Liberal billionaire Reid Hoffman just apologized for funding an organization lead by an Obama-era official that put out false information that a Russian bot “false flag” was involved with Republican Roy Morre’s campaign for Senate last year.
The problem is that he left many questions unanswered in his explanation for who was involved and executed the plan.
Hoffman explained in his statement:
“I find the tactics that have been recently reported highly disturbing. For that reason, I am embarrassed by my failure to track AET…the organization I did support more diligently as it made its own decisions to perhaps fund projects that I would reject.”
The organization Hoffman mentioned is one that he funded called American Engagement Technologies. The group’s leader is a former Obama-era official named Mickey Dickerson.
Hoffman spent $750,00 on the organization who funneled money into the disinformation project on Moore. The internal report claims:
“We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.”
The ironic thing is the project’s cost of $100K is exactly the amount Russian spent during the 2016 campaign trolling people on Facebook.
The local media and then the national media bought the fake story of Russian bots and spread it like wildfire even though it was not true.
The Daily Caller reports:
The Montgomery Advertiser was the first to cover the story using the Russian-bot angle. National media outlets quickly followed suit.
“Roy Moore flooded with fake Russian Twitter followers,” read the headline on a 2017 New York Post story, which cited the Advertiser. WaPo, for its part, focused on the fact that Moore blamed Democrats for the fake accounts.
The election was very close so you have to ask the question of how this changed the race and who was behind it. We still don’t know the players behind the disinformation plan.
Dickerson is a key player but hasn’t responded to inquiries.