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Friday, February 21, 2020

U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.

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In that closed hearing for the House Intelligence Committee, lawmakers were also told that Sanders had been informed about Russia's interference. The prospect of two rival campaigns both receiving help from Moscow appears to reflect what intelligence officials have previously described as Russia's broader interest in sowing division in the United States and uncertainty about the validity of American elections.

Despite Trump's skepticism of Russian efforts to damage American democracy, officials in his administration have repeatedly warned that Russia has ongoing plans to interfere in U.S. elections and foster divisions among Americans, part of a strategic goal to undermine U.S. standing in the world. Some analysts believe the Kremlin's goal is to cause maximum disruption within the United States and that it throws the support of its hackers and trolls behind candidates based on that goal, not any particular affinity for the people running.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-02-21 09:13 PM | Reply

Whoops, sorry: drudge.com

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-02-21 09:16 PM | Reply

So that explains why he is a commie!

#3 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2020-02-21 09:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3

Nope. Wrong again:

The brilliance of this new type of authoritarianism is that instead of simply oppressing opposition, as had been the case with 20th-century strains, it climbs inside all ideologies and movements, exploiting and rendering them absurd. One moment Surkov would fund civic forums and human-rights NGOs, the next he would quietly support nationalist movements that accuse the NGOs of being tools of the West. With a flourish he sponsored lavish arts festivals for the most provocative modern artists in Moscow, then supported Orthodox fundamentalists, dressed all in black and carrying crosses, who in turn attacked the modern-art exhibitions. The Kremlin's idea is to own all forms of political discourse, to not let any independent movements develop outside of its walls. Its Moscow can feel like an oligarchy in the morning and a democracy in the afternoon, a monarchy for dinner and a totalitarian state by bedtime.

www.theatlantic.com

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-02-21 10:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why the 2020 Election Will Be A Mess: It's Just Too Easy for Putin
February 19, 2020

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to the House Judiciary Committee last week that Russia's disinformation campaign to interfere in the 2020 election is underway. This isn't surprising, given that Russian active measures are about the long game: Ex-KGB officer and Russian President Vladimir Putin's goal was never simply to place a Manchurian candidate in the Oval Office, but rather to permanently destabilize the West, damage U.S. credibility, and undermine those very things that make democratic countries special.

Putin aimed for chaos, and Donald Trump was the chaos candidate in 2016. But Putin will continue to attack, namely because his objectives haven't changed and the United States has not done anything to defend or deter him from this course of action. The only difference this time around is that, after four years of Trump, generating chaos will be even easier to achieve, as Trump and his surrogates have adopted the same playbook. Republicans know they are working in parallel with Russian intelligence, even if they are not working hand in hand. Republicans may insist to themselves there is a difference, but practically speaking, there isn't. The only way to neutralize this threat is through public awareness of Russia's tactics and increased civic participation: To that end, read on.

The best way to assess the Russian threat in the future is to assess the data we already have from the past. From our experience in 2016, we know Russian intelligence probed election computer systems in all 50 states. We also know the Kremlin stole emails from the Democratic Party, fed the material to WikiLeaks and others who could disperse it publicly, and then leveraged the information in a massive propaganda and influence campaign.


www.justsecurity.org

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-21 10:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The best way to assess the Russian threat in the future is to assess the data we already have from the past. From our experience in 2016, we know Russian intelligence probed election computer systems in all 50 states. We also know the Kremlin stole emails from the Democratic Party, fed the material to WikiLeaks and others who could disperse it publicly, and then leveraged the information in a massive propaganda and influence campaign.

www.justsecurity.org
#5 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2020-02-21 10:19 PM | REPLY | FLAG: NEWSWORTHY

You're on fire, GAL.

#6 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-02-21 10:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"according to people familiar with the matter."

Once again, double hearsay and you Dolts take it as proven.

SMFH

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-21 10:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

In 2018 we learned that everything we had been told about Russian interference was a lie, but the news was suppressed in the MSM.

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-02-22 08:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Once again, double hearsay and you Dolts take it as proven.
SMFH

Keep smacking your effing head and maybe you'll knock some sense into it.

Sanders already publicly confirmed this information hours ago so take your "double hearsay" and stick it where the sun don't shine.

You keep trying to imply that multi-sourced anonymous reporting is somehow suspect. It isn't. It's seldom wrong. Next time you make this claim why not post information showing recent walkbacks of major information. I'll spare you the time, there aren't any.

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-02-22 08:05 AM | Reply

Multiple anonymous sources are the usual sign of a coordinated smear campaign like RussiaGate. Whistle-blowers stand alone. Even UkraineGate had multiple anonymous sources.

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-02-22 08:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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If Putin is smart, he would try and get the candidate elected that would cause the most devastation within the US itself. Someone who could wreck the economy, upset foreign relations, divide the nation...what a better candidate than Bernie.

#11 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-02-22 08:47 AM | Reply

#2 is fine with me, please go ahead. Thank you.

#12 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-02-22 09:02 AM | Reply

The best way to assess the Russian threat in the future is to assess the data we already have from the past.

#6 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11 AT 2020-02-21 10:29 PM | FLAG:

There's a facebook tool to see what ads you were exposed to.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-22 09:41 AM | Reply

It's not that the Russia wants or needs Sanders to be president; they already have everything they need in Trump. The Kremlin has calculated that centrist Democrats agree with Putin, that they'd rather have Trump than Sanders. I'd love to learn he is mistaken, but all evidence currently available suggests otherwise. Prove me wrong, I'll be here waiting.

#14 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-02-22 10:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--It's not that the Russia wants or needs Sanders to be president; they already have everything they need in Trump.

Like banning fracking, new gas and oil pipelines, slashing fossil fuel production and exports, cutting defense spending?

#15 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-02-22 10:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Hush Nullifidian, there's no room for reality in this sort of discussion.

#16 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-02-22 01:36 PM | Reply

Why cant Russia stay out of other countries' politics like the US does?

#17 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-02-22 01:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sanders Briefed By Govt That Russia is "Helping" His Campaign

Of course they are. It couldn't be this chaos is being introduced to further destabilize the Democratic Party.

Which. BTW. Seems to be succeeding.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-22 02:04 PM | Reply

there's no room for reality in this sort of discussion.
#16 | POSTED BY ABIGBORE

Is that why you choose to never acknowledge reality?

Now your posts make more sense.

Thanks for clearing that all up.

#19 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-22 02:13 PM | Reply

Next time you make this claim why not post information showing recent walkbacks of major information. I'll spare you the time, there aren't any.

#9 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2020-02-22 08:05 AM

Remind us how many times you posted about how "unnamed sources" confirmed that Eric Trump was going to be indicted? Or that Mueller found collusion? Or that the IG was going to find that the FISA warrants were adequately predicated? etc. etc.

There is a reason that hearsay is not admissible (except for limited exceptions) in court in that it is inherently distrusted.

#20 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-22 03:12 PM | Reply

Sanders Briefed By Govt That Russia is "Helping" His Campaign
Of course they are. It couldn't be this chaos is being introduced to further destabilize the Democratic Party.
Which. BTW. Seems to be succeeding.

They are helping Bernie at this point for the same reason they helped him in 2016--to further divide the Democratic Party, which they know is one reliable way to help Trump. If Bernie becomes the nominee, all those Russian trolls and bots that are supporting him will turn against him in a NY minute. For all we know, the Russians were trying to hurt Joe Biden, who used to be the front-runner, as they once tried to hurt Clinton. If the stake is put through Biden's bid on Super Tuesday, the Russians could very well switch up their game plan. They might stop backing Bernie and start backing whoever emerges in as Bernie's closest competitor. All in an effort to cause more Democratic chaos, conflict and confusion.

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-22 03:38 PM | Reply

@#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-22 03:38 PM
Sure, that's a theory. Russia has been backing Sen. Sander's campaigns for president for 4 years now, but if he gets the nomination (the one which Russia is currently pushing for), they might suddenly decide to go against all of their work & spending to try to assist another campaigner. If only there was some evidence to lend any sort of credence whatsoever to your theory. Do you know of any evidence that would support your theory, or is it just a mere fabrication you've devised on your own to push a narrative that suddenly, inexplicably, Russia is going to magically become anti-Sanders?

#22 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-02-22 05:13 PM | Reply

Avi, Russia has been helping Trump for 4 years as well. They supported Trump and worked against his fellow GOP candidates in the 2016 primaries. If they want Trump and they want Bernie, too, then I guess they will just say, Okay, whoever wins between the two, it's all good with us. Trump won't like that. Or are you saying, you think Putin wants Bernie over Trump? Trump won't like that either and will throw a fit under both scenarios and send everyone in his govt to stop Putin's interference this time around.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-22 05:25 PM | Reply

@GT:
I think that Russia (like every other country) weighs the impact that the 'most powerful man on the planet' is going to have on them and their interests. They then act to support whoever will advance those interests. Whether it was European papers talking up Obama and talking down Romney, or Russia promoting Sanders over Clinton, foreign entities are going to put their fingers on whatever scale they can. My theory, based on the evidence thus far, is that Russia is promoting Sanders because they figure that he is the best for their interests over his competitors in the Dem primary just as they promoted Trump over Clinton...they are doing what they expect will be best for their interests.

As far as a competition between Trump and Sanders, I hope we'll find out very soon. I expect that Russia, if they see both candidates as acceptable to their interests, will shift into a 'damage the idea of voting' to better be able to affect future elections. We shall see.

#24 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-02-22 06:00 PM | Reply

Quick fire up the illegal FISA warrants and don't tell him!

#25 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-02-22 06:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Quick fire up the illegal FISA warrants and don't tell him!"

Suppose they did? Would it really matter when Bernie and his campaign, unlike Trump and his, have nothing to hide?

#26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-22 09:02 PM | Reply

Would it really matter when Bernie and his campaign, unlike Trump and his, have nothing to hide? - #26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-22 09:02 PM

Trump had something to hide? Do please remind us of what those wire taps and warrants turned up.

#27 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-02-22 09:31 PM | Reply


Suppose they did? Would it really matter when Bernie and his campaign, unlike Trump and his, have nothing to hide?
#26 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

LOL like I said, you should only post other peoples tweets ...

#28 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-02-22 09:51 PM | Reply

Roger Stone Becomes 6th Trump Associate Convicted Under Mueller Probe

www.forbes.com

#29 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-22 10:02 PM | Reply

Stop trying to deflect. The question was what those wire taps and warrants turned up.

#30 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-02-22 10:09 PM | Reply

So that explains why he is a commie!

#3 | POSTED BY GREATAMERICAN

That means if you love Trump YOU ARE A COMMIE!

#31 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-22 10:21 PM | Reply

Quick fire up the illegal FISA warrants and don't tell him!

#25 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

Does Bernie's campaign have multiple, extensive contacts that it attempts to hide with Russians?

Not as far as we know.

So f--- off hack.

#32 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-22 10:28 PM | Reply

#28 Here ya go:

Paul Lander @paul_lander

A Pro-Trump talk show host said I saw Jesus Christ emanating from Trump.' Makes sense, just another carpenter Trump didn't pay.

#33 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-23 07:33 AM | Reply

#28 This one kills me:

Tarquin @Tarquin_Helmet

Trump's narcissism in one picture

twitter.com

#34 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-23 07:55 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Someone tell Podesta to change his password.

#35 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-02-24 11:05 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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