

Facebook And Twitter Accounts:
Facebook and Twitter both indicated they have found accounts that were run by Russians or Russian backed entities that were(are) producing and spreading memes and other propaganda material stoking fear and anger around immigration and terrorism.

There is evidence now that the same organizations have begun, never stopped really, working on the disruptions to the current election cycle. Facebook has said they have shut down Russian accounts spreading misinformation currently. Without going into things I have no qualifications or resources to look up, we know the evidence exists that proves Russia has and is working to disrupt and control the 2020 election in the United States.


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