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The Special Counsel Report describes efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. See Special Counsel Report 36–65; see also Indictment, United States v. Netyksho, No. 18-cr-215 (D.D.C. July 13, 2018), Dkt. 1 (indictment against multiple Russian intelligence officers based on the alleged hacking and leaking of private documents belonging to Democratic officials). But the indictment, which alleges that privateRussian entities and individuals conducted an “information warfare” campaign designed to sow discord among U.S. voters, Indictment ¶ 10, does not link the defendants to the Russian government. Save for a single allegation that Concord and Concord Catering had several “government contracts” (with no further elaboration), id. ¶ 11, the indictment alleges only private conduct by private actors
The Report, however, identifies the social media efforts alleged in the indictment as one of “two principal interference operations in the 2016 U.S. presidential election” carried out by the Russians. Special Counsel Reportat 9; see also id. at 14 (similar). The Report also refers to the defendants’ “social media operations” as “active measures”—a term of art “that typically refers to operations conducted by Russian security services aimed at influencing the course of international affairs.” Id. at 14 (emphasis added); see also id. at i, iv, 14, 35, 174. Elsewhere, the Report states that “[defendant Yevgeniy Viktorovich] Prigozhin is widely reported to have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.” Id. at 4. And more significantly, the concluding paragraph of the section of the Report related to Concord states that the Special Counsel’s“investigation establishedthat Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election through the ‘active measures’ social media campaign carried out by” Concord’s co-defendant, the Internet Research Agency (IRA).Id. at 35 (emphasis added). By attributing IRA’s conduct to “Russia”—as opposed to Russian individuals or entities—the Report suggests that the activities alleged in the indictment were undertaken on behalf of, if not at the direction of, the Russian government
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: Grambler
It will be interesting to see how Bob Mueller addresses this when he appears before Congress on July 17th. If Congress has time to get to the question. Their time with Mueller has been trimmed way back from what I understand.