Exclusive: Russian operation masqueraded as right-wing news site to target U.S. voters - sources | Reuters

  

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Exclusive: Russian operation masqueraded as right-wing news site to target U.S. voters - sources | Reuters
The Russian group accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has posed as an independent news outlet to target right-wing social media users ahead of this year's vote, two people familiar with an FBI probe into the activity told Reuters.

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LONDON (Reuters) - The Russian group accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has posed as an independent news outlet to target right-wing social media users ahead of this year's vote, two people familiar with an FBI probe into the activity told Reuters. The latest operation centred around a pseudo media organisation called the Newsroom for American and European Based Citizens (NAEBC), which was run by people associated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, the sources said. U.S. prosecutors say the agency played a key role in Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election in favour of President Donald Trump, and Facebook and Twitter exposed a fake left-wing media outlet in September which they said was run by people connected to the organisation. NAEBC and its activity, which have not been previously reported, now show that Russian attempts to influence U.S. voters ahead of the 2020 election have targeted both sides of the political divide. The website predominantly focused on U.S. politics and current events, republishing articles from conservative media and paying real Americans to write about politically-sensitive issues. A network of accounts posing as editors and journalists then promoted the articles on social media sites favoured by right-wing users. Topics covered by NAEBC ranged from attacks on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to criticism of the


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1  seeder  CB     4 weeks ago

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A senior U.S. security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the press, said Russian operatives were increasingly recruiting “unwitting Americans” to write articles and post online.

Reuters identified three writers located in the United States who contributed articles to NAEBC. Two of them were established authors who had written for a number of right-wing outlets, while the third was an amateur journalist.

One of the writers, who asked not to be named publicly, said they had been working for NAEBC for the last month with no knowledge of its Russian backing.

Emails seen by Reuters show the website operated much like its left-wing counterpart, Peace Data. Writers were paid from $50 to $75 per an article, and money was sent promptly via online transfer.

NAEBC staff also gave detailed instructions for the articles they commissioned and how they should be framed.

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1.1  seeder  CB   replied to  CB @1    4 weeks ago

For all those who say and imply, "It ain't Russia!"

Well, it is Russia. It's Putin's Russia. It's Russia! Russia! Russia!

24/7! All Day. All Night. And Times In-betwixt!

Russia/ RT News/ Kompromat!

Now the question is this: Once you're in the bed with Russian agents, can you get your sheets clean again?!

 
 
 
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2  seeder  CB     4 weeks ago

The Russians Have Eyes, 'merica! See how they use them?

 
 
 
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3  seeder  CB     4 weeks ago

The Russian group accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has posed as an independent news outlet to target right-wing social media users ahead of this year's vote, two people familiar with an FBI probe into the activity told Reuters.

 
 
 
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4  seeder  CB     4 weeks ago

It's Russia!  The Russian group accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has posed as an independent news outlet to target right-wing social media users ahead of this year's vote.

 
 
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