Stefan Rousseau / AFP / Getty Images The British Embassy in Moscow used the services of a Russian catering company that was charged with conspiracy in connection with allegations of interfering in the 2016 US election as part of an indictment returned last Friday by special prosector Robert Mueller.BuzzFeed News understands that the St. Petersburg and Moscow–based company, Concord Catering, was a supplier to the UK’s diplomatic mission in the Russian capital until December 2013, just a few months before operations to interfere with the US political system allegedly began. After the contract with the catering company ended, the embassy launched a competitive tender, and Concord decided not to put itself forward for it.Still, the embassy’s logo remained on a lis...
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Washington on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S. The recipient would then have to enter a code in Facebook to continue buying the ad. The method will first apply to ads that name candidates ahead of the midterm elections in November, said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone. The plan was unveiled a day after special counsel Robert Mue
Rob Goldman, Facebook vice president for ads, tweeted about Russia’s disinformation effort. President Trump then cited him. We fact-checked Mr. Goldman.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Russian curlers say a coach on their team has told them that mixed doubles bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Women’s skip Viktoria Moiseeva says the coach ”came to tell us the news” late Sunday South Korea time. She adds the team wanted to comfort Krushelnitsky and his wife and curling partner Anastasia Bryzgalova but ”we thought that there are no words to comfort now. We just tried to stay away.” Russian Curling Federation president Dmitry Svishchev would not confirm the athlete’s name. Svishchev said it was possible that an athlete’s food or drink had been spiked with a banned...
With imperfect English and tireless posting on Facebook and Twitter, Russian trolls summoned Americans to rallies, praised Donald J. Trump and played on political divisions.
You’d be forgiven for missing Donald Trump’s multiple retweets of Facebook executive Rob Goldman over the weekend. Perhaps you were spending time with family, watching Black Panther or just attempting to forget politics for a moment by ignoring the manic flurry of social media updates from the leader of the free world. But in amongst a deluge of tweets that blamed Democrats for… Read More
Trump claimed that by investigating him, the members of his own party in Congress are helping the Russians. Trump tweeted: If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They […] The post Desperate Trump Claims That GOP Investigations Of Him Are A Russian Conspiracy appeared first on Politicus USA.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Meet The Press that his social media person in San Diego went to the Clinton campaign in September and warned them about weird Russian efforts to use his Facebook pages to say horrible things and undermine democracy. Video: A Bernie Sanders social media person warned Hillary Clinton campaign about […] The post Bernie Sanders Says His Social Media Person Warned Clinton About Russian Efforts appeared first on Politicus USA.
The president seemed to embrace the idea that sowing discord in American politics had been Russia’s aim, after previously saying little to acknowledge a threat.
Mitch McConnell refused to do the right thing for his country when the Russians attacked us. Instead, he did what he always does; when asked by President Obama to take a unified stand against Russia, McConnell threatened President Obama. The post Russian Election Meddling Is All On Mitch McConnell, Not Barack Obama appeared first on Politicus USA.