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On Nov. 11 — a mere month-and-a-half ago — world leaders gathered to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. There were a lot of distractions that day: The U.S. president was afraid of some rain; the Russian president was insouciantly late. Since then, there have been more distractions: the gilets jaunes (yellow vest protesters), Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s resignation, the stock market drop.
But as 2018 draws to a very strange close — during Christmas, President Trump sat alone in the White House, surrounded by the synthetic glow of television screens — it’s worth pausing to remember the speech made that day by the French president, Emmanuel Macron. If nothing else, it might point the way to a better 2019.Washington Post [Opinion]
Things to remember as we navigate this next year. They are still pushing their programs of disinformation and there are certain websites who are refusing to be diligent, some wittingly, some not, who are helping them. Some are even doing it themselves. Some even going so far as to use their Vet status to willingly peddle in fear mongering, people who have been radicalized and are doing their best to radicalize others with implied call to arms to go out and kill Americans who he does not agree with.
Much of the tweeted material comes from Russian state media outlets including the Sputnik news website, the RT television network, and Ruptly, a German-based video news agency that belongs to RT. These outlets are covering the French crisis closely; RT has said that 12 of its journalists have been injured in the protests, far more than any other news organization.Bloomberg
On that note, here is a thread that is worth reading when you get the time.
5…identified @ten_GOP as an account operated by Russian hackers. (It is part of indictment, see attached article.) The actual Tennessee Republican Party is a different account. I was told, in confidence by the intel guy, that the bogus document was first pushed out….— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 31, 2018
Here is the article he references. Fake Tennessee GOP Twitter account highlighted in indictment of 13 Russians
A defunct Twitter account masquerading as the Tennessee Republican Party is highlighted in a new federal indictment of 13 Russian nationals and a Kremlin-linked internet firm on Friday accused of attempting to meddle in U.S. elections.
The @TEN_GOP account, later linked to the Russians, “falsely claimed to be controlled by a U.S. state political party,” according to the indictment, which notes over time the account attracted more than 100,000 followers.Tennessean; By Jake Lowary USA Today Network; Feb
[Reminder: Grand Jury Indicts Thirteen Russian Individuals and Three Russian Companies for Scheme to Interfere in the United States Political System; Released February 16, 2018; DOJ]
As we look forward to the new year, we must not forget.
A New Year’s resolution to look forward to.
h/t Contended Independent