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  1. Standard membervivify
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    31 Oct '18 17:55
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46042179


    Trump Russia: Bungled plot emerges to smear Robert Mueller

    A fake spy company, faked LinkedIn profiles, a conspiracy theorist and a pro-Trump blogger are all embroiled in the latest, and strangest, story in Washington DC.

    On Tuesday information came to light about what appears to be a plot to try and smear special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

    The details are still unclear, but centre around an apparent attempt to pay women to invent allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Mueller in an alleged effort to discredit his probe.

    Mr Mueller's spokesperson said in a statement that they have now asked the FBI to look into the matter.
  2. Standard membervivify
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    31 Oct '18 18:03
    The confusing events, in brief:

    The plan unravelled across US media on Tuesday, one day after Jacob Wohl, a 20-year-old conservative blogger, tweeted on Monday night that a "scandalous" story about Mr Mueller was about to break.

    Mr Wohl, a Fox News contributor, is known best as a right-wing Twitter provocateur and ex-hedge-fund manager who was banned by a US trading body for life earlier this year after being accused of fraud.

    He and other US journalists said they had received an email from a woman named Lorraine Parsons earlier this month, who claimed someone working for a Republican lobbyist called Jack Burkman had contacted her.

    Mr Burkman, who has a radio show, is notorious in Washington for spreading conspiracy theories and has been involved in a number of other high-profile publicity attempts around them.

    In her emails, "Lorraine" said the man alleged he could help her pay off some of her family's $30,000+ credit card debt in exchange for her making accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Mr Mueller, whom she told the journalists she worked with in the 1970s.

    But the law firm she mentioned told US media outlets they have no record of anyone under her name ever working there.

    Some journalists also looked into evidence of anyone of her name living in the Fort Myers, Florida area she mentioned, but were unable to verify her existence.

    And the mystery intelligence firm?
    Although it's unclear whether "Lorraine" actually exists, another woman named Jennifer Taub told the Atlantic that she had also been contacted by a man claiming to be from Surefire Intelligence called Simon Frick who fished about non-existent "past encounters" she had had with Mr Mueller, teasing payment.

    Aric Toler, from the investigative website Bellingcat, pointed out that Frick and his colleagues all used fake images on their LinkedIn pages.

    The catfish identities were heavily edited, using images of stock models, Israeli model Bar Refaeli and Oscar-Winning actor Christoph Waltz.

    On Tuesday, Bellingcat also pointed out the company was registered using an email address that pointed back to to Jacob Wohl himself .

    Further, when NBC news tried to call the website's officially-registered number, it led them to the voicemail inbox of the 20-year-old's mother .

    Worse for him still, New Yorker journalist Jane Mayer then flagged that someone the firm's "managing partner" Matthew Cohen actually appeared to be a manipulated photograph of Jacob Wohl himself.
  3. Standard memberSleepyguy
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    31 Oct '18 18:46
    @vivify said
    The confusing events, in brief:

    The plan unravelled across US media on Tuesday, one day after Jacob Wohl, a 20-year-old conservative blogger, tweeted on Monday night that a "scandalous" story about Mr Mueller was about to break.

    Mr Wohl, a Fox News contributor, is known best as a right-wing Twitter provocateur and ex-hedge-fund manager who was banned by a US tradi ...[text shortened]... rtner" Matthew Cohen actually appeared to be a manipulated photograph of Jacob Wohl himself.
    ... and that's why no one should read Gateway Pundit.
  4. Subscriberno1marauder
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    31 Oct '18 23:12
    @sleepyguy said
    ... and that's why no one should read Gateway Pundit.
    Even GP has bailed:

    The Gateway Pundit posted documents earlier on Tuesday that purported to contain allegations against Mr. Mueller. But the site’s founder, Jim Hoft, took down the records, saying that the site was investigating them anew and that there were “serious allegations” against Mr. Wohl.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/us/politics/mueller-fabricated-claims.html
  5. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    Don't be so quick to dismiss this bungled plot. Mott believes it.
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    @handyandy said
    Don't be so quick to dismiss this bungled plot. Mott believes it.
    Yes, and the real bigger problem is there might be millions like Mott, who will continue to believe the allegations with their default position being that the Deep State (The Man) simply shut down this joker, Jacob Wohl.

    (Note that he signs off as JacobAWohl), which makes him either AWOL in terms of journalistic cred, or simply just an A Whole!!
  7. Subscriberno1marauder
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    @kmax87 said
    Yes, and the real bigger problem is there might be millions like Mott, who will continue to believe the allegations with their default position being that the Deep State (The Man) simply shut down this joker, Jacob Wohl.

    (Note that he signs off as JacobAWohl), which makes him either AWOL in terms of journalistic cred, or simply just an A Whole!!
    GP is working on a bigger story; how Whitey Bulger was killed because he was about to rat out Robert Mueller and FBI officials.



    You probably thought that was a joke but: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/10/mueller-connected-boston-mobster-whitey-bulger-killed-in-prison-as-he-was-about-to-out-fbi-officials/
  8. Standard memberSleepyguy
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    @no1marauder said
    GP is working on a bigger story; how Whitey Bulger was killed because he was about to rat out Robert Mueller and FBI officials.



    You probably thought that was a joke but: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/10/mueller-connected-boston-mobster-whitey-bulger-killed-in-prison-as-he-was-about-to-out-fbi-officials/
    ... and that's why no one should read Gateway Pundit.
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