Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations — which dropped early Friday afternoon — made it clear that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to a far greater extent than we previously knew, and in ways that had not yet been reported.
There were, however, a number of aspects of this story — specifically relating to the doings of the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm — that TPM had previously looked into.
Here are five things we already knew:
– The Internet Research Agency ran the @Ten_GOP twitter account that purportedly represented the Tennessee state Republican Party. The bogus account attracted over 100,000 followers. Read more »
– The Internet Research Agency recruited activists from a variety of causes, including Black Lives Matter and right-wing groups, to organize events throughout the U.S. Read more »
– The Internet Research Agency trashed left-wing movements in the U.S., including Black Lives Matter, while promoting Trump on Twitter using an account supposedly aligned with the Tea Party, @tpartynews. Read more »
– The Internet Research Agency promoted Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein on social media. Read more »
– The Internet Research Agency appeared to have the goal of meddling with the functioning of American democracy by inflaming partisanship and sowing division. Read more »