(CNN )Donald Trump is ideal that somebody is aiming to rig the United States election , however it is not Hillary Clinton: it is the Kremlin, and Trump is an accomplice, whether he understands it.
Trump has actually parroted a minimum of one claims which started in the Kremlin media. He has actually gained from Kremlin-linked hackers, and there are tips that his online assistance is being affected by Russian-linked social networks accounts.
Moreover, social networks are themselves a battlefield for impact in the election, and there are tips that the Kremlin might be trying to move the argument there with a network of phony, automated (“bot”) and semi-automated (“cyborg”) accounts.
The prime example is the now-notorious case where Trump read out a quote from a dripped e-mail
, supposedly from Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal, stating that she was accountable for the death of 4 United States diplomats in Benghazi in 2011.
The quote was in fact composed by Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald, who exposed Trump’s claim and traced it back to a Sputnik short article
(now erased). Inning accordance with Eichenwald’s follow-up piece,
“American intelligence identified that the incorrect file (…) was initially changed by a Russian operative and fed onto the web through Reddit. From there, it was gotten and tweeted as part of a collaborated Russian project.”
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