LONDON (Reuters) - The British Foreign Office said on Sunday Russia is using a troll factory to spread disinformation about the war in Ukraine on social media and target politicians across a number of countries including Britain and South Africa. Britain cited UK-funded expert research, which it did not publish. It said the research exposed how the Kremlin's disinformation campaign was designed to manipulate international public opinion of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, boost support for it and recruit new sympathisers. Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a "special operation" to disarm Ukraine...
Stories Chosen For You
Former President Donald Trump has confessed.
In an ongoing rant posted to his personal social media account on Monday, the former president admitted that he stole the documents from the White House, concealed them for a year, lied to the FBI, his lawyers lied in court documents, then demanded a special master and now a special master is overseeing a likely prosecution.
"….When will you invade Bill and Hillary’s home in search of the 33,000 emails she deleted AFTER receiving a subpoena from the U.S. Congress? When will you invade the other Presidents’ homes in search of documents, which are voluminous, which they took with them, but not nearly so openly and transparently as I did?"
The fact-check is wrong about the 33,000 emails, but that has never stopped the complaints he has about Hillary Clinton. Similarly, the National Archives has released a statement saying that previous presidents didn't steal documents. All presidents are given 12 years to review or even use past documents, but they have to go to the National Archives to ensure the documents are recorded under the Presidential Records Act.
But it's the last line Trump wrote that will likely be one people remember forever: "they took with them, but not nearly so openly and transparently as I did?"
Trump has only been transparent about stealing the documents after the FBI came in to take them back and after over a year of outreach in trying to acquire them. At no point did Trump post anything or reveal anything about stealing the documents "transparently."
Addressing the issue on Monday, was Mary McCord the former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016 to 2017.
"So, you know, I think that if there hadn't been many months of back and forth a National Archives saying, we think you have presidential records, him delaying, finally delaying delivering a couple of boxes, still not being a full return of all the boxes, a subpoena being issued, more documents being produced, certification or a declaration that there was all the documents that were in his custody, signed certification and filing a search warrant," said McCord. "If we hadn't had all of that, he might've said in the chaos of moving. I didn't realize they were all there."
McCord made it clear, saying "I thought they were mine," isn't really a possibility anymore. She went on to explain that many of the documents being classified and marked as such are also damning for Trump.
"So, even if there was a Pollyannaish defense, he has destroyed it with his own changing of stories," she explained. "I think he is going to say his defense to what he said today in that Truth Social post is 'Oh, no — again I do everything transparently and openly, of course, it wouldn't be anything I had any knowledge of what that was unlawful. Otherwise, why would not be trusted transparent?' But at some point, that just doesn't hold up anymore."
Former FBI general counsel and prosecutor under special counsel Robert Mueller's team, Andrew Weissmann, was attacked by Trump in an earlier post as he's been fearless in speaking out about the laws that Trump breaks.
"With Donald Trump, one of the things that you have learned through history and you know is a posture is all of this is never about the actual facts. It is always about invective and activists and media spin," said Weissmann. "If you are's defense lawyer, you are having palpitations because of some of that media spin that he engages in. So, the statement you read at the outset of the program completely belies the defense of the documents were planted."
At the same time, Weissmann said that Trump is openly saying that he took the documents. It's part of the "defense du jour," he called it, saying that Trump changed the story almost hourly for a while, then daily and now this is a new defense.
"He seems to be saying, 'Oh, I, openly and notoriously took these documents, but I believed they were my personal documents,'" explained Weissmann. "That the mere act of taking them from the White House sort of magically transmogrified them to be my personal documents. That is belied by the fact that, of course, he didn't have the power and he has said inconsistent things with that latest defense as has his lawyer, where they agreed that these were documents that belonged to the Archives. So, again, I think again I think it's really important to remember that this is not at all about the actual facts. It is really Donald Trump engaging and media relations, and it's going to hurt him at trial."
See a screen capture of the post below as well as the video of the interview with Weissmann and McCord. Upon writing the story, Trump has not deleted the statement.
Trump confessed www.youtube.com
Kanye West storms from interview after right-wing podcaster offers 'slightest' pushback on his anti-Semitism
On Monday, TMZ reported that pro-Trump rapper Kanye West, known by the mononym "Ye," stormed off an interview with a right-wing podcaster after being asked about his recent anti-Semitism controversies.
The incident was captured on video — although they deny that Ye's decision to leave the set was over the questions he was being asked.
"Ye went on Tim Pool's podcast Monday, where he was joined by radical right-wing extremist Milo Yiannopoulos and controversial and proud white nationalist Nick Fuentes ... and it didn't take long for the conversation to get uncomfortable," said the report. "Kanye starts railing on the Jews and after a few minutes of ranting, Tim starts to push back in the slightest way ... and that's all it takes for Ye to hop out of his chair and bolt for the exit."
"Later on during the podcast, a producer says Ye, Milo and Nick all left together in a car ... claiming Ye told producers he wasn't angry with Tim, but his issue was getting cut off," noted the report.
Ye, who is considering a run for president to the right of former President Donald Trump, has seen much of his business empire collapse following his anti-Semitic behavior, including a social media proclamation he was going to "go death con 3 ON JEWISH PEOPLE," and promotion of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, which baselessly claims the real "original tribes" of Israel were Black Africans and modern-day Jews are imposters.
Despite all of this, and despite the potential threat of competition against him, Trump held a dinner meeting at Mar-a-Lago with Ye and Fuentes earlier this month, sparking national controversy.
Google handed investigators location data for over 5,000 devices to investigate MAGA rioters: report
On Monday, WIRED reported that Google has handed over location data for around over 5,000 devices to federal investigators pursuing cases against the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 — a dragnet that is unprecedented in scale for such an investigation.
Furthermore, said the report, this handover caught up a bunch of rioters who thought they had turned off their cell phone connections or went out of their way to try to delete their location data.
"A filing in the case of one of the January 6 suspects, David Rhine, shows that Google initially identified 5,723 devices as being in or near the U.S. Capitol during the riot. Only around 900 people have so far been charged with offenses relating to the siege," reported Mark Harris. "The filing suggests that dozens of phones that were in airplane mode during the riot, or otherwise out of cell service, were caught up in the trawl. Nor could users erase their digital trails later. In fact, 37 people who attempted to delete their location data following the attacks were singled out by the FBI for greater scrutiny."
"Geofence search warrants are intended to locate anyone in a given area using digital services," noted the report. "Because Google’s Location History system is both powerful and widely used, the company is served about 10,000 geofence warrants in the US each year. Location History leverages GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth signals to pinpoint a phone within a few yards. Although the final location is still subject to some uncertainty, it is usually much more precise than triangulating signals from cell towers. Location History is turned off by default, but around a third of Google users switch it on, enabling services like real-time traffic prediction."
“We have a rigorous process for geofence warrants that is designed to protect the privacy of our users while supporting the important work of law enforcement,” said Google in a statement. “When Google receives legal demands, we examine them closely for legal validity and constitutional concerns, including overbreadth, consistent with developing case law. If a request asks for too much information, we work to narrow it. We routinely push back on overbroad demands, including overbroad geofence demands, and in some cases, we object to producing any information at all.”
As of press time, more than 950 Capitol riot defendants have been charged, convicted, or sentenced. Their charges range from unlawful picketing and trespassing, to assaulting law enforcement, as well as seditious conspiracy charges against leaders of the far-right groups the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, who allegedly planned out their roles in the attacks well in advance.