A Dec. 28 article in The Nation by Aaron Maté exposed again, in great detail, the absurd lack of substance of the claim of Russian intelligence interference and even “influence” on the 2016 U.S. election, the tattered rag now being held up as a flag by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
It is truer than ever that the foreign intelligence agency actually interfering then, and still now, is the British Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6.
Maté picks to pieces the “big new report” released last week by the Committee’s leaders, Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Richard Burr, and produced by Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Research Project and the firm New Knowledge. This report was greeted breathlessly by the New York Times, for example, “It looks increasingly as though Russian disinformation changed the direction of American history.”
Maté easily substantiates his conclusions about this report:”We can draw this picture of Russian social-media activity: It was mostly unrelated to the 2016 election; microscopic in reach, engagement, and spending; and juvenile or absurd in its content. This leads to the inescapable conclusion, as the New Knowledge study acknowledges, that the operation’s focus on elections was merely a small subset of its activity.”
He then recapitulates the current hilarious dénouement: New Knowledge itself has been “whistleblown” to have used the microtargeted social media fake-news strategies it attributed to the Russian military intelligence, the GRU, to swing the 2018 Alabama Senate race against GOP candidate Roy Moore; and both it
and its donors are under investigation, banned from Facebook, and so forth. LaRouchePAC has already reported this.
Senators Warner and Burr have thus far been quite circumspect on this matter.