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I think the phony "walkaway" campaign is one of my favorites. Most of the people pushing this garbage on Twitter always seem to have the same story: "I was a Democrat until 2016, then I saw the light because Hillary and now MAGA!" I lot of them I've noticed have similar username layouts, and post nothing but pro-Trump propaganda, no indication at all that "I used to be Dem or liberal blah blah blah".

Walk away is a Russian operation. Plain and simple. Weaponized concern trolling.

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little more than a year ago, I posted and pinned the following predictive tweet: “Get ready. A year from right now we'll be up to our asses in Russian fake news, malware, hacks, mayhem aimed at the midterms. Pinning this.” Granted, it wasn’t a difficult forecast knowing what we knew at the time.

Today, in addition to prior intelligence community assessments indicating that Russia attacked the presidential election with the intention of helping Donald Trump win, the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee has released its own verification of the intelligence community’s conclusions: “The Committee believes the conclusions of the [intelligence community assessment] are sound, and notes that collection and analysis subsequent to the ICA's publication continue to reinforce its assessments.”

The committee will continue its probe from this position. It’s also worth noting that the committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said publicly that the committee has “been incredibly enlightened at our ability to rebuild backwards the Steele dossier up to a certain date.” Burr and company reportedly continue to communicate with Christopher Steele’s legal representation to corroborate the remainder of the document.

All told, those of us who are keeping track of the revelations from both Robert Mueller’s office and the Intelligence Committee know what’s what. And that includes Vladimir Putin’s ongoing "active measures" meant to disrupt American democracy.

So far in the 2018 cycle, we haven’t seen any evidence of hacker attacks similar to what transpired in early 2016 and throughout that year, with malicious Russian hackers linked to that nation's military intelligence agency, the GRU, infiltrating Democratic Party accounts then releasing the stolen emails through WikiLeaks. Anyone who’s spent time in the harrowing weeds of political Twitter recently, however, has surely witnessed the prevalence of trolls and bots swarming popular liberals and “blue checks” while simultaneously spreading propaganda designed to influence the outcome of the election.

One of the present-day agitprop campaigns linked to Putin’s hacker squads is the “WalkAway” hashtag.

The Huffington Post reported over the weekend that this troll attack is a counter-measure against the potential “blue wave” coming this fall, with the WalkAway hashtag intended to simulate real-world Democrats who have apparently chosen to leave the party due to its (try not to laugh) alleged intolerance and lack of civility. It’s a ludicrous concept, given the galactically more egregious incivility of Trump and his Red Hats, extending back at least three years and including a deadly terrorist attack in Charlottesville, among myriad other examples.

It has ranked as the third or fourth most popular Kremlin-linked hashtag for days, according to bot tracking by the Hamilton 68 site run by the bipartisan Alliance for Securing Democracy, which keeps tabs on Russian activity on the American internet.

Arc Digital has made the same connection in the “strikingly similar” tweets pushing a “familiar narrative” of Democratic “bullying.” Arc traced the campaign from a Facebook group in May and subsequent tweets whose traffic suddenly began to explode late last month.

As I write this, Hamilton 68 has ranked #WalkAway as the most tweeted hashtag in the last 48 hours.

To be clear: This isn’t being circulated by earnest yet misguided voters who formerly identified as Democrats. This is clearly being circulated by trolls connected to the Russian influence operations. #WalkAway has obvious roots in the 2016 primaries, when Russian trolls attempted to turn liberal or left-wing voters against casting general election ballots for the eventual Democratic nominee (either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton), thus diminishing Democratic turnout. The same goal applies here.

Oh and yes, the conservative entertainment complex is on board. Despite the reality that Russians are accosting voters with nefarious agitprop like this -- including other keywords like “rigged” and “witch hunt” -- HuffPost noted that Fox News is reporting this active measure as if it were an actual grassroots “movement.” It’s not.

The #WalkAway attack appears to be targeting disaffected registered Democrats who might be inclined to fall in line with an exodus from the party, a few months before a hugely important election. Sure, that’s a highly specific and pretty small demographic. But, as we’ve seen, modern elections tend to feature too-close-for-comfort margins, swung by relatively small groups of voters. The good news, of course, is the prominence of the hashtag doesn’t necessarily mean that real-life Democrats are suddenly exiting the party.

https://www.salon.com/2018/07/09/rus...lin-operation/
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I think the phony "walkaway" campaign is one of my favorites. Most of the people pushing this garbage on Twitter always seem to have the same story: "I was a Democrat until 2016, then I saw the light because Hillary and now MAGA!" I lot of them I've noticed have similar username layouts, and post nothing but pro-Trump propaganda, no indication at all that "I used to be Dem or liberal blah blah blah".

Walk away is a Russian operation. Plain and simple. Weaponized concern trolling.
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Maybe Michelle Wolf and Chrissy Tiegan can clear things up for you, I hear that they are very active on twitter.
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But then, if you are getting your information from a Salon article that is quoting a Huffington Post article, your problems may be bigger than twitter.
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so is the big dumpf
I haven't seen a single news article mention this dumpf you speak of, can you provide some info?
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It is more likely that the current DNC is a Kremlin operation.
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Here's the #WalkAway founder


The Left wants (needs) you to believe he's an isolated incident because a movement would destroy them...

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#WalkAway founder Brandon Straka denied service at Adorama camera store
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Here's the #WalkAway founder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_hiS71ahR8

The Left wants (needs) you to believe he's an isolated incident because a movement would destroy them...

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#WalkAway founder Brandon Straka denied service at Adorama camera store
He's makin a friggin buck! Can't you see that?L At his age how many elections has he even voted in to get fell for whether he should "#walkaway" or not?
You're falling for the propaganda hok line and sinker AFTER Wally warned you about it.
Fer gosh sakes, learn to decern better.
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He's makin a friggin buck! Can't you see that?L At his age how many elections has he even voted in to get fell for whether he should "#walkaway" or not?
You're falling for the propaganda hok line and sinker AFTER Wally warned you about it.
Fer gosh sakes, learn to decern better.
How is he making a buck? And if he is, why does it matter?

Salty, I'm trying to decern your post better, but you are making no sense.
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