In what appears to be the biggest story in the nation that no major media networks are even talking about, the non-profit group that used fake Russian bots to run a disinformation campaign against Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election has been linked to Fusion GPS, partially funded by George Soros, and connected to democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“The groups, the Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP) and New Knowledge, partnered before the 2018 midterms to track alleged Russian disinformation networks… and both organizations have links to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as possible Trump campaign collusion.”
Naming a group an ‘integrity project’ when the group is out to trick voters and influence an election illegally seems classic democrat.
The Senate committee “provided New Knowledge with data from various social media companies as part of an investigation into Russian disinformation networks, according to a report New Knowledge released Dec. 17.”
“Two days later, news broke that New Knowledge’s chief executive was involved in a self-described ‘false flag’ operation in the special election for a Senate seat in Alabama, as was another staffer who was the lead author on the Senate report.”
The democracy ‘integrity’ project is also linked to the Senate Intelligence panel because Its founder, Daniel J. Jones, was a staffer for Democrats on SSCI and in contact with Mark Warner in early 2017.
Warner is the democratic chair of the committee, and previously made headlines when he drunkenly threatened 100 people at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event that they should “buckle up” for more revelations in the Russia investigation.
“If you get me one more glass of wine, I’ll tell you stuff only Bob Mueller and I know,” Warner quipped to the crowd, according to Politico, adding, “If you think you’ve seen wild stuff so far, buckle up. It’s going to be a wild couple of months,” Warner added.
“As part of TDIP’s own Trump-Russia investigation, the group hired Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier, however, the extent of Warner’s contact with Jones isn’t fully known.
“The collaboration between TDIP and New Knowledge, which has not been previously reported, involved a dashboard set up at the site, Disinfo2018.com, which tracked ‘social media disinformation networks — to include suspected foreign state-actors — conducting information warfare against the American public prior to the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.’”
Now, we know that the groups were behind a false flag operation against Roy Moore, using the same strategy and technique.
“The New York Times published a damning exposé Dec. 19, 2018, showing New Knowledge operatives targeted conservative Alabamans with fake Facebook pages intended to sow doubt about Roy Moore, the Republican candidate.
“The operatives also created thousands of fake Russian Twitter accounts set to follow Moore. The effect was that numerous news outlets reported Moore was being supported by a Russian disinformation network.”
Moore claimed democrats were behind the plot, but was mocked relentlessly.
“Morgan, a former State Department adviser, said the Alabama project was merely an experiment that had no impact on the special election, which was won by Democrat Doug Jones.” He also claimed that he was unaware of the activities.
Give us a break!
“New Knowledge’s Senate report on Russian disinformation networks makes clear its investigation was undertaken at the request of SSCI. But an SSCI official told TheDCNF the committee did not pay New Knowledge and TDIP has never been hired for any work. The official also noted SSCI does not necessarily endorse New Knowledge’s findings.”
“TDIP has maintained a lower profile than New Knowledge…. information that Jones, the TDIP founder, provided to the FBI was also released in an April 27, 2018, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence report.
“Jones, who registered TDIP on Jan. 31, 2017, told the FBI in late March 2017 his organization had hired Fusion GPS and Steele, a former MI6 officer, to continue investigations into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections that began with funding from the DNC and Clinton campaign. Jones also told the FBI the project had received $50 million in funding from between seven and 10 wealthy liberal donors.
“IRS records suggest TDIP did not receive all of that funding at once. Information from the nonprofit’s tax filings show the group received $9 million in 2017.
“Around the same time as his meeting with the FBI, Jones reached out to Waldman, an attorney with a myriad of links to players in the Russia saga. Waldman represented Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and has apparent links to Steele.
“Waldman told TheDCNF Jones told him that Fusion GPS was involved with TDIP. He also said Jones claimed Soros had provided funding for TDIP’s anti-Trump operation.
“Waldman also provided text messages from March 17, 2017, in which Jones said TDIP helped plant anti-Trump news stories.”
Planting fake news stories against Trump doesn’t seem to fit the democrat narrative.
“Our team helped with this,” Jones wrote to Waldman, linking to a Reuters article about Russian investment in properties owned by President Donald Trump.
Waldman also exchanged text messages with Warner suggesting that the democrat was in close contact. In an April 25, 2017, text message to Warner, Waldman said Steele had told him “Dan Jones is coming to see you.”
“The interactions between Warner, Waldman, Steele and Jones remain one of the enduring puzzles of SSCI’s Russia probe. The committee has refused to discuss the matter.”
“According to a New Yorker article published Oct. 15, 2018, an unidentified Democratic senator other than Warner contacted Jones in early 2017 to review data related to Alfa Bank, a Russian bank whose computer servers allegedly had back-channel contacts with Trump Organization computers.
“The Alfa Bank connection to Trump was first reported by Slate on Oct. 31, 2016. Alfa Bank’s founders are also accused of having cozy relations with the Kremlin in Steele’s dossier. The claims of illicit contact between Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization have remained unverified, with some computer experts doubting the theory.”
The fact that this isn’t splashed over every media network in the country tells its own tale.
Neither TDIP nor New Knowledge have commented in the new revelations.
For the past six months @NewKnowledgeAI led an investigation into Russian interference on behalf of the Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI). This was the first comprehensive look into data provided to the Senate by Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Here are the highlights:
— Jonathon Morgan (@jonathonmorgan) December 17, 2018