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Report: FBI Investigating Right Wing Websites for Possible Russia Ties

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We already know right wing websites like Breitbart and InfoWars distributed a mountain of bullshit during the 2016 election, and we already know bots were used to spread fake news during the election, but the FBI is reportedly investigating the possibility that the two sides coordinated their efforts.

According to McClatchy, the FBI is investigating the possibility because the publication of explosive fake news stories and the promotion of them through bots seemed to coincide with Trump's poll numbers taking a dive.

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.

The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said.

Notably, this investigation is being handled by the FBI's counter-intelligence division which is an indication that they already have some degree of confidence that foreign intelligence operatives were involved.

I posit that InfoWars would have published the same insane bullshit regardless of the political situation because that's what Alex Jones has been doing for 20 years, but Breitbart is a more complicated story primarily because former Breitbarters are now members of Trump's White House staff. This could be the first link between former Breitbart chief Steve Bannon and Russian intelligence.

  • muselet

    Absolutely, what InfoWars published would have been no different, Russian bots or no Russian bots. However, I don’t honestly think Dead Andy’s stories would have been much different, either, except the stories might have been even more outrageous to try to maximize traffic.

    Yes, I’m saying Russian interference in the election made Dead Andy slightly less irresponsible. And now my head hurts.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    It shouldn’t surprise me at this point but it still kind of shocking to realize how comfortable Conservatives are with everything Russia did in this election while they still challenge other people’s patriotism or desire to see America kept safe from harm.

    They are openly allowing Trump to weaken America on behalf of Vladimir Putin after years of bleating out nonsense about the “World Apology Tour” these idiots ascribed to Barack Obama simply because those are words that spewed out of Sean Hannity’s mouth.

    There really is no issue, no matter how serious they are not willing to degrade into something akin to “Obama’s golfing” or “Tan Suit-Gate” or saluting while holding a coffee cup.

  • Now, I want to hear what Breitbart readers think about their being duped by the Russians. Nothing like the smell of treason in the morning.

    • RD

      lol. The Russian theory was dreamed up by the leftist media. They keep looking and looking because they are sure there is something. Yet they can not seem to find anything. Don’t you think if they had anything it would already be splashed all over CNN? Yet ignore what Obama said over a hot mic to the Russian ambassador. I believe it went something like this, Wait till after the election I will more flexibility then. mmm flexibility on what? lol.

      • Flexibility on where NATO will put their missile defense system. Russia didn’t want it where they were going to put it. A GOP dominated Congress wouldn’t let the President have any room to maneuver. Once the election was over he thought he would have more flexibility because the GOP couldn’t make it a campaign issue (ie, use the charge that he was weak on foreign policy and wasn’t standing up to Putin). But that’s nothing compared to Herr Gropenfuhrer forcing Uncle Sam to bend over and grab his ankles for Putin. Sorry but you’re fishing in the wrong pond. Maybe go back to Breitbart where there are like-minded useful idiots and traitors with whom you can play.

        • Aynwrong

          Well said.

      • JMAshby

        Sockpuppet alert.

      • Scopedog

        lol. The Russian theory was dreamed up by the leftist media. They keep looking and looking because they are sure there is something. Yet theycan not seem to find anything. Don’t you think if they had anything it would already be splashed all over CNN?

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