Russian Intelligence Worked to Elect Trump. Why?

by kmoorh – Friday’s Washington Post revealed that two separate investigative teams of researchers have found evidence of Russian meddling in the U.S. Presidential campaign. Moscow mounted an intense online propaganda effort using a network of websites and social media accounts to push fake news into the center of the campaign. The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation. Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of...

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