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Fusion GPS-Linked Group Worked With Tech Company Tied To Russian ‘False Flag’ Operation
Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2019 | Chuck Ross

Posted on 01/10/2019 10:34:02 PM PST by Trump_the_Evil_Left

A non-profit group linked to Fusion GPS has ties to a cybersecurity firm recently implicated in a self-described “false flag” operation in the Alabama Senate race.

The Democracy Integrity Project, which works with Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele, partnered before the 2018 midterms with New Knowledge, an Austin-based firm that has been tied to an operation that created fake Russian bots in Alabama’s December 2017 special election.

New Knowledge recently produced a report for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and TDIP’s founder was in contact with two Democrats from the committee.

A nonprofit group linked to Fusion GPS and partially funded by George Soros worked in recent months with a technology company implicated in a scheme to use fake Russian bots during Alabama’s special Senate election.

The groups, the Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP) and New Knowledge, partnered before the 2018 midterms to track alleged Russian disinformation networks, a website the organizations collaboratively run shows.

Both organizations have links to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as possible Trump campaign collusion.

SSCI provided New Knowledge with data from various social media companies as part of an investigation into Russian disinformation networks, according to a report New Knowledge released Dec. 17. Two days later, news broke that New Knowledge’s chief executive was involved in a self-described “false flag” operation in the special election for a Senate seat in Alabama, as was another staffer who was the lead author on the Senate report.

TDIP is also linked to the Senate Intelligence panel. Its founder, Daniel J. Jones, was previously a staffer for Democrats on SSCI. He was also in contact in early 2017 with Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the Democratic vice chairman of SSCI. As part of TDIP’s own Trump-Russia investigation, the group hired Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier.

The extent of Warner’s contacts with Jones remain unclear.

The collaboration between TDIP and New Knowledge, which has not been previously reported, involved a dashboard set up at the site, Disinfo2018.com, which tracked “social media disinformation networks — to include suspected foreign state-actors — conducting information warfare against the American public prior to the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.”

The project appears similar to Hamilton 68, a dashboard operated by the Alliance for Security Democracy. Jonathon Morgan, the founder of New Knowledge, helped create Hamilton 68 and has appeared frequently in the media to discuss Russia’s disinformation efforts.

In an interview with BBC, Morgan claimed Russians were behind #ReleaseTheMemo, the hashtag used to call for the release of a memo from House Intel Republicans that questioned the FBI’s reliance on the unverified Steele dossier to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

But New Knowledge and Morgan are now known for their tactics during the December 2017 Alabama special election.

The New York Times published a damning exposé Dec. 19, 2018, showing New Knowledge operatives targeted conservative Alabamans with fake Facebook pages intended to sow doubt about Roy Moore, the controversial Republican candidate.

The operatives also created thousands of fake Russian Twitter accounts set to follow Moore. The effect was that numerous news outlets reported Moore was being supported by a Russian disinformation network.

New Knowledge has come under heavy criticism following the report, largely because the firm’s tactics in Alabama so closely mirrored the Russian efforts they say they oppose. Morgan, a former State Department adviser, said the Alabama project was merely an experiment that had no impact on the special election, which was won by Democrat Doug Jones.

The Washington Post reported New Knowledge authored a document describing the Alabama false flag operation, but Morgan has denied that claim and said he was unaware of most of the activities detailed in it.

New Knowledge’s Senate report on Russian disinformation networks makes clear its investigation was undertaken at the request of SSCI. But an SSCI official told TheDCNF the committee did not pay New Knowledge and TDIP has never been hired for any work. The official also noted SSCI does not necessarily endorse New Knowledge’s findings.

TDIP has maintained a lower profile than New Knowledge. Most of what’s known about the group has been revealed only through Adam Waldman, an attorney who had contact with the organization in 2017. Information that Jones, the TDIP founder, provided to the FBI was also released in an April 27, 2018, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence report.

Jones, who registered TDIP on Jan. 31, 2017, told the FBI in late March 2017 his organization had hired Fusion GPS and Steele, a former MI6 officer, to continue investigations into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections that began with funding from the DNC and Clinton campaign. Jones also told the FBI the project had received $50 million in funding from between seven and 10 wealthy liberal donors.

IRS records suggest TDIP did not receive all of that funding at once. Information from the nonprofit’s tax filings show the group received $9 million in 2017.

Around the same time as his meeting with the FBI, Jones reached out to Waldman, an attorney with a myriad of links to players in the Russia saga. Waldman represented Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and has apparent links to Steele.

Waldman told TheDCNF Jones told him that Fusion GPS was involved with TDIP. He also said Jones claimed Soros had provided funding for TDIP’s anti-Trump operation. (RELATED: Soros Has Given $1 Million To Group Linked To Fusion GPS For Trump-Russia Investigation)

Waldman also provided text messages from March 17, 2017, in which Jones said TDIP helped plant anti-Trump news stories.

“Our team helped with this,” Jones wrote to Waldman, linking to a Reuters article about Russian investment in Florida properties owned by President Donald Trump.

Waldman also exchanged text messages with Warner that suggested the Virginia Democrat was in close contact with Jones.

In an April 25, 2017, text message to Warner, Waldman said Steele had told him “Dan Jones is coming to see you.”

The interactions between Warner, Waldman, Steele and Jones remain one of the enduring puzzles of SSCI’s Russia probe. The committee has refused to discuss the matter.

But Warner was not Jones’s only Democratic contact on SSCI.

According to a New Yorker article published Oct. 15, 2018, an unidentified Democratic senator other than Warner contacted Jones in early 2017 to review data related to Alfa Bank, a Russian bank whose computer servers allegedly had back-channel contacts with Trump Organization computers.

The Alfa Bank connection to Trump was first reported by Slate on Oct. 31, 2016. Alfa Bank’s founders are also accused of having cozy relations with the Kremlin in Steele’s dossier. The claims of illicit contact between Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization have remained unverified, with some computer experts doubting the theory.

Neither TDIP nor New Knowledge responded to multiple requests for comment.


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Senator Mark Warner and others on the Senate Intel Committee (officially known as Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) have lots to answer for!!

Mitch needs to clean house on that committee.

More importantly, all aspects of this scandal must be exposed and guilty parties punished.

1 posted on 01/10/2019 10:34:02 PM PST by Trump_the_Evil_Left
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left
Both organizations have links to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

New Knowledge also has links to military intelligence, I documented on a previous thread--the rot goes very high and very deep.

2 posted on 01/10/2019 10:59:57 PM PST by Fedora
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left
Senator Mark Warner and others on the Senate Intel Committee (officially known as Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) have lots to answer for!!

Agreed.

Does the majority leader (McConnell) have any say on who the derps appoint to committees?

Serious question cause I don't know.

3 posted on 01/10/2019 11:00:43 PM PST by bagster ("Even bad men love their mamas".)
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left

Bump for reference


4 posted on 01/10/2019 11:05:44 PM PST by Robert357 ( Dan Rather was discharged as "medically unfit" on May 11, 1954.)
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left

[ The Democracy Integrity Project, which works with Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele, partnered before the 2018 midterms with New Knowledge, an Austin-based firm that has been tied to an operation that created fake Russian bots in Alabama’s December 2017 special election. ]

Well, then it seems that military tribunals are in order.


5 posted on 01/10/2019 11:06:54 PM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left

So when does it come out that Fusion GPS is a front group for the CIA?


6 posted on 01/10/2019 11:07:47 PM PST by bkopto
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To: bkopto

I don’t doubt you on the but do you have a link or can you define the connection?


7 posted on 01/10/2019 11:22:50 PM PST by yesthatjallen
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To: bagster

Normally each party gets to appoint their own committee members. Whether McConnell has any special power to decided to exclude opposing party members from a committee, I don’t know, but he sure could raise hell with Schumer in various ways if Schumer does not cooperate. Whether the Turtle will really put the screws to Schumer over this, who knows?


8 posted on 01/10/2019 11:23:59 PM PST by Trump_the_Evil_Left (FReeper formerly known as Enchante (registered Sept. 5, 2001), back from the wild....)
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left

Wonder if anyone can follow these long sentences?

The anti-American, global socialist, DNC and their near universally aligned mass media psyops arm, may as well just nominate Putin, and some of the old Politburo members, (*who have held seats in parliament since 91’), and nominate some of Putin’s favorite FSB agents from the Kremlin, **who have been conspiring so successfully with the anti-American DNC, to DNC seats up for the 2020 election!

The DNC really owes it to Kremlin foreign service agents, even while Kremlin FSB agents were paid millions by HRC’s DNC funds, for information to bring about a coup attempt!

Almost everything and everyone - the Clinton’s, Obama’s, the DNC/Uniparty, and their owned IC, DOJ, mass media, left wing academia, and entertainment bed-fellows, serve and conspire with, Russia, China, hegimonic Sharia, or those seeking to subvert a free America, to destroy liberty, Christianity, and conservatism, in order to replace it with a totalitarian global socialist government.


9 posted on 01/10/2019 11:32:46 PM PST by patriotfury ((May the fleas of a thousand camels occupy mo' ham mads tents!))
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To: patriotfury

“... or those seeking to subvert a free America, SEEK to destroy liberty...”

Wow confused myself!

Getting late!


10 posted on 01/10/2019 11:38:31 PM PST by patriotfury ((May the fleas of a thousand camels occupy mo' ham mads tents!))
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To: yesthatjallen

No, I’m just being cynical, but let’s say that I would not be surprised if....


11 posted on 01/10/2019 11:42:43 PM PST by bkopto
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To: Fedora

Jonathon Morgan of New Knowledge helped create Hamilton 68... which brings this up:

Russian bots promote pro-gun messages after Florida school shooting, CNN ^
CNN)Russia-linked bots are promoting pro-gun messages on Twitter in an attempt to sow discord in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting, monitoring groups say. Hashtags, topics, and URLs related to the shooting overwhelmingly feature in the tweets pushed by these automated Twitter accounts in the past 48 hours, according to Hamilton 68, a tool launched by the Alliance for Securing Democracy to track what it describes as “Russian propaganda and disinformation efforts online.” The Alliance is a group housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) think tank to “defend against, deter, and raise the costs... https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/16/us/russian-bots-florida-shooting-intl/index.html

Which makes it possible if not probable that these so-called Russian bots with pro-gun messages may have been Democrat operatives- just as they were in the Alabama special election.


12 posted on 01/10/2019 11:47:16 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa

Well that’s interesting. . .


13 posted on 01/11/2019 12:02:58 AM PST by Fedora
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left

BUMP


14 posted on 01/11/2019 12:09:05 AM PST by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't waiting. Do it today.)
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To: Pajamajan

terrific article. why isn’t such info all over the FakeNewsMSM? so many connections worth following up. so much treachery.

also good today:

10 Jan: Daily Caller: Sidney Powell: How Did The Wife Of A Mueller Protege End Up Hearing Mueller’s Case?
https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/10/mueller-protege

10 Jan: GatewayPundit: Joe Hoft: BREAKING: Staunch Hillary Supporter is the Same Source Behind the Bogus Trump-Russia Bank Connections and Bogus Elements in Steele Dossier
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/01/breaking-staunch-hillary-supporter-is-the-same-source-behind-the-bogus-trump-russia-bank-connections-and-the-bogus-steele-dossier/


15 posted on 01/11/2019 12:58:53 AM PST by MAGAthon
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left

Senator Mark Warner is up to his pitted neck in this!! HE IS DIRTY AS HELL!


16 posted on 01/11/2019 2:16:02 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left

Since Barr is best buds with Mueller, nothing will happen with this or Clintons...but hopefully our side, which is really just PDJT, will know how to expose such in real time, not hind sight.


17 posted on 01/11/2019 2:43:20 AM PST by CincyRichieRich (Either the Wall gets built or America becomes a democrat socialist state.)
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"The Democracy Integrity Project, which works with Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele, partnered before the 2018 midterms with New Knowledge, an Austin-based firm that has been tied to an operation that created fake Russian bots in Alabama’s December 2017 special election."

So GPS ran this -- with Jones as a cut-out -- to 'prove' those dasterdly Russkies meddled in the special election, but Dickerson and Morgan and Mehlhorn couldn't stop bragging about having done it. And now Matt Osborne too.

And now these four are going to do time (it doesn't help Melhorn that his first name is Dmitri), because they are going to be pursued and indicted by the same people dey was trying to helps LOFL.

18 posted on 01/11/2019 3:45:20 AM PST by StAnDeliver ("Mueller personally delivered US uranium to Russia.")
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"So when does it come out that Fusion GPS is a front group for the CIA?

Whoa Nellie (Ohr...)

19 posted on 01/11/2019 3:47:14 AM PST by EasySt ( Praise the Lord and pass the meme-unition!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Staunch Hillary Supporter is the Same Source Behind the Trump-Russia Connections and Steele Dossier
The Gateway Pundit | January 10, 2019 | Jim Hoft
Posted on 01/10/2019 10:49:09 AM PST by detective
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3718831/posts

Hillary’s agents pushed anti-Trump Prague tale before — and after — 2016 election
The Washington Times | January 6, 2019 | Rowan Scarborough
Posted on 01/07/2019 1:10:26 PM PST by detective
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3718032/posts


20 posted on 01/11/2019 4:11:25 AM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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