While we gobble up the Müller Report together, there are two gigantic questions about the entire russiagate saga that overcomes the deeply problematic behavior of Donald Trump and his campaign. 1) Has the Russian government been involved in a sustained attack on the United States and our elections, and 2) has the 2016 attack phase altered the outcome of the election and handed the victory over to Trump?
Robert Mueller and his Investigators The first question is clear and unequivocal, and this answer has been known to us since at least June 2016, when was first heard of the connection between the hacking of the DNC and the Russian military intelligence service GRU. Yes, Russia has absolutely attacked the United States with the explicit aim of helping Trump win the election. Mission accomplished. Trump only narrowly won the election, which was partly due to wafer-thin victories in combat states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
As many of us now know, the attacks were carried out by trolls working for Putin's allies, the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) in St. Petersburg and the Russian GRU itself. The first dealt with the social media front of the attack in the Incidentally, the Mueller report is referred to as the "information war". The latter, the GRU, focused mainly on malicious hacking attempts, many of which were successful. We will now discuss some of these achievements.
Before we go into the confusing details that are listed in the report, it is important to emphasize exactly what is happening here. Russia is conducting an undeclared cyber war against the United States, and they are targeting our elections ̵
Mission accomplished again. We have a mess.
But because we do not see burning buildings, surface-to-air missiles and all the usual warfare optics, too many American citizens have not fully understood that Russia has successfully attacked us and continues to attack. No "God bless America" bumper sticker this time. No yellow ribbons. No Toby Keith hymns. But that does not mean that it is not on the move.
With the existence of the attack as a context Rudy Giuliani's remarks over the weekend sound startlingly treacherous: "There is nothing wrong with taking information from Russians," he said, Imagine he says the same thing Whether or not Rudy is interested in it Russia is at war with us and there are reports that their actions are getting more and more sophisticated as they move closer to 2020. In fact, Andrea Chalupa has appeared by Gaslit Nation on my podcast last week and warned of the next technology the Russians wanted to deploy, including artificial intelligence.
And yet the commander-in-chief refuses to attack at all to acknowledge something else as a joke, creepy accepting the word of our attackers about the word of the US intelligence agencies, all too sweaty from the evidence presented in Mueller's report, and even the words of his newly-appointed Wormtongue, William Barr, who, despite his inadequacies, confirmed the attack in his March 24 note.
Unlike Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, Trump refuses to condemn Putin, refuses to order retaliatory measures, and in fact rolls back some of the congressional claims against Russia and Team . Trump continues the attacks defiantly and unpatriotic because Russia personally benefits him, not only in terms of electoral assistance but also in terms of preserving his status as president. This is the only thing that keeps Trump out of court and out of jail
The next question is whether Russia has won the election for Trump, and the Mueller report provides additional evidence that leads in that direction, if not one actual review. On the basis of the evidence we have seen so far, we can conclude that Russia has completely changed the outcome of the 2016 race and is likely to repeat it in 2020. We do not yet know if the actual elections were changed at the election day, but it is quite obvious that the opinion changed before someone went into a booth to deliver their ballots. This probably happened.
1) The social media front.
Mueller and his team described in detail the "Information War" against the United States in Volume I, Section II of the report, in particular about how the IRA infiltrated Facebook and Twitter, with the intention of changing voters' opinion, aimed its propaganda in Americans to vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton. In connection with the leaked stolen e-mails by the Russian GRU by Wikileaks, Guccifer 2.0 and DCleaks by Julian Assange, the IRA ran Facebook groups with hundreds of thousands of members. Mueller notes that Facebook told the investigators that the reach of the propaganda was between 29 and 126 million people (page 26). Terrifyingly, many of the tweets and statuses of the IRA were retweeted and shared by Trump and his campaign, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, adding to the legitimacy of agitprop. The fake Twitter reports had tens of thousands of followers.
Unfortunately, there are millions of Americans who like to share, like, and tweet again without investigating whether they share foreign propaganda or false news. Many of us remember seeing these materials in our feed – we saw them happening in real time – and anyone who spent more than two minutes on social media knows how influential it can be.
2) Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Perhaps one of the most outrageous sections of the Mueller report describes contacts between Trump's campaign manager and convicted offender Paul Manafort and his husband in Kiev ] "Konstantin Kilimnik, a GRU employee and longtime fixer from Manafort in Ukraine. It turned out that Manafort owed millions of dollars to the Russian aluminum king and Putin's ally Oleg Deripaska, and as part of his repayment, Manafort offered Deripaska access to Trump campaign material through middleman Kilminik. On page 140 of the Mueller report investigators described the following scene from August 2, 2016:
… Manafort informed Kilimnik about the state of the Trump campaign and Manafort's plan to win the election. This briefing included campaign messaging and internal query data. According to [deputy campaign chairman Rick] Gates, it also included discussions on "battleground" states that identified Manafort as Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.
As we all know, these three states were without Minnesota, the Trump hardly lost the clinicians for Trump. Neither Mitt Romney, John McCain, George Bush or Bob Dole have won any of these states in the recent election, but we expected Trump to do just what no other Republican has achieved since 1988? In addition, Trump won the entire Trifecta with less than one percent of the referendum – a margin of 10,000 votes in Michigan, 22,000 votes in Wisconsin and around 44,000 in Pennsylvania. About 51,000 former Bernie Sanders supporters voted for Trump in Wisconsin, around 47,000 Sanders voters voted Trump in Michigan and another 116,000 in Pennsylvania. In any case, these are change-of-choice margins, especially when we add tens of thousands of votes to Green Party candidate Jill Stein in these states.
Now it turns out that Manafort and the Russian GRU have attacked these states as clinicians. Müller does not link the last points of this front to each other, but given the widespread nature of the attack, it is fair to say that Russia knew what to focus on, and the bizarre election results speak for themselves.
3) vote change?
The above-mentioned GRU hacking attempts were not strictly limited to the hacking of the DNC and DCCC. According to Volume I, Part III, Section C on page 50, Mueller's team describes how the GRU was "aimed at individuals and organizations involved in election administration". More specifically, these are networks and databases that deal with poll management voters. The Russians also targeted "private technology companies" that created "election-related" technologies such as "voter registration software and electronic polling stations".
In July 2016, the GRU searched networks in "more than two dozen states". It also had access to a database containing information on millions of registered Illinois voters. The report against the Illinois Electoral Board is just one of many. Shortly before election day, the GRU targeted civil servants in Florida and had access to dial-up networking, according to the FBI. Do you remember when former Senator Bill Nelson said Russia invaded Florida? He was not wrong.
Without security papers, it is difficult to know if hackers have successfully changed votes or deleted voter registrations. It's also hard to tell if the hackers were not successful . All we know is that they were tried and were able to invade. But let's use common sense here: when a burglar breaks into a house, the burglar is either cloaked for future intrusion or the burglar is planning to steal something. Applied to the Russian attack, neither option is good news for American democracy, and to repeat it, Russia's methods only develop in terms of sophistication and effectiveness.
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The Mueller report is not only a roadmap for the prosecution of Donald Trump to obstruct the judiciary and a tacit recommendation for impeachment, it is also a 400-page warning to American voters in one Attacked in a manner that was large and successful, while it was mostly imperceptible until it was too late.
With the next elections only 18 months away, we were profoundly warned that the Russians once opposed the formation on the border to prepare for another invasion of our national sovereignty and, indeed, another attack on our core to do democracy in the name of retaining Trump as president. Either we are taking action now by becoming aware of the known methods of attack (especially the users of social media!) And by arming ourselves against its trolls and foot soldiers, while urging our government to take stronger action or the prospect of a Russian-looking one Taking Action Autocracy will be metastasized here before most Americans realize what happened.
Meanwhile, Trump's victory in 2016 deserves to be recalled from history with at least one asterisk. As time passes, it becomes increasingly clear that Trump has been unlawfully elected president by a hostile foreign government, with Americans being unknowingly supported to understand the difference between agitprop and facts. As a result, the heads were changed – possibly enough heads to force this Chaos agent, that unqualified cheater, that outrageous thug into the Oval Office.