The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election – by Scott Shane – NYT News

“Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice. So it was last year when Melvin Redick of Harrisburg, Pa., a friendly-looking American with a backward baseball cap and a young daughter, posted on Facebook a link to a brand-new website.

“These guys show hidden truth about Hillary Clinton, George Soros and other leaders of the US,” he wrote on June 8, 2016. “Visit #DCLeaks website. It’s really interesting!”

Mr. Redick turned out to be a remarkably elusive character. No Melvin Redick appears in Pennsylvania records, and his photos seem to be borrowed from an unsuspecting Brazilian. But this fictional concoction has earned a small spot in history: The Redick posts that morning were among the first public signs of an unprecedented foreign intervention in American democracy.”

This a long, but important article, that many should read. Here are the two top comments, which I also recommended.


Cambridge, MA September 7, 2017

A chilling and convincing account of a foreign power interfering in our democracy. Excellent work. The next logical question: How did a foreign power know precisely whom to target with this fake news and misinformation, so as to impact the election most effectively? That would require very localized knowledge of the contours of our demographics, culture, and politics. Who could have provided the Russians with that sort of information?

Kathy Morelli

New Jersey September 7, 2017

Amazing to me that a large swath of Americans do not care that a foreign entity influenced our election. The brain washing is that complete. Pretty good investment for Putin.


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