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Mark Warner: Russia Has Upwards of 1000 Paid Internet Trolls to Create ‘Fake News’ About Clinton
ABC News

Name: ABC News


Mark Warner

Name: Mark Warner

Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Name: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.


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REPORTER: “Can you give us a sense of the scale of what the Russians allegedly did in terms of numbers of people and the different facets of the attack?”
WARNER: “Let me start off on that. I think we know about the hacking and the selective leaking of information. But as a former tech guy, what really concerns me is at least some reports, and we have to get to the bottom of this, is that there were upwards of 1,000 paid Internet trolls working out of a facility in Russia, in effect taking over a series of computers which are then called a botnet. They can then generate news down to specific areas. It’s been reported to me, we have to find this out, specific areas in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania where you would not have been receiving off of whoever your vendor might have been, Trump versus Clinton, in the waning days of the election, but instead Clinton is sick, or Clinton is taking money from some source, fake news. We’ve also seen as well the fact that if you think about — if you look just, for example, if you googled election hacking during the period leading up to the election and immediately afterwards, you wouldn’t get Fox or ABC or New York Times. What you get is four out of the first five news stories that popped up were Russian propaganda. And, again, let’s be clear, I’m not here to re-litigate the election. But the fact we have — I believe part of our responsibility as well is to put the American public on a higher level of alert that this time it was Russia. It could be other foreign nations as well. We are in a whole new realm around cyber that provides opportunity but huge, huge threats to our basic democracy. We’re seeing it right now.”
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