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Putin likely directed 2020 election meddling, U.S. report finds

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By Christopher Bing, Joseph Menn and Raphael Satter

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Not saying Putin is an angel but i think the problem is a lot closer to home.

The Silicon Valley Technocracy most certainly played a big part swinging the 2020 election.

And no I’m not a Trump supporter

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U.S. intelligence agencies and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller previously concluded that Russia also interfered in the 2016 U.S. election to boost Trump's candidacy with a campaign of propaganda aimed at harming his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

But Trump supporters continue to dismiss those conclusions, instead believe reports from the Kremlin's and other far right media outlets.

The report also punctured a counter-narrative pushed by Trump's allies that China was interfering on Biden's behalf,

And yet Trump supporters and others in the global far right continue

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And yet Trump supporters and others in the global far right continue

to spread Trump's lieS of all sizes.

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The Silicon Valley Technocracy most certainly played a big part swinging the 2020 election.

Save conspiracy theory KISS bait for Parler, RT, Breitbart and other far right outlets.

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What? How dare they!

The U.S. has never interfered in other countries' elections.

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The U.S. has never interfered in other countries' elections.

We have, but only for good reason and with an eye towards democracy. s/

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Time to show the Russians in general and Putin in particular some consequences that actually have teeth. Freezing overseas assets particularly Putin's ill-gotten funds, selectively cutting off access to the SWIFT banking system, selecting individuals for Interpol scrutiny. And that is just a start. If that doesn't work, how about fast-tracking Ukraine and Georgia for NATO membership.

Putin wakes up everyday and thinks about how to cause the West discomfort. Let's return the favor.

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Nothing new here. I think we all knew Putin would try to get Trump elected again. Trump is Russia's preferred candidate and they know they have the support of Trump and his fans.

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The Silicon Valley Technocracy most certainly played a big part swinging the 2020 election. 

This is quite the conspiracy about which you are theorizing. Any evidence to share with us?

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Remember, these are the folks who insisted that there were WMDs in Iraq, citing as evidence the WMDs they'd originally insisted were fired from Iran.

Given that the alternative narrative to the Trump received a record high number of votes, beat only by the even bigger number of people who voted for Biden, and therefore a massive number of Americans are comfortable with a lying, racist, corrupt, White Supremacist leader is to blame foreigners, of course we're going to be told that there is evidence to support blaming the foreigners.

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The Silicon Valley Technocracy most certainly played a big part swinging the 2020 election. 

Where ever did you hear such a thing? Do tell more, sounds fascinating.

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The U.S. has never interfered in other countries' elections.

We have, but only for good reason and with an eye towards democracy. s/"

LOL...nice one.

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Remember, these are the folks who insisted that there were WMDs in Iraq

These are actually not the same folks at all. Different administration, different officials.

Unless by "folks" you are putting the entire USA in the same basket.

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China and Russia, the proverbial "rock" and a "hard place", present formidable challenges for Biden's foreign policy while he struggles to extricate himself from the swamp of domestic ills that spread wider and went deeper under the corrupt mismanagement of his unspeakably incompetent predecessor.

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RichardPierce: Remember, these are the folks who insisted that there were WMDs in Iraq

Wow, talk about a trip down memory lane. We're coming up on the 20th anniversary. What do you use to erode confidence in US intelligence when you're talking to someone who is under 40 years old?

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The report named Derkach, who met with Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani in 2019, as someone whose movements were being tracked, if not directed, by Putin.

And there it is in black and white - collusion in its purist form...

"Putin had purview over the activities of Andriy Derkach," the report said. "Other senior officials also participated in Russia's election influence efforts - including senior national security and intelligence officials who we assess would not act without receiving at least Putin's tacit approval."

The Master helping get his Puppet reelected....

Trump-world is nothing more than the North American Chapter of the Russian intelligence services....

And Trump supporters are the ones being deceived and manipulated...Putin sees them all as "comrades in arms"....

To Make Russia Great Again...

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Well if the country's mainstream media can sprout unverfied claims with no reprecussions it is basically free for all propanda cause they form their own "trusted" sources.

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The report named Derkach, who met with Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani in 2019, as someone whose movements were being tracked, if not directed, by Putin.

rudy is in for a lot of trouble, and he doesn't have much money, so not long before he starts singing.

donald on the other hand, was, is and always will be putin's puppy!!!

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country's mainstream media can sprout unverfied claims with no reprecussions

Curious which country you're referring to. The US has laws protecting against slander and libel. Re repercussions, conspiracy theory spouting entertainers like Bill O'Reilly have lost sponsorship because of their wack claims; the market decided against him. Perhaps an example of spouting unverified claims would be Tucker Carlson being allowed to spread 'intentional misinformations' (aka tuckercarlsons) because as Fox's legal teams have stated in court he's just an entertainer, not someone to be taken seriously. Another example of media spouting unverified claims would be all those outlets that continue to spread Trump's big lieS.

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Still don’t understand what “election meddling” means.

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There is zero evidence that Biden is cozy with China, but there is ample evidence that Trump is cozy with Russia and Is Russia’s preferred president. Putin was able to play Trump like a fiddle because Trump is an incompetent buffoon.

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There is zero evidence that Biden is cozy with China,

There is a lot of evidence, the problem is the msm won't report on it, but at least for once Wray and Durham on looking more into it. Look how it took for the media to at least acknowledge the allegations against Cuomo, they tried and tried to avoid it, but now they have to face reality and finally do their jobs, can't blame Trump or Roger Stone anymore.

but there is ample evidence that Trump is cozy with Russia

Mueller and 18 Democrat lawyers couldn't find it and they tried. Now does that mean the Russians didn't meddle in our election as the Chinese did in this one, they probably did, I think so, but given we do the same, we can't really point the finger and scream outrage, can we? No, we can't.

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There is a lot of evidence, the problem is the msm won't report on it

You’re seriously claiming Fox “News” isn’t reporting on alleged connections between Biden and China? Wow. Well, don’t be shy, provide us links.

Mueller and 18 Democrat lawyers couldn't find it and they tried.

You don’t need an investigation to read Trump’s tweets and use YouTube to watch his comments about Russia.

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