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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:39 PM

Mueller Report Bolsters Claims That Russia Penetrated Election Systems in Florida

Mueller Report Bolsters Claims That Russia Penetrated Election Systems in Florida
When then-Sen. Bill Nelson warned of this last year, he was mocked by Republicans and the media.
Pema Levy
Reporter

Last summer, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) drew skepticism and ridicule from the media and Republicans when he claimed that Russian hackers had gained access to local election systems in his state. Eight months later, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report appears to back him up.

In November 2016, the Mueller report states, Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, sent emails to more than 120 accounts used by Florida county officials involved in election administration. The emails appeared to come from a voting system software vendor and contained an attached Microsoft Word document that, when opened, unleashed malicious software that would permit the GRU to access the infected computer—a kind of attack known as spear-phishing.

This much was already known. But the report, which details Russian interference in the election that includes the Kremlin’s attempt to penetrate state election systems, adds one more tidbit: “We understand the FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government.”...

Florida’s Republican secretary of state categorically denied it. Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican who would go on to defeat Nelson in the Senate race, attributed his comments to “confusion.” Soon, Republicans were using the comments to attack Nelson, hinting that he had made up the threat. The media was no kinder to Nelson. Reporters on Twitter were dismissive. MSNBC host Chuck Todd dubbed Nelson’s comment an “unforced error” in his campaign. The Washington Post conducted a fact-check of his comments and awarded Nelson four Pinocchios—the number reserved for the most egregious lies—even though it had no access to the classified information Nelson said backed up his assertion. The Department of Homeland Security said, cryptically, that it was unaware of “any new compromises by Russian actors.”

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/04/mueller-report-bolsters-claims-that-russia-penetrated-election-systems-in-florida/

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Reply Mueller Report Bolsters Claims That Russia Penetrated Election Systems in Florida (Original post)
mcar Apr 2019 OP
katmondoo Apr 2019 #1
mcar Apr 2019 #5
uponit7771 Apr 2019 #2
triron Apr 2019 #8
femmedem Apr 2019 #3
spanone Apr 2019 #4
mcar Apr 2019 #6
Blue Owl Apr 2019 #7

Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:42 PM

1. That is why we are stuck with a damn Republican Governor here in Florida

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Response to katmondoo (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:10 PM

5. I was always suspicious

We were robbed.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:48 PM

2. The voter roll systems nationwide were hacked into and malware installed on their systems

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 06:22 PM

8. Hillary won Florida.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 03:04 PM

3. This topic needs to be top of the list when Mueller testifies.

And we need guaranteed new elections when we know that someone was "elected" via cheating.
And we need paper ballots, of course.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 03:07 PM

4. So....did the russians help elect rick scott????

Oh, and FUCK CHUCK TODD

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Response to spanone (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:11 PM

6. And deRacist

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 05:59 PM

7. I don't think Putin pulled out in time...

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