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One day before Speaker Pelosi meets with Democrats to finalize the transfer of impeachment articles, new reporting reveals Moscow’s cyberattack on the firm linked to the Ukraine scandal. Aired on 01/13/20.
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79 Comments on "NYT: Russia Hacked Ukrainian Company At Center Of Impeachment Case | The 11th Hour | MSNBC"

  1. Uh, has anyone seen Rudy lately? 🤔
    Asking for a friend.

  2. Putin’s close confidante, and chief propagandist, Konstantin Rykov, understands the art of trolling on the internet. Rykov’s knack for creating caustic, snarky, attention-grabbing content made him millions as an internet entrepreneur and got him elected to the Russian Parliament. And now, thanks to him, Putin understands the art of trolling too. Rykov made his way into more mainstream Russian media. In 2005, he started an online newspaper called “Vzglyad,” which quickly became a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin..

    Putin needed to enlist someone like Rykov who understood how to make disinformation go viral. In 2008, Rykov was elected to the Russian Parliament. He was only 28. Rykov developed tactics to help the Kremlin boost support for its image online. Rykov showed the Kremlin how to spread false narratives on social media to deflect attention away from reporting that was critical of Putin.

    The Russian government used these kinds of disinformation campaigns to its advantage when Russia invaded Crimea in 2014. They artificially inflated pro-Kremlin support on the internet, enlisting armies of troll accounts to spread pro-Kremlin narratives on social media and blogs. Some of these trolls were automated bot accounts, but others were human.

    Konstantin is the Russian who created Putin’s troll farm, and has boasted online that he helped get Trump elected, is named Konstantin Rykov. His claims of involvement with the Trump team can’t be dismissed for 2 reasons: first, he is very close to Putin, and had a long history of involvement with top levels of the Russian government; and, second, his description of how Trump’s campaign put together an effective internet strategy for information warfare is very close to the evidence revealed in the Mueller Report…

    Rewind back to November 6th, 2012, enough states were called for President Obama that he was declared the winner of the election. At 11:29pm, Trump sent out the following defiant tweet: “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!”

    Konstantin Rykov saw Trump’s tweet pop up in his Twitter feed.

    Almost exactly four years later, on November 12th, 2016, Rykov explained what happened next in a pair of Facebook posts. Rykov explained how he first made contact with Trump:.

    Without a moment’s thought, I wrote him (Trump) a reply, “I’m ready. What should I do?”

    Trump replied with a picture. In the picture, Trump was sitting in the armchair of his jet, smiling, and giving the thumbs-up sign. Rykov would later explain how things went from there. Here’s how Rykov described his involvement in a Facebook post he made on November 12, 2016, just after the election.

    Rykov:
    “For four years and two days .. it was necessary to get to everyone in the brain and grab all possible means of mass perception of reality. Ensure the victory of Donald in the election of the US President. Then create a political alliance between the United States, France, Russia (and a number of other states) and establish a new world order. Our idea was insane, but realizable.  In order to understand everything for the beginning, it was necessary to “digitize” all possible types of modern man.

    Donald decided to invite for this task — the special scientific department of the “Cambridge University.” British scientists from Cambridge Analytica suggested making 5,000 existing human psychotypes — the “ideal image” of a possible Trump supporter. Then .. put this image back on all psychotypes and thus pick up a universal key to anyone and everyone.Then it was only necessary to upload this data to information flows and social networks. And we began to look for those who would have coped with this task better than others. At the very beginning of the brave and romantic [story] was not very much. A pair of hacker groups, civil journalists from WikiLeaks and political strategist Mikhail Kovalev.The next step was to develop a system for transferring tasks and information, so that no intelligence and NSA could burn it.”

    Rykov’s comments were made only four days after the election, months before anyone was talking about Russian collusion in the 2016 election, months before the world knew about the company Cambridge Analytica, and months before Rykov would have known it wasn’t wise to discuss his involvement in the campaign. his comments were also made well before details of Russian meddling in the presidential election were reported in the mainstream media. If Rykov wasn’t involved, how would he know as much as he confessed?

  3. Trump is a compulsive pathological liar that’s easy to see cause he’s forever changing his story the question is when will America realise it he needs to go ASAP he is the biggest threat to world peace since Hitler

    • @Steve Dee Mate I’m 100% with you and also glad I don’t live there and praying he doesn’t drag us into yet another senseless /endless war! 😒 Greetings from London 🇬🇧🤜💥🤛

    • @car. A Ahhh. Look at the righteous 1.

    • @car. A looks like the profile of a pedophile or a future pedophile.

    • Jo well done Jo I’m glad that you are no where near the lunatic I cannot believe what the Americans are actually letting him get away with over there mate it’s insanity and government ain’t much better either but I think trumps in a league of his own for the title of the biggest lunatic on the planet earth haha I was in London last year I went to see Neil Young again but this time with Bob Dylan at Hyde park it was a great gig I’m always in and out of London going to at least one good gig a year I’m half way through having my whole back tattooed with my grandsons in their Arsenal shirts I gotta sitting tomorrow afternoon he’s done half of it but another 6 months before it’s finished but the reason for me telling you that is because I’m hoping to see the killers playing at our ground the emmerettes stadium it will be a great gig anyway mate like I said I’m you ain’t from over the pond all the best Jo take care and peace ✌️ to you from Steve I used to live in streatham south London many years ago stay safe and keep away from America until that lunatic is gone and greetings from Wiltshire

  4. In 2015, Western European intelligence agencies began picking up evidence of communications between the Russian government and people in Donald Trump’s orbit. In April 2016, one of the Baltic states shared with then–CIA director John Brennan an audio recording of Russians discussing funneling money to the Trump campaign. In the summer of 2016, Robert Hannigan, head of the U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, flew to Washington to brief Brennan on intercepted communications between the Trump campaign and Russia..

    The contents of these communications have not been disclosed, but what Brennan learned obviously unsettled him profoundly. In congressional testimony on Russian election interference last year, Brennan hinted that some Americans might have betrayed their country. “Individuals who go along a treasonous path,” he warned, “do not even realize they’re along that path until it gets to be a bit too late.” In an interview this year, he put it more bluntly: “I think [Trump] is afraid of the president of Russia. The Russians may have something on him personally that they could always roll out and make his life more difficult.”

    In July 2016, a loose-knit community of computer scientists and cybersecurity experts discovered a strange pattern of online traffic between two computer servers. One of those servers belonged to Alfa Bank in Moscow and the other to the Trump Organization. Alfa Bank’s owners had “assumed an unforeseen level of prominence and influence in the economic and political affairs of their nation,” as a federal court once put it.

    The analysts noted that the traffic between the two servers occurred during office hours in New York and Moscow and spiked in correspondence with major campaign events, suggesting it entailed human communication rather than bots. More suspiciously, after New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau asked Alfa Bank about it but before he brought it up with the Trump campaign, the server in Trump Tower shut down. The timing strongly implied Alfa Bank was communicating with Trump..

    • Darth Wheezius | January 14, 2020 at 12:25 PM | Reply

      @hysderekal
      No 1 I didn’t put you down, jeez you people are such sensitive delicate little flowers. I know this stuff because I remain engaged and pay attention, again I suggest you do the same then perhaps you would not miss information that’s been in the public sphere. I’m not here to educate the ignorant, I only do that on highly specific subjects for highly specific reasons because (and with no accusations) most people on line with your attitude are not honest, one thing to deal with ignorance but no point dealing with liars other than to expose and belittle them. Have a nice day.

    • @Darth Wheezius wow. Did you read that over before you posted it??? Asking where he specifically got his info doesn’t mean I’m not informed. Assuming I’m uninformed because I asked that is ignorant.

    • Darth Wheezius | January 14, 2020 at 12:50 PM | Reply

      @hysderekal
      I gave you my view point, stop being so precious little one, it’s not all about you. This is not a debate and I am not here to educate. I will not repeat myself again. Have a nice day.

    • @Darth Wheezius stop being so ignorant!

  5. Putin already trying to help his buddy Trump out in November

    • @Cort: “heeheehee” nice…

    • @Jake MacHine and you know this because… you are a Russian agent????

    • @Dirty Bird i know this because nobody has presented any evidence of Russia hacking anything

    • @Rabble Wolf ok. So where is any evidence that Russia did anything?
      Strange how the person that is leading the Russian/Ukraine hack conspiracy is also the same person who was the founder of crowdstrike.
      Crowdstrike is the Ukrainian company that Hillary and the DNC hired to wipe out the dnc servers.
      The only evidence ov Russia hqxking anything is based solely on the word of crowdstrike. Zero evidence.

  6. Trump knows he’s going to prison if he loses the 2020 election.
    – That’s why he started the Iran crises that led to more than 200 deaths.

  7. Did you see Putin and Assad mocking trump in Syria? Trump is even a joke amongst his enemies and those he thinks are friends.

  8. When does twitter close down trumps account? He breaks every one of the rules and if I did this I would be closed down.

    • Brighton Babe No no no. Let him hang himself out to dry.

    • Pinkrella Jones | January 14, 2020 at 9:52 AM | Reply

      Let the choir sing amen they shut my account down they said for a month it has been shut down for 2 months because of my opinion about your president Benedict Arnold she’s in conman Thief narcissist pathological liar

    • surely you joke, mein failüre | January 14, 2020 at 10:12 AM | Reply

      For the same reason that Zuckyberg doesn’t boot the flat-earthers, anti-vaxxers, and Russian trollbot armies off Wastebook: there’s money to be made. So what if nations are toppled and/or go to war and/or millions die.

    • But can you shoot someone in the middle of broad way and still not lose support? Only if you have Orange skin and a fake hair piece can you get away with Obvious TREASON.

  9. Kathleen Hammett | January 14, 2020 at 3:24 AM | Reply

    Iran let Iraq know they were sending missiles, American troops had time to move out, it wasn’t luck, it it was Irans warning that saved them. However bad Soleimani was it was the reasoning behind his assassination that matters, they’re are plenty of bad men in this world most of which Trump considers allies, he’s ” in love” with one of them. Cherry picking the bad man to take out to boost your ego,ratings or re-election chances isn’t acceptable. Trump was willing to sacrifice American troops & if Iran had of reacted differently there would have been casualties & another war with thousands if not hundreds of thousands of deaths, but he didn’t care.. So who’s the real danger to America , Americans & American military personnel.

    • Yup, trump put american lives at risk with his reckless actions.

    • also, it’s not acceptable to “take out” any person. There are international laws and an international court. the US needs to learn to use it. They are not the world’s judge jury and executioner. If they want to shoot missiles all over the place, have the decency to declare war on the country 1st. Otherwise the US is both belligerent, aggressive and underhanded.

    • Janette Johnson | January 14, 2020 at 9:20 AM | Reply

      @Coma White there might be some people who disagree, however the fact that he did not consult the gang of eight or any other Congressional approval speaks they knew it was in violation. He and the Hawks who continues to advise him are headed for retribution.

    • fibi and cuphead | January 14, 2020 at 1:39 PM | Reply

      I’m gonna say…. YOUR PRESIDENT. Duh.

    • Kathleen Hammett | January 14, 2020 at 3:22 PM | Reply

      @fibi and cuphead Not MY president

  10. Novelty president for sale in the joke shop. No wonder European leaders were laughing at his expense.

  11. very well said, ty mr williams. there is absolutely no bottom to that barrel putin and trumputin are scraping.

  12. “Russia if you’re listening…” – Donald Trump

  13. Comrad bone spurs is a menace to society and needs to be locked up

    • Looking forward to all the hilarious YouTubes when Trump wins again. Of course, Mommy YouTube will start deleting them because of all the butthurt liberals complaining😁

    • @David h, I thought we were naming him “Conny Donnie and the MAGATARDS”

    • Even behind bars he’d be giving tweets. He’s like a bad dream that never lets you wake up.

  14. Russians aren’t hacking to extract evidence…they’re PLANTING evidence! Wake up!

  15. Trump at the rally: we had to make a decision at that moment.
    Fact: Trump ordered the killing of Solemaine 7 months ago, and he executed the killing at “the imminent threat” when he was enjoying the golf playing at his florida resort.
    Where was the imminent threat? If it was ordered 7 months ago, why didn’t have any minute to notify and consult the Congress?
    Nothing makes sense at all.
    It was lie by lying. As always. When he said it existed, nothing existed in the reality. When he said 4 embassies, there were not 4 embassies. Always a lie.

    • @rodochrous Do you really think that? As a veteran I am embarrassed for you.

    • One of the slight of hand so he could pull out a trump card. Underhanded Pos never a real POTUS.

    • Matthew Suhanec | January 14, 2020 at 2:05 PM | Reply

      @rodochrous please supply some facts not just talking points. (here is an example) May 10, 2017 is when the orangeFatMan disclosed classified information to Russian officials ( in the oval office btw ) about our agents in the middle east. Something like that would be acceptable.

    • ​@rodochrousi wouldnt be sad if you fell off a cliff

  16. #Tre45on has all his comrades doing the dirty deeds for him – domestic and abroad.

    ‘All the President’s comrades’ will replace the infamous proverb from another era. A less treasonous era.

  17. Helena Galvão | January 14, 2020 at 6:56 AM | Reply

    Vote them all out of office in 2020. Corrupt repugs all of them

  18. Robin Marshall | January 14, 2020 at 7:24 AM | Reply

    Donald Duck keeps calling this impeachment a witch hunt sooo , I guess that means he is a Witch.

  19. Ricardo Harris | January 14, 2020 at 8:16 AM | Reply

    This Racist Nightmare Is Hopefully Almost Over.

  20. How many people just skip past Trump when he speaks?

    • @carmay3600 In other words, just like his supporters.

    • Thanks, I thought it was just me.

    • Matthew Suhanec | January 14, 2020 at 1:54 PM | Reply

      I would love to but I can’t because I want to make sure I understand what he doesn’t. funny thing about the orangeFatMan is he can’t keep a secret he blurts out tiny crumbs of true overlaid with falsehoods and BS but there still is that little bit that he slips out – because he has no idea what he is going to say at any moment.

    • OMG, EVERY TIME! I even skip past them reading his tweets. Nothing he says holds any value.

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