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TomCADem

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3. Russia Interference Is Now Openly Embraced By Republicans
Sun Apr 28, 2024, 10:33 PM
Apr 28

It has changed from being ignored in 2020 to being embraced by the GOP. In the past, Russia had to be somewhat secretive about its efforts to try to influence both members of the right and left:

https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN25U06N/

Duped by Russia, freelancers ensnared in disinformation campaign by promise of easy money

LONDON (Reuters) - When freelance journalist Laura Walters submitted a 1,000 word article about Chinese political influence in New Zealand to her new editors at non-profit media outlet Peace Data, the response was emphatic.

"I'd like to express our deep gratitude for your work," wrote Peace Data communications manager Alice Schultz in a June 15 email seen by Reuters. "It's hard to believe how totalitarian countries like China (or Russia) are finding their ways to meddle even in the strongest democracies around the globe."

But that email, from a person claiming to be Schultz, now appears to have been a small part of one such meddling attempt.

Acting on a tip from the FBI, Facebook and Twitter said on Tuesday they had identified Peace Data as the centre of a Russian political influence campaign targeting left-wing voters in the United States, Britain and other countries.


Now, many Republicans are increasingly open about their embrace of Russian propaganda knowing that they will be rewarded through in-kind support by Russia's social media operations. Trump's embrace of Putin opened the flood gates to Republicans openly collaborating with Russian propaganda efforts whether it is MTG or Tucker Carlson.

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