Meet Shadowy Democrat Behind 'False Flag' Russian Operation
Billionaire Reid Hoffman apologized Wednesday for funding an effort to dupe Alabama voters into believing Russian bots were fueling Republican Roy Moore’s failed senatorial bid. But he left crucial questions unanswered.
His statement left several important facts about the so-called experiment unaddressed, including a detailed accounting of everyone involved in the caper, as well who crafted and executed the campaign. The effort was the subject of a closed-door presentation in Washington, D.C., to a group of liberal technology experts, The Washington Post reported, citing anonymous sources.
“I find the tactics that have been recently reported highly disturbing,” Hoffman said in his statement. “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 Hoffman-financed group allegedly used Facebook and Twitter to undermine support for Moore and boost Democrat Doug Jones, who narrowly won the race. Hoffman referred to a group he funded, American Engagement Technologies (AET), as being involved in the effort.
The cost of the left-wing effort equaled the nationwide operation by the Russian Internet Research Agency to troll people on social media before the 2016 presidential election.
The mainstream media bought into the narrative, suggesting Russia backed Moore's candidacy.
Moore, already in trouble having been accused by nine women of sexual misconduct – one of whom was 14 at the time of the alleged incident – never recovered.