Monday, March 20, 2017

FBI-led investigative team examines role of conservative news sites in Russia campaign | McClatchy DC

FBI-led investigative team examines role of conservative news sites in Russia campaign | McClatchy DC: Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.

Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.

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