According to Reuters New Agency, “A Russian Internet agency and more than a dozen Russians interfered in the U.S. election campaign from 2014 through 2016 in a multi-pronged effort with the aim of supporting then-businessman Donald Trump and disparaging his rival Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Special Counsel said in an indictment on Friday.”
“The 37-page indictment filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller described a conspiracy to disrupt the U.S. election by people who adopted false online personas to push divisive messages; traveled to the United States to collect intelligence; and staged political rallies while posing as Americans.”
(Is any of that actually illegal? I mean, we have millions of “illegals” in the country right now, posing as Americans, who protest all of the time, and we give these people benefits, and driver’s licenses, etc., etc. What happens if one of these Russians flies into a sanctuary city? If it wasn’t so sad it would be comical.)
“Russia’s Internet Research Agency ‘had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election,’ the indictment said.”
(I’m amazed at their selective outrage. I believe it is pretty common knowledge that Russia has been trying to mess with our elections just like we have been messing with theirs, along with the elections of many other countries, for decades.)
(Oh, and where was the Obama Administration when all of this was going on? President Obama poo-pooed the idea of Russia affecting the election while actually telling Mr. Trump to “stop whining about it and to worry about getting his message across,” even though we now know President Obama was aware of Russian meddling at the time.)
“This indictment serves as a reminder that people are not always who they appear to be on the Internet,” Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, told reporters.
(People are not always who they appear to be on the Internet? Really, Rod? We’re all glad we have the FBI there to keep us informed!)
“The indictment also alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy. We must not allow them to succeed.” Rod Rosenstein, continued.
(Really? Somehow I don’t think the FBI needs any help from the Russians as far as undermining public confidence in democracy goes.)
The indictment names the Internet Research Agency, based in St. Petersburg, Russia; 13 Russian nationals; and two other companies.
(Maybe Mr. Mueller can indict some ETs with violating American airspace next! He might have a better chance of actually getting a conviction.)
Portions of this article taken from a Reuters article from February 16, 2018, by Warren Strobel, Dustin Volz, David Shepardson and David Ingram.