By Moon Of Alabama
March 19, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - The
Justice Department dropped its case against a
Russian company which was alleged of influencing the
2016 elections. But as one false claim about Russian
influence campaigns is now thoroughly debunked new
nonsensical claims about alleged Russian influence
In February 2018 the Mueller investigation of
alleged election interference indicted a Russian
company and individuals. As we
reported at that time:
Yesterday the U.S. Justice Department
indicted the Russian Internet Research
Agency on some dubious legal grounds. It
covers thirteen Russian people and three Russian
legal entities. The main count of the indictment
is an alleged "Conspiracy to Defraud the United
indictment gives support to our
long held believe that there was no "Russian
influence" campaign during the U.S. election.
What is described and denounced as such was
instead a commercial marketing scheme which ran
click-bait websites to generate advertisement
revenue and created online crowds around virtual
persona to promote whatever its commercial
customers wanted to promote. The size of the
operation was tiny when compared to the hundreds
of millions in campaign expenditures. It had no
influence on the election outcome.
We could claim that because the indictment said
in its point 95:
Defendants and their co-conspirators also used
the accounts to receive money from real U.S.
persons in exchange for posting
promotions and advertisements on the
ORGANIZATION-controlled social media pages.
Defendants and their co-conspirators typically
charged certain U.S. merchants and U.S. social
media sites between 25 and 50 U.S. dollars per
post for promotional content on their
popular false U.S. persona accounts, including
Being Patriotic, Defend the 2nd, and Blacktivist.
The Russian trolls sold media space to
advertisers. They had nothing to with the election.
Our report then
The indictment is fodder for the public to prove
that the Mueller investigation is "doing
something". It distracts from further
questioning the origin of the Steele dossier. It
is full of unproven assertions and assumptions.
It is a sham in that none of the Russian persons
or companies indicted will ever come in front of
a U.S. court.
The last sentence of that quote has proven to be
wrong. One of the legal entities the Mueller
investigation indicted, the Russian company Concord
Management, hired a U.S. attorney and challenged the
justice department. The back and forth during the
pre-trial discovery hearings in front of the court,
which can be followed in the
docket of the case, proofed to be
highly entertaining as Concord attorney Eric
around the Special Counsel and DOJ lawyers.
On Monday the Justice Department
dropped the case:
The US Justice Department on Monday abruptly
dropped its criminal case against a company
controlled by an ally of Russian President
Vladimir Putin, which allegedly funded the
campaign to meddle in the United States' 2016
Just weeks before the trial was to begin, the
Justice Department announced it was withdrawing
the eight-count indictment of Concord Management
and Consulting, a company owned by Yevgeny
The Justice Department claims that Concord
Management is demanding evidence for discovery which
is secret and that such a demand makes it impossible
to move towards a trial:
In a filing in Washington federal district
court, the Justice Department said that
Concord's tactics of trying to use US law and
court procedures to prise out classified
intelligence related to the evidence against it
was a threat to national security.
"The government has concluded that further
proceedings as to Concord, a Russian company
with no presence in the United States and no
exposure to meaningful punishment in the event
of conviction, promotes neither the interests of
justice nor the nation's security," it said.
Imagine that - someone who is accused of a crime
is using the law and court procedures to see the
evidence against him. That can not be allowed. Drop
Those who still defend the Russian interference
nonsense will claim that the Trump's Attorney
General, William Barr, has killed the case. But that
The trial team included Adam C. Jed, who had
worked on Mr. Mueller’s team, and Heather Alpino,
a Justice Department National Security Division
lawyer who worked closely with the special
counsel’s office. Both signed the brief filed on
So essentially the Mueller team dropped its own
case against Concord because there was no chance
that they would win it.
But as all claims about Russian influence
campaigns are now debunked new ones must be made to
keep the meme going.
Russia deploying coronavirus disinformation to sow
panic in West, EU document says
Russian media have deployed a “significant
disinformation campaign” against the West to
worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate
panic and sow distrust, according to a European
Union document seen by Reuters.
“A significant disinformation campaign by
Russian state media and pro-Kremlin outlets
regarding COVID-19 is ongoing,” said the
nine-page internal document, dated March 16, ..
It quoted fake news created by Russia in
Italy, the second-most heavily affected country
in the world, that health systems would be
unable to cope and doctors would choose who
lived or died because of a lack of beds.
One wonders if Reuters confused the
shady EU paper with its own March 16
special report about Italy's use of triage in
it's fight against the epidemic. Was that also 'fake
Every time a bed comes free, two
anaesthesiologists consult with a specialist in
resuscitation and an internal medicine physician
to decide who will occupy it.
The most devastating medical crisis in Italy
since World War Two is forcing doctors, patients
and their families to make decisions that Resta,
a former military doctor, said he has not
experienced even in war.
Italy’s Association of Anaesthesia, Analgesia,
Resuscitation and Intensive Care published new
guidelines on March 7. Because it expects a
“huge imbalance” between the clinical needs of
the population and intensive care resources over
the next few weeks, it told those on the front
lines: Give priority to those with “greater life
If Russian state media indeed reported that
Italy's health system is unable to cope with the
epidemic and that doctors must choose who to save
than it reported the naked truth. There were more
than 4,000 new cases in Italy today and more than
450 dead. That is a new global record.
primarily the New York Times, were the
ones which made false claims about Russian influence
campaigns which never existed. Western media,
primarily the New York Times,
continue to do so.
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