Saturday, July 14, 2018
Russians had exploited shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota, before the 2016 elections
CNN is reporting Saturday morning that a Russian troll group deliberately exploited the shooting of Philando Castile in St. Paul, MN, and a Minnesota newspaper seems to confirm the story, here. But, worse, this collusion story had been reported in October 2017.
In that July 2016 incident, streamed on Facebook, the police officer himself was a POC.
More investigation has supported the idea that the “organization” in Illinois was a shadow set up in St. Petersburg. The story raises the question of whether "organizations" are a weaker point of subversion than "individuals" on the web.
CNN is reporting the story today because of the indictment announced against twelve Russians Firdya, just before Donald Trump is supposed to meet Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
Russians seem to be aware that Americans are divided on actually marching and shouting in demonstrations. Some will show up and film and post on blogs but not participate (the “no spectators” and “skin in the game” problems).
The Russian meddling occurred in early July 2016, even before the Republican convention which nominated Donald Trump, under Obama’s watch.