The first part of this series went only up to page 20. I had already gone through a significant portion of the report, so posting part 2 now. This one goes from page 21 to page 84.
As with part 1, page numbers quoted are of the PDF page numbers. I highlight some sections in bold and my comments are all in bold.
This part illustrates exactly how schizophrenic the entire Mueller report really is. Just read my comments and you’ll get the gist of it. It includes such things as sports, social media claims, FBI agents highly integrated into accusations after the FBI was shown clearly biased and multiple FBI agents had to be fired from the Mueller probe and then from the FBI itself. It also includes alleged timing of Wikileaks information releases and try to correlate that to media reports or Trump tweets. The media never stopped reporting about Trump and Trump never stops tweeting. So any alleged timing means absolutely nothing.
Mueller repeatedly states that the DNC was hacked, then on page 55 says the stolen data may have been (“cannot rule out”) transferred to Wikileaks physically through intermediaries who visited in 2016. So, which is it? Data can be anonymously transferred to Wikileaks online, so why would a physical transfer be necessary?!!
He also tries to convince people that 15,000 tweets swayed the election, while during the same period he states, there were 25 billion tweets posted globally.
This is what Mueller calls convincing evidence. Are you buying it? Keep reading, it gets worse.
Pg 21- To carry out the investigation and prosecution of the matters assigned to him, the Special Counsel assembled a team that at its high point included 19 attorneys-five of whom joined the Office from private practice and 14 on detail or assigned from other Department of Justice components.
These attorneys were assisted by a filter team of Department lawyers and FBI
personnel who screened materials obtained via court process for privileged information before turning those materials over to investigators..
The Special Counsel attorneys and support staff were co-located with and worked alongside approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, a paralegal, and professional staff assigned by the FBI to assist the Special Counsel’s investigation.
Those “assigned” FBI employees remained under FBI supervision at all times; the matters on which they assisted were supervised by the Special Counsel. (Bold mine.)
You do recall that the FBI top officials were shown to be biased and Strzok was fired by Mueller, right? Remember the text messages between Strzok and Page, the married woman with whom he had an affair? Wasn’t he married as well?
Pg 21- FBI personnel who assisted the Office established procedures to identify and convey such information to the FBI. The FBI’s ounterintelligence Division met with the Office regularly for that purpose for most of the Office’s tenure. For more than the past year, the FBI also embedded personnel at the Office who did not work on the Special Counsel’s investigation, but whose purpose was to review the results of the investigation and to send-in
writing-summaries of foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information to FBIHQ and FBI Field Offices. Those communications
and other correspondence between the Office and the FBI contain
information derived from the investigation, not all of which is contained in this Volume.
You getting this yet? This was was supposed to be an “independent investigation”. Considering the fact that the FBI was proven biased and most of the “investigation” focused on the previous FBI “investigation” yet the Mueller “investigation” itself was being dominated by FBI personnel, there is nothing objective or independent about it.
Pg 22- The IRA conducted social media operations targeted at large
U.S. audiences with the goal of sowing discord in the U.S. political system.
“Sowing discord”? Because there was no discord in the US political system before? Or in our society? Has Mueller never heard of the Tea Party? Poverty? Racism? Sexism?
Pg 22- By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S . persons through their social media accounts .
Notice the report says they had the “ability to reach millions of US persons”, not that they did reach millions. The fact is, any social media account has the ability to reach millions.
Pg 23- In November 2017, a Facebook representative testified that Facebook
had identified 470 IRA-controlled Facebook accounts that collectively made 80,000 posts between January 2015 and August 2017.
Facebook estimated the IRA reached as many as 126 million persons through its Face book accounts. January 2018, Twitter announced that it had identified 3,814 IRA-controlled Twitter accounts and notified approximately
1 .4 million people Twitter believed may have been in contact with an iRA-controlled account.
Step by step- Just regarding photos, FB has an estimated 300 million photos that are uploaded per day. That is 136,000 photos per minute. That’s not counting shares, status updates, etc. There are over 2 billion active FB users. There are over 326 million Twitter users globally. If you want the information in the paragraph above placed in percentages with this information, do it yourself.
Pg 34- Collectively , the IRA’s social media accounts reached tens of millions of U.S. persons. Individual IRA social media accounts attracted hundreds of thousands of followers. For example, at the time they were deactivated by Facebook in mid-2017, the IRA’s “United Muslims of America” Facebook group had over 300,000 followers , the “Don’t Shoot Us” Facebook group had
over 250,000 followers, the “Being Patriotic” Facebook group had over 200,000 followers, and the “Secured Borders” Facebook group had over 130,000 followers According to Facebook , in total the IRA-controlled accounts made over 80,000 posts before their deactivation in August 2017,
and these posts reached at least 29 million U.S persons and “may have reached an estimated 126 million people.”
What nearly every one of these pages indicate are actual issues which are supported by Progressives. Not sure about you but I don’t GAF who created the pages. No matter what, there is no evidence offered which verifies who created the pages and in some cases US citizens have stated they were the owners/creators of these pages. Considering that Trump opposes rights of Muslims and BLM, some of these are absolutely not supportive of Trump. Not exactly convincing.
Pg 36 to 37- In January 2018, Twitter publicly identified 3,814 Twitter accounts associated with the IRA. According to Twitter, in the ten weeks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election , these accounts posted approximately 175,993 tweets, “approximately 8.4% of which were election-
related.” Twitter also announced that it had notified approximately
1.4 million people who Twitter believed may have been in contact with an IRA-controlled account.
Yeah, there are an estimated 500 million tweets posted per day. (Half from Trump himself, I’m sure.) Thus, in 10 weeks the total number of tweets posted would be 25 BILLION.
Now, considering 8.4% of the number mentioned comes to less than 15,000 tweets which were election-related. Twitter announced they had NOTIFIED 1.4 million people they BELIEVE MAY have been in contact with an IRA-controlled account. MAY HAVE includes the possibility they may NOT have been in contact with those accounts. If you are a Progressive, you absolutely received one of these notices.
Pg 40- In February 2017, the persona “Black Fist” (purporting to want to teach African-Americans to protect themselves when contacted by law enforcement) hired a self-defense instructor in New York to offer classes sponsored by Black Fist.
February 2017? African-American self defense classes? WTF does this have to do with the election or Trump?
Pg 44- Beginning in March 2016, units of the Russian Federation ‘s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU) hacked the computers and email accounts of organizations , e·mployees , and volunteers supporting the Clinton Campaign, including the email account of campaign chairman John Podesta. Starting in April 2016, the GRU hacked into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The GRU targeted hundreds of email accounts used by Clinton Campaign employees , advisors, and volunteers. In total, the GRU stole hundreds of thousands of documents from the compromised email accounts and networks. The GRU later released stolen Clinton Campaign and DNC documents through online personas, “DCLeaks” and “Guccifer 2.0,” and later through the organization WikiLeaks. The release of the documents was designed and timed to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election and undermine the Clinton Campaign.
First, there is still no evidence offered which is verifiable of any hacking at all. Aside from that, RUSSIA DIDN’T WRITE THE EMAILS!!! THE CONTENT IS WHAT MATTERS!!!!!
The timing? Seriously? This report says how one thing or another was released hours after Trump said/tweeted this or that. Considering that the media reported on every single word he spoke/wrote (badly), etc, there was not one single day that a revelation would NOT have had some seeming correlation to Trump.
Pg 44- Separate from this Office ‘s indictment of GRU officers , in October 2018 a grand jury sitting in the Western District of Pennsylvania returned an indictment charging certain members of Unit 26165 with hacking the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and other international
Um, the WADA accusations have been cleared. No evidence has been released regarding the GRU officers. Those charges are all theater. Nobody sane would ever think that Russia would send their intelligence officers to stand trial in the US. Russia did, however, offer to discuss the issue with Mueller via video link. Mueller refused. Something else not mentioned in the report. AND WHAT DOES WADA OR THE US DOPING AGENCY HAVE TO DO WITH THE ELECTION OR OPERATION OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT?!!!!
Pg 45- Officers from Unit 74455 separately hacked computers belonging to state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and U.S. companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of U.S. elections.
State election boards were not hacked, they were scanned. In some cases by the DOJ. We know this, it has been admitted and publicly acknowledged. If companies supply software to election administrations cannot keep that software secure, they really should not be handling our election software because they’re incompetent.
Pg 45- The GRU spearphishing operation enabled it to gain access to numerous email accounts of Clinton Campaign employees and volunteers, including campaign chairman John Podesta , junior volunteers assigned to the Clinton Campaign’s advance team, informal Clinton Campaign advisors,
and a DNC employee. GRU officers stole tens of thousands of emails from
spearphishing victims, including various Clinton Campaign-related communications.
I don’t care who sent the spearphishing emails, these are not people I would want in charge of our national security at any level. HRC was SoS, so she should have had more knowledge of email security than almost anyone in the country, especially with her other scandals. You’d think she would have had her staff trained. Nope! AND ONCE AGAIN, THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN WAS A PRIVATE ORGANIZATION. NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY.
Pg 46- Approximately six days after first hacking into the DCCC network, on April 18, 2016, GRU officers gained access to the DNC network via a virtual private network (VPN) connection between the DCCC and DNC networks.
Between April 18, 2016 and June 8, 2016, Unit 26165 compromised more than 30 computers on the DNC network, including the DNC mail server and
shared file server.
Okay, I’ll give benefit of doubt and say hacking occurred. (I’m still not convinced. Look at the determination of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity at Consortium News.) However, keep in mind that the DNC and DCCC are private organizations, NOT government agencies!!!!
Pg 48- The Arizona-based AMS Panel also stored thousands of files containing keylogging sessions captured through X-Agent. These sessions were captured as GRU officers monitored DCCC and DNC employees’ work on infected computers regularly between April 2016 and June 2016. Data captured in these key logging sessions included passwords, internal communications
between employees, banking information , and sensitive personal information.
Arizona? Yeah, I’m sure the GRU leased a server in AZ under names traceable to the Russian government. Pg 47 makes reference to server accounts all over the world.
Pg 52- In order to expand its interference in the 20 I 6 U.S. presidential election, the GRU units transferred many of the documents they stole from the DNC and the chairman of the Clinton Campaign to WikiLeaks.
GRU officers used both the DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 personas to communicate with WikiLeaks through Twitter private messaging and through encrypted channels , including possibly through WikiLeaks ‘s private communication system .
Again, no evidence.
Pg 52- WikiLeaks , and particularly its founder Julian Assange, privately expressed opposition to candidate Clinton well before the first release of stolen documents . In November 2015 , Assange wrote to other member s and associates of WikiLeaks that “[w]e believe it would be much better for GOP to win … Dems+Media+liberals woudl [sic] then form a block to reign in their worst qualities. . . .
With Hillary in charge, GOP will be pushing for her worst qualities. ,
dems+media+neoliberals will be mute . …
She’s a bright , well connected, sadisitic sociopath .”
I absolutely agree with his assessment. She is still trying even right now. The opinion of Wikileaks or Assange in no way reflects on journalistic accuracy. Look at FOX, MSNBC, WaPo, NYT. They are clearly each biased. Wikileaks has never had to retract or correct a story. Compare to each of these I named.
Pg 55- The Office cannot rule out that stolen documents were transferred to WikiLeaks through intermediaries who visited during the summer of 2016.
Before this, Mueller drones on for pages trying to implicate DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 as GRU constructs who provided all the information to Wikileaks. Then he writes this single line, which completely negates ALL OF IT!!!!
Pg 56 to 57- Beginning in the summer of 2016 , Assange and WikiLeaks made a number of statements about Seth Rich , a former DNC staff member who was killed in July 2016. The statements about Rich implied falsely that he had been the source of the stolen DNC emails . On August 9, 2016, the @WikiLeaks Twitt er account posted: “ANNOUNCE: WikiLeaks has decided to issue a US$20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. “ Likewise, on August 25, 2016, Assange was asked in an interview, “Why are you so interested in Seth Rich’s killer?” and responded , “We’re very interested in anything that might be a threat to
alleged Wikileaks sources. “ The interviewer responded to Assange ‘s statement by commenting , “ I know you don ‘t want to reveal your source, but it certainly sounds like you ‘re suggesting a man who leaked information to WikiLeaks was then murdered.” Assange replied , “If there ‘s someone
who’s potentially connected to our publication , and that person has been murdered in suspicious circumstances, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the two are connected. But it is a very serious matter … that type of allegation is very serious, as it’s taken very seriously by us.”
After the U.S. intelligence community publicly announced its assessment that Russia was behind the hacking operation , Assange continued to deny that the Clinton materials released by WikiLeaks had come from Russian hacking. According to media reports, Assange told a U.S. congressman that the DNC hack was an “inside job,” and purported to have “physical proof ‘ that
Russians did not give materials to Assange.
No evidence that Seth Rich was not the Wikileaks source.
Pg 58- In addition to targeting individuals involved in the Clinton Campaign, GRU officers also targeted individuals and entities involved in the administration of the elections. Victims included U.S. state and local entities, such as state boards of elections (SBOEs), secretaries of state, and
county governments, as well as individuals who worked for those entities.
The GRU also targeted private technology firms responsible for manufacturing and administering election-related software and hardware, such as voter registration software and electronic polling stations.
The GRU continued to target these victims through the elections in November 2016.
While the investigation identified evidence that the GRU targeted these individuals and entities, the Office did not investigate further.
The Office did not, for instance, obtain or examine servers or other
relevant items belonging to these victims.
The Office understands that the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the states have separately investigated that activity. (Bold mine.)
So, while investigating alleged Russian interference into the 2016 election, Mueller did not examine what he claims is physical evidence of interference. You buy this? I have land in FL I’d like to sell you. The only actual physical and electronic evidence directly available to Mueller is the one thing he NEVER examined.
Pg 59- Unit 74455 also sent spearphishing emails to public officials involved in election administration and personnel involved in voting technology. In August 2016, GRU officers targeted employees of (redacted) , a voting technology company that developed software used by numerous U.S. counties to manage voter rolls, and installed malware on the company network. Similarly, in November 2016, the GRU sent spearphishing emails to over 120 email accounts used by Florida county officials responsible for administering the 2016 U.S. election.
The spearphishing emails contained an attached Word document coded with malicious software (commonly referred to as a Trojan) that permitted the GRU to access the infected computer.
The FBI was separately responsible for this investigation. We understand the FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government. The Office did not independently verify that belief and, as explained above, did not
undertake the investigative steps that would have been necessary to do so.
So, these are the companies and people responsible for our elections? Seriously? And the FBI “believes”? The damn election was 2 1/2 years ago!!!! You’d think they would be sure about things affecting our elections by now! That’s just a little important, seeing all the press, conflict and numerous “investigations” that have ripped this country to pieces since then! More important than Comey or Strzok!
Pg 84- Dvoskin is an executive of Genbank, a large bank with lending focused
in Crimea, Ukraine .
This is not related to Trump but is of special note as to the mentality of Mueller. He officially refers to Crimea as being part of Ukraine, which it is not since the public referendum in 2014 when Crimean citizens overwhelmingly voted to rejoin the Russian Federation.