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FBI Monitored ‘Fake News’ Aimed at Undermining Presidential Election

Cyber crime expert, via FBI.

Cyber crime expert, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump has repeatedly called American news sites “fake news” in an attempt to undermine stories that are hurting his credibility.

What the president doesn’t mention is that Russia is suspected of blanketing social media with “fake news” as part of a disinformation campaign to help Trump get elected.

Now CNN reports that the FBI was monitoring social media on Election Day for viral “news” of conspiracies and hoaxes, primarily focused on Hillary Clinton. 

FBI cyber and counterintelligence analysts have identified user accounts behind what appeared to be a propaganda campaign based overseas to flood social media with “fake news.”

“We were right on the edge of Constitutional legality,” a person briefed on the investigation said. “We were monitoring news.”

President Trump Breaks Silence of Kushner Reports, Dismisses As ‘Fake News’

Jared Kushner. Photo by Lori Berkowitz Photography, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In typical fashion, President Trump finally broke his silence over reports that his son-in-law Jared Kushner tried to establish a secret channel of communications with Russia, attacking the media for relying on White House leaks that he called “fake news.”

The dismissive remarks were posted on Twitter on Sunday.

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Also on Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on television new shows that back channels with Russia are a “good thing.”

In a statement Sunday night, published by the New York Times, Trump praised the work Kushner has done at the White House.

“Jared is doing a great job for the country,”€ he said. “€œI have total confidence in him. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.”

The news that Kushner tried to set up back channels with Russia is just the latest allegation about possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow.

Fake News Sites Perpetuate Myth That Obama Tapped Trump’s Phones

president obama state of unionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s claims that Obama wiretapped the Republican’s phones during the presidential “have proven to be a petri dish for fake news,” Politifact has found

Multiple fake news sites have posted stories alleging that the FBI has a warrant to arrest Obama for wiretapping Trump’s phones.

“FBI issues Warrant For Obama’s Arrest After Confirming Illegal Trump Tower Wiretap,” read the headlines on multiple fake news sites.

Politifact concluded: “These stories don’t have a grain of truth. There’s no warrant out for Obama’s arrest, and he’s definitely not getting arrested by the FBI. We’ve also found no evidence to support Trump’s claim that the wiretapping even took place.”

Fake news has contributed to confusion, resentment and anger among people who have trouble discerning real news from fictional news.

FBI Agent Impersonates Associated Press Reporter to Nab Teen in Bomb Threats

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI went further than creating a bogus news site to capture a 15-year-old suspect accused of making bomb threats at a high school near Olympia, Washington.

An FBI agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter in 2007 and asked the suspect to review a bogus AP article about threats directed at the school “to be sure that the anonymous suspect was portrayed fairly,” the AP reports.

The news came in a letter Thursday to the New York Times.

The bogus article helped the FBI because his cyber information became available when the suspect clicked on the link.

“That technique was proper and appropriate under Justice Department and FBI guidelines at the time. Today, the use of such an unusual technique would probably require higher-level approvals than in 2007, but it would still be lawful and, in a rare case, appropriate,” Comey wrote.

The AP responded that the fake news report erodes confidence in the media.

“This latest revelation of how the FBI misappropriated the trusted name of The Associated Press doubles our concern and outrage, expressed earlier to Attorney General Eric Holder, about how the agency’s unacceptable tactics undermine AP and the vital distinction between the government and the press,” Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the AP, said in a statement.