The mainstream media reports are filled with accounts of Rick Gates, while working as a Trump campaign aide and with Paul Manafort allegedly soliciting an Israeli group for help with social media manipulation to help influence the 2016 elections.
According to most of the lamestream media, Gates contacted Psy-Group, an Israeli company, to see if they could use their product to create fake media identities that could then be used to sway others using social media.
The first one to report this was the New York Times, a media outlet that has been known for its anti-Trump fake news stories in the past.
Naturally, every other lamestream media outlet latched onto the NYT report and are running with it.
Yet, a few sources report that Pys-Group contacted Rick Gates and tried to sell their services, but that the Trump campaign never bought into it.
(Daily Intelligencer) – Before Donald Trump locked up the GOP nomination in 2016, Rick Gates, the onetime deputy to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, reached out to Israeli intelligence firm Psy-Group and asked for proposals for running an online disinformation campaign, according to the New YorkTimes.
Gates wanted to use fake social media personas to ensure Trump was the favorite of delegates at the Republican National Convention. He wanted to collect opposition research and build “intelligence dossiers” on Hillary Clinton and her aides. And he wanted to use social media to sow division and deepen rifts among the American electorate. The goal was always to help Trump win the presidency…
(Vox) – New reports over the past two days have brought new attention to three long-simmering subplots in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
First, the Wall Street Journal revealed new details about GOP operative Peter W. Smith’s quest to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers during the 2016 campaign — including that he raised at least $100,000 for the effort and then pitched in $50,000 of his own money. (Smith was found dead last year, and local authorities ruled his death a suicide.)
Second, the New Yorker revisited the question of mysterious online communications between a Russian bank and a domain tied to the Trump Organization. This topic came up during the campaign and was received skeptically, but now the New Yorker quotes experts who’ve reviewed the data and still suspect there’s something there.
Third, the New York Times revealed that an Israeli firm called Psy-Group pitched its “social media manipulation” services to Trump campaign aide Rick Gates in early 2016, but that Gates didn’t hire the firm. Mueller’s team has been investigating Psy-Group closely for months for reasons that are not entirely clear but seem to be about whether the firm did in fact do work on behalf of Trump’s campaign….
When I did a search on Rick Gates, the vast majority of hits were the once by lamestream media outlets reporting that Gates had sought out the Israeli firm.
Only a few reported that it was the Israeli firm who contacted Gates.
About the only things that all of the reports got right were Rick Gates name, the name of Pys-Group and that no action was ever taken to use the service.
Other than that, it’s left up to the public to choose who to believe, but I know who NOT to believe.
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