Grand Jury Indicts 13 Russians for ‘Information Warfare’ Amid New Playboy Sex Scandal

RUSSIANS have been indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe looking into foreign interference in the 2016 election.

The full indictment is here.

From CNBC

The indictment says that a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency sought to wage “information warfare” against the United States by using fictitious American personas and social media platforms and other Internet-based media.

While that effort was launched in 2014, by early to mid-2016 the defendants were “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” the indictment charges.

As part of those efforts, the defendants also encouraged minority groups to either not for in the election, or to vote for a third-party candidate. Both acts would have hurt Clinton, who received significant support from minority voters.

…. According to NBC News, President Trump was briefed Friday morning personally by Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray about the indictment, before it was publicly released.

Who will President Donald Trump blame for this new action by the special counsel’s office?

Rod Rosenstein looked like he enjoyed announcing the indictment.

…or maybe the latest bombshell by Ronan Farrow about Donald Trump, the Playboy Model, and a System of Concealment that matches Harvey Weinstein’s approach will keep him busy.

From Farrow’s New Yorker piece

On November 4, 2016, four days before the election, the Wall Street Journal reported that American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, had paid a hundred and fifty thousand dollars for exclusive rights to McDougal’s story, which it never ran. Purchasing a story in order to bury it is a practice that many in the tabloid industry call “catch and kill.” This is a favorite tactic of the C.E.O. and chairman of A.M.I., David Pecker, who describes the President as “a personal friend.” As part of the agreement, A.M.I. consented to publish a regular aging-and-fitness column by McDougal. After Trump won the Presidency, however, A.M.I.’s promises largely went unfulfilled, according to McDougal. Last month, the Journal reported that Trump’s personal lawyer had negotiated a separate agreement just before the election with an adult-film actress named Stephanie Clifford, whose screen name is Stormy Daniels, which barred her from discussing her own affair with Trump. Since then, A.M.I. has repeatedly approached McDougal about extending her contract.