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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump's White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found.

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The purported details in the SVR account seemed improbable on their face: that Rich, a data director in the DNC's voter protection division, was on his way to alert the FBI to corrupt dealings by Clinton when he was slain in the early hours of a Sunday morning by the former secretary of state's hit squad.

Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian propaganda. The website's article, which attributed its claims to "Russian intelligence," was the first known instance of Rich's murder being publicly linked to a political conspiracy.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-09 09:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

BTW, soes anyone still think Julian Assange is a real journalist?:

The Russian effort to exploit Rich's tragic death didn't stop with the fake SVR bulletin. Over the course of the next two and a half years, the Russian government-owned media organizations RT and Sputnik repeatedly played up stories that baselessly alleged that Rich, a relatively junior-level staffer, was the source of Democratic Party emails that had been leaked to WikiLeaks. It was an idea first floated by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who on Aug. 9, 2016, announced a $20,000 reward for information about Rich's murder, saying -- somewhat cryptically -- that "our sources take risks."

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-09 09:26 AM | Reply

Does anyone believe Assange is a journalist? Even Assange? That's like saying Matt Drudge is a journalist.

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-07-09 09:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

LOL ...

BTW watch our new series ...

The previously unreported role of Russian intelligence in creating and fostering one of the most insidious conspiracy theories to arise out of the 2016 election is disclosed in "Yahoo News presents: Conspiracyland," a six-part series by the news organization's podcast "Skullduggery" that debuts this week on the third anniversary of Rich's murder.

This is advertising that looks like a news article, BRILLIANT.

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-09 09:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Does anyone believe Assange is a journalist? Even Assange? That's like saying Matt Drudge is a journalist.

#3 | POSTED BY comrade Pinto

Apparently Pinto does.

Hmmm, this turns out to be Russian propaganda too!

Hmmm, no collusion?????

There's looking like there is coordinated collusion between alt-right propaganda sources and the Ruskies! Go figure!

Connect the dots.

#5 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-09 10:43 AM | Reply

#5 You have the reading comprehension skills of a turnip.

#6 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-07-09 11:01 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Does anyone believe Assange is a journalist? Even Assange?"

Unfortunately, yes.

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-09 04:26 PM | Reply


@#4 ... This is advertising that looks like a news article, BRILLIANT. ...

That does not necessarily mean the information presented in the promo or the upcoming series is not correct. But if that is all you can object to in the cited arrtilce, maybe the upcoming series will be worthwhile.

btw, something I saw from a different source on the same topic:

Report: Russian intel started the Seth Rich rumor to cover for DNC hack
arstechnica.com

...There are components of the newly illuminated Rich disinformation campaign that mirror a Soviet campaign to lay blame for the AIDS crisis on the US military -- a campaign run out of the SVR's predecessor organization called Operation INFEKTION. That campaign used a 1983 story planted in an Indian newspaper as a leverage point to spread that conspiracy theory. Today, the rise of social media has made these types of operations a lot less complicated....


#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-09 05:53 PM | Reply

"Does anyone believe Assange is a journalist? Even Assange?"

The term "journalist" has increasingly become a looser and looser term. Assange is every bit as much a journalist as Maddow, Don Lemon, anyone at the NY Times. Add to that that Isakoff and Yahoo News have been deeply invested in promoting Anti-Trump Russian Collusion B.S. Assange may be a -------, but at least he does tend to be an equal opportunity offender.

#9 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2019-07-09 06:10 PM | Reply

You have the reading comprehension skills of a turnip.

#6 | POSTED BY Comrade Pinto

Which is a level above your reading comprehension hilljack!
Thanks for playing Scooter!

#10 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-09 06:33 PM | Reply

Would anyone really be surprised of the Seth Rich story was concocted by Russians?

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2019-07-09 07:35 PM | Reply

Assange is every bit as much a journalist as Maddow, Don Lemon, anyone at the NY Times.

Umm, no.

Rachel Maddow is a television host political, commentator, author ... American television host and liberal political commentator (not a journalist)
Don Lemon is a journalist who is rapidly becoming political commentator (former journalist)

Assange is NOT like anyone at the New York Times.

Reporters at the New York Times are not allowed to do what is alleged that Assange has done...i.e. to help a source break a password and or hack a computer.

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-07-09 07:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Would anyone really be surprised of the Seth Rich story was concocted by Russians?

#11 | Posted by Tor

I suspect that the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue would be, or at least he would express his doubt in that the next time he's trading jokes with his pal Vlad...

OCU

#13 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-07-09 11:15 PM | Reply

"No collusion"?:

Ryan Mac @RMac18

Yahoo News says its reviewed text messages showing Steve Bannon pushed the Seth Rich conspiracy to a 60 Mins producer while he was in the White House.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-10 12:14 AM | Reply

Fox News Execs Couldn't Figure Out Source of Retracted Seth Rich Story: Report

A Yahoo News investigation also found that, despite White House denials, one senior staffer -- Steve Bannon -- actively pushed the conspiracy theory at the time.

www.thedailybeast.com

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-10 12:22 AM | Reply

The guy who normalized Christopher Steele's crock of ---- to the world is now setting the record straight on Seth Rich? Ok.

#16 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-07-10 03:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The guy who normalized Christopher Steele's crock of ---- to the world is now setting the record straight on Seth Rich? Ok.

#16 | POSTED BY BENNY the Ruskie

The TRUTH is a foreign concept to you alt-right (R)tards because it doesn't match your beliefs in your "fascist fantasyland of make believe".

#17 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-10 07:00 PM | Reply

"fascist fantasyland of make believe".

Monson... have you read Kurt Anderson's Fantasyland: a 500 year history of how America went haywire?

It is a must read to help you understand how we got to where we are today, Trumplandia.

It also a great audio book. One of the few read by the author.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-07-10 07:23 PM | Reply

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