Disinfo: The investigations on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections produced no evidence of such interference

Summary

The investigations on Russiagate, the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 American electoral process against the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, ended up with nothing.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russiagate which denies Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. The message appeared on Sputnik in the context of Facebook's new policy to label state-controlled media, such as Sputnik itself.

Robert Mueller's investigation concluded that Russia did interfere in the 2016 elections. Mueller’s report  maintains that “the investigation did not establishthat members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”. Nevertheless, it states that Russian interference activities did take place.

The Mueller report of March 2019 contains many details about how Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, both by using social media to influence American voters with disinformation and by hacking into the Clinton campaign’s computers.

A previous (2017) report prepared by the US Intelligence Community analysed the motivation and scope of the Kremlin'sintentions for the US election and the Kremlin's use of cyber tools and media campaigns to influence US public opinion. The report concluded that Moscow interfered in the US elections and that it had carried out this effort "in sweeping and systematic fashion".

As concluded earlier by the US intelligence community and by Mueller’s own inquiry “the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts”.

Read here similar cases claiming that Russiagate is a hoax and that Russiagate never had any real basis.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Manipulated elections/referendum, Elections

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Along with the whole of America, he (US resident interviewed in the street) is pondering over who arranged it all. I think George Soros is behind this. He encourages riots and pogroms by the black population.

The investigative journalist Lara Logan is also confident that the financier George Soros is behind the protests. These protests are staged, they have their own huge network, and not only in the United States, but around the world, it is a global organisation. And many experts, politicians, do not want to talk about them, to call a spade a spade, to say that Antifa is doing it. Why? Because they have a serious patronage.

Disproof

The recurrent conspiracy narrative consisting in "always blaming George Soros".

The Russian TV report misrepresents the opinion of one US resident, collating that with a misused quotation from a Fox News journalist.

Soros backs George Floyd protests in US, Bill Gates looms nearby

From the very beginning, there was no doubt that the opponents of Donald Trump will use the unrest provoked by the death of dark-skinned George Floyd to the fullest. It is noteworthy that hotspots of tension flared up simultaneously in several states at once – as if rebel groups were just waiting for a signal from one coordination office.

Media syndicates focus exclusively one the police exceeding their powers, scaling the protest wave. In August 2014, similar events and for a similar reason happened in Ferguson, Missouri. It turned out that then the notorious financier George Soros played a large role in the riots then. Nearby looms the personality of Bill Gates, who is now interested in the Trump fiasco more than others.

Then it became known that companies and organizations controlled by Soros could be involved in financing black gangs that staged riots in Ferguson. The incriminating documents posted on the Internet by the DC Leaks hacker group testified that the preparations for the action took four years. This means that these kinds of protests were well organised, and the murder of a black man was most likely a pre-planned provocation.

For example, tax returns indicated that George Soros spent $ 33 million to support “trusted organizations representing the original interests of the American Ferguson population.” By a “strange” coincidence, it was these structures, consisting of outright radicals and even Salafists, who were in the forefront of those who organized riots and unrest in Ferguson after the murder of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown.

The current actions of media tycoons are fomenting an interracial massacre in the United States, following the Ferguson events model, to address the political agenda. And this is no coincidence. Especially from Soros.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurrent conspiracy known as "it is always George Soros' fault".

See similar narrative examples on Bill Gates.