Security Analyst Clinton Watts study of Russian social media fake news streams

; Date: Sat Apr 01 2017

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In July 2016, immediately following the Attempted Coup in Turkey, fake news appeared on RT News and Sputnik News, both known as Russian Propaganda outlets, claiming that a US Military Base in Turkey had been overrun threatening the security of the large nuclear weapons cache stored at that base. Within a few minutes a whole flotilla of bot accounts on social media systems (Twitter, et al) were echoing the news release. This and other details were the subject of testimony in the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing of March 30, 2017. Clinton Watts was one of those giving testimony, giving us a clue to how social media technology is being currently utilized. The big question is whether Russia's goal ended with Trumps becoming President, or whether they're continuing to meddle in US and European politics. This is a technology story because of the means, that Russia is using channels on the Internet to conduct this warfare.

For the hearing - Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's hacking of 2016 elections

Rachel Maddow had excellent coverage on March 31, 2017.

Clearer picture of Russian 'active measures' takes shape Goes over the testimony in the hearing on March 30. (

Trump campaign rhetoric aligned with Russian propaganda Maddow talks with Clinton Watts about his observations. He asserts that the Trump Campaign is using talking points from Russian Propaganda, raising the question whether they are directly colluding with the Russians. (

White House meddling threatens Trump Russia probe integrity Ned Price, former senior director of the National Security Council, talks with Rachel Maddow about concerns that the Donald Trump administration is actively working to interrupt or pervert the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia in the 2016 election. (

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( David Herron : David Herron is a writer and software engineer focusing on the wise use of technology. He is especially interested in clean energy technologies like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. David worked for nearly 30 years in Silicon Valley on software ranging from electronic mail systems, to video streaming, to the Java programming language, and has published several books on Node.js programming and electric vehicles.