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One of the operatives reportedly behind a so-called false-flag campaign in Alabama appeared to confirm elements of the ruse in 2017 despite denying knowledge of the project in recent reports.
Democratic operatives’ troll campaign in Alabama took a turn after old tweets reveal one of the groups responsible might have known more than they were letting on.
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The founder of one of the groups reportedly behind a misinformation campaign during the 2017 Alabama special election appeared to confirm elements of a ruse in a 2017 tweet, despite denying the caper in recent reports.
Jonathon Morgan, the founder of New Knowledge (NK), denied knowledge of his group’s intent to create Twitter accounts posing as Russian bots to torpedo Republican Roy Moore’s senatorial bid. Morgan’s social media history casts doubt on his contentions.
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“Russian trolls tracked by #Hamilton68 are taking an interest in the AL Senate race. What a surprise,” Morgan wrote in a Nov. 10, 2017 tweet, which mentioned Hamilton68, a dashboard operated by the Alliance for Securing Democracy.
His tweet came less than a month before NK reportedly created an internal report documenting crucial elements of the campaign. Morgan’s comments also suggests he was speaking about the alleged Russian bots as if they were a matter of fact.
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NK also provided the Senate Intelligence Committee a report in December 2018 highlighting the extent to which trolls injected themselves into the U.S. political system. The Senate report also claimed Russia specifically targeted black people on social media. Morgan, for his part, has repeatedly argued that Moscow’s meddling places democracy in peril.
The campaign came to light after The New York Times published an exposé on Dec. 19, 2018, showing operatives associated with NK targeted conservative Alabama voters with fake Facebook pages intended to hurt Moore and boost his opponent, Democratic Sen. Doug Jones.
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