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These are smart IT tech engineers who are uncovering these fake sites and accounts

If Russia want people to believe they're not associated, why isn't Russia doing anything to go after the fakers who are giving it a bad rep

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What I'm saying is that it is not helping to improve the situation and only makes it worse when people cannot trust the government to do it's job due to such external interference to our society and democratic ideals.

You're talking to an American citizen that has suffered (and still suffering) from poverty, lived in a high crime neighborhood, been homeless, unemployed, dealing with economic instability and more for the majority of my life. Remember what they say, "Walk a mile in my shoes..." I know very well how every decision, choice, and action of the US government from the federal to the state level effects every aspect of my life.

Yes, I'm concerned about Russian espionage causing problems, and exarcebating the problems that already affect my average US citizen livelihood. Why would Russia care about using proxy agents to support the NRA? Or attempt to fiddle with societal ideals to try and manipulate the average citizens political opinions?

I'm not fearful of a "Big red threat" like the days of the USSR. I'm upset that a foreign government run by very corrupt individuals and leadership that can't even take proper care of their own people in poverty, or struggling to live a comfortable life, intend to create the same type of corruption and inequality in my country or have the audacity to even try and interfere with my life.

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Brexit and European elections - nothing proved, only speculations and claims. And nobody died, by the way. Definitely, two very different situations.

Nobody died when they were deported? Nobody took their own lives because of it?

I can't say that with any certaintly.

But it's blatantly obvious the Russian bots and trolls are global.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43093390

https://www.ft.com/content/4fb3ae34-0b98-11e8-839d-41ca06376bf2

The Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency in St Petersburg — a “troll factory” where paid trolls dream up constant news stories — just trebled its workspace to 12,000 square metres.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/14/how-400-russia-run-fake-accounts-posted-bogus-brexit-tweets

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HonestDictator,

So what you are saying is that because of alleged Russian Interference in the 2016 elections the people of Flint Michigan don't have clean drinking water and the streets of Chicago are not safe and kids in schools are not safe and the income equality gap keeps getting bigger and bigger. I believe these problems were around long before 2016. Go talk to poor people in Appalachia and see how the Russian Interference Allegations rank in their list of concerns. Go talk to poor people in Mississippi and see how the Russian Interference Allegations rank in their list of concerns. Go talk to the people who have lost their jobs and homes and see how the Russian Interference Allegations rank in their list of concerns. The U.S. has a lot of major problems that need to be addressed but yet the political establishment and media are all screaming Russia, Russia, Russia and doing nothing to address the real problems. Russia is not the cause of racism in the U.S., Russia is not the cause of gun violence in the U.S. and Russia is not the cause of poverty and income equality in the U.S., politicians need to be taking care of the real problems in the U.S. instead of looking for a scapegoat to blame for a candidate losing an election.

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MarkXAug. 21  03:43 pm JST

You would think with all of what is going on with the investigations and the like that the Russians would cool it for a while. Or are they and Putin just that brazen that they don't care, and there is nothing anybody can do about it?

Why should they care when they have the President of the United States covering for them?

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@Japan4Life you don't get it. All those problems you mentioned, the Federal and state government are supposed to help created laws and legislature that protect and support the citizens of the US. If the government is destabilized by any foreign hostile organizations, then those problems cannot be fixed because of said instability. You cannot hold up all four corners of a roof without all 4 pillars.

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Trump will take a knee, as per usual.

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@Toasted Heretic

Ok, it was proved that Saddam didn't have WMDs and it's been proved that the interference in Brexit, US and European elections emanated from Russia. Two very different situations

Yes, two very different situations. Lies by Bush and Blair are proved, and hundreds of thousands of people died as the result of that lies. Brexit and European elections - nothing proved, only speculations and claims. And nobody died, by the way. Definitely, two very different situations.

"But of course, those with a vested interest will claim that it's all nonsense. That's what they are online for".

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The political establishment and the media are the only ones in the U.S. concerned with alleged Russian interference in U.S. Elections and keeping this story alive to deflect from the real problems that the U.S. faces. Do you think people in Flint Michigan where the water is not fit to drink are concerned? Do you think people in Chicago the murder capital of the world are concerned? Do you think that parents who lost their children to gun violence are concerned? Do you think the men and women working two jobs and still not being able to make ends meet are concerned? The average U.S. citizen could care less. The Koch Brothers and the other super rich who buy and influence elections are a lot bigger threat than Russia.

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Great. Now can we disable the Russian operation in the White House?

Our country is under attack, and our complicit leadership does nothing.

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Not sure why the Internet Research Agency bots even bother anymore.

Need to make those oligarchs feel it. Hit ‘em with more sanctions. Hack their accounts.

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Pathetic claims by pathetic people.

Ok, it was proved that Saddam didn't have WMDs and it's been proved that the interference in Brexit, US and European elections emanated from Russia.

Two very different situations.

But of course, those with a vested interest in Russia will claim that it's all nonsense. That's what they are online for.

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And proof is the same as with "Saddam's nukes" and "Skripal poisoning": "we strongly believe" and "highly likely".

Pathetic claims by pathetic people.

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I have nothing against normal Russians it's their dictator and cronies the problem. And their fanatical nationalistic extremists. I knew one that even continued to claim their were "no Russian troops in Crimea" long after any other individual could spout such nonsense with a straight face.

Russia is a fake democracy. A malign and dangerous entity under its current governance. Castrate their piddle stick economy with sanctions.

The poodle in the Whitehouse needs to go first though...

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Putin really, really wants to see the Republicans keep control of the three branches of the federal government.

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A new installment of the "Find a Red under your bed!!!" series?

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Nonsense, the earth is flat. Flat, I tells ya.

The hacking and troll factories will increase, seeing as how the 2016 efforts paid off.

Putin has what he wants - the US at odds with not just its allies but itself.

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Blutty Russia, they are responsible for everything bad. Perhaps they are also responsible for the Typhoons/earthquakes/tsunami's

Duh

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Hens coming back to roost, what goes around comes around, that sort of thing given americas torrid history of election meddling.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/13/the-long-history-of-the-u-s-interfering-with-elections-elsewhere/?noredirect=on

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Microsoft didn't offer any further description of the fake sites.

Sounds like another 'FCC hack' story.

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Since when is making a fake website hacking?

Since spear fishing was hacking, so basically since Hillary lost the election.

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Since when is making a fake website hacking?

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Russia is now the first official Troll State.

Deport theirs citizens and seize their juicy assets until they stop their disgraceful behavior.

And sanctions, sanctions, sanctions.

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"this activity is most fundamentally focused on disrupting democracy," 

It's wrong for any country, regardless if it's the US, China, Russia, Israel, etc., to make any attempt to undermine a sovereign nation's political systems. 

I think most Americans want to see a properly functioning participatory democracy. For this to happen more people need to get involved in political processes, and the two political parties need to allow a wider range of voices to be involved in decision making. Or better yet more political parties need to be formed to challenge the status quo.

It’s worrying the remaining bits of US democracy are under attack from Putin and his oligarchs. 

It’s more worrying that the current US president and his political party are attempting to seize greater control for themselves and the .01% they represent, and are attempting to limit involvement from others.

Given the president's a Republican, and both the House and Senate are Republican controlled, it will be interesting - and telling - to see if additional funds and working groups will be set up to stop any foreign involvement in US elections.

No proof.

Putin's cry redux.

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 But it must be quite funny for Russians watching Americans running around hating each other.

Still better than the Russians running around killing each other with Polonium and toxic nerve gas, eh wot?

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Good, no doubt there is much proof. They're just not sharing it with us, and for good reason - proof comes at the expense of source.

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You would think with all of what is going on with the investigations and the like that the Russians would cool it for a while. Or are they and Putin just that brazen that they don't care, and there is nothing anybody can do about it?

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No proof. But it must be quite funny for Russians watching Americans running around hating each other.

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