MEGHAN Markle fan Twitter accounts that post "obsessively" about her have been linked to Russian conspiracy theories, an investigation has found. Accounts within a Duchess of Sussex Twitter community were analysed and about 1,000 found to have tweeted more than two-and-a-half-million times since September, the Telegraph reports. One of the widely followed accounts by Meghan fans questioned the Salisbury Novichok attack and another, with the second highest number of pro-Duchess followers, indicated "bot-like activity". Research from 89up found there was an "unusually high reach" for the community of Meghan Markle fans. Josh Feldberg, Director of Digital at 89up said: “There is highly suspicious activity on Twitter around search terms linked to the Duchess of Sussex. "It is unclear the extent to which this content is automated, but the prevalence of strange Twitter usernames and the overlap between accounts that tweet primarily about politics but also tweet extensively about the … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle fan Twitter accounts that post ‘obsessively’ about Duchess ‘linked to Russian conspiracy theories’
World Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller will “get to Russian conspiracy” in the ongoing investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Moscow, former federal prosecutor and legal analyst Glenn Kirschner has said. Trump campaign officials “could collude, they were colluding, and all of this is so nefarious,” Kirschner argued in a Tuesday interview with MSNBC’s Deadline: White House news program. “It’s not reckless, it’s not happenstance, it’s not careless,” he said. Kirshner discussed comments made by prosecutor Andrew Weissman, which were reported by The New York Times from a hearing for Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. In a redacted transcript of the hearing, Weissmann suggested that Manafort was supposed to be the spokesperson for an allegedly Kremlin-linked plan to split Ukraine, a move that would be in Russia’s favor. Weissmann was … [Read more...] about Mueller Probe ‘Going to Get to Russian Conspiracy,’ Former Federal Prosecutor Says
Eli Rosenberg, The Washington Post Published 9:51 am PST, Saturday, January 12, 2019 (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 7, 1997 shows a picture of late Jeanne Calment during a memorial mass at the Primatiale Sainte-Trophime church. - What if Jeanne Calment's longevity record was a fraud? Russian researchers have concluded an incredible sleight of hand between the French woman and her daughter, provoking interest and controversy in the scientific community. Jeanne Calment died at the age of 122 years and 164 days in 1997 - a world record of longevity of all genders. less (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 7, 1997 shows a picture of late Jeanne Calment during a memorial mass at the Primatiale Sainte-Trophime church. - What if Jeanne Calment's longevity record was a ... more Photo: GEORGES GOBET, AFP/Getty Images … [Read more...] about The world’s oldest person record stood for decades. Then came a Russian conspiracy theory.
World International Affairs A conspiracy theorist who peddled fake news about Hillary Clinton has just been put in charge of Italy’s state-run media. Marcello Foa, a Euroskeptic journalist who claimed that Clinton participated in a Satanic dinner with John Podesta and who pushes pro-Russia views, has been named chairman of the Italian state broadcaster known as Rai. Some journalists in Italy have said that they are concerned about what this might mean for press freedom in the country, and some analysts say RAI could face a series of resignations in the wake of the news. “This move will slaughter pluralism, competence, respect for the rules and respect for professionalism within (RAI),” Michele Anzaldi, an official in the center-left Partito Democratico and a member of RAI’s oversight committee in parliament, told Reuters. Marcello Foa, the new head of Rai, poses in front of cameras on September 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Simona Granati/Getty Images … [Read more...] about Pro-Russian Conspiracy Theorist Marcello Foa Is Now in Charge of Italy’s State Media
By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON — Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, according to an indictment announced days before President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The indictment represents special counsel Robert Mueller’s first charges against Russian government officials for interfering in American politics, an effort U.S. intelligence agencies say was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The 29-page indictment lays out how, months before Americans went to the polls, Russian officers schemed to break into key Democratic email accounts, including those belonging to the Clinton campaign, Democratic National Committee chairman John Podesta and the Democratic … [Read more...] about Russian government officials now accused of U.S. election meddling, in indictment