10.12.18

IS THERE NOTHING THE RUSSIANS CAN'T DO?

First it was supposed hacking of the 2016 presidential election.

Now it's riling up the Third Estate.  "France opened a probe into possible Russian interference behind the country’s Yellow Vest protests, after reports that social-media accounts linked to Moscow have increasingly targeted the movement."

I suppose social media provide propagandists with prodigious platforms compared with scratchy shortwave signals from Radio Moscow, and yet the agitprop so promulgated seems amateurish.  "Russia has been criticized for using social media to influence elections in the U.S. and elsewhere. Attempts to use fake news reports and cyberattacks to undercut the 2017 campaign of French President Emmanuel Macron failed, but Russian-linked sites have pushed questionable reports of a mutiny among police, and of officers’ support for the protests."

I suppose as long as unexpected things happen, there will be people whose first instinct is to look for a grassy knoll.

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