#13Russians: Underwhelmed netizens react to US indictment over election meddling
Following Friday’s revelation that a US federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly interfering with the US 2016 election, many thought they would finally get the answers they have been searching for.
Don't forget that most of these guys aren't some KGB dark arts geniuses, they're underpaid journalists from failing local news outlets with their careers going down the drain, the Internet Research Agency being the only place that would still employ them. https://t.co/Zc8QZGI0H2— Alexey Kovalev (@Alexey__Kovalev) February 16, 2018
However, the indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller includes no allegations that any of the ‘interference’ actually influenced the outcome of the election at all.
Already seeing Hillbots tweeting Russia "inflated" size of @SenSanders movement & it wasn't as big as reported. I covered 40-50 rallies and events, several with 30-40k in attendance. There was nothing inflated about #FeeltheBern. Only inflation is bullshit that will now be spun— Jordan (@JordanChariton) February 16, 2018
The indictment does accuse the defendants (now affectionately referred to as the #13Russians) of forming an organization known as the Internet Research Agency. A group which they say "sought, in part, to conduct what it called 'information warfare against the United States of America' through fictitious US personas on social media platforms and other Internet-based media."
The group is accused of "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump...and disparaging Hillary Clinton." However, the indictment also found the group was established in May 2014, long before President Donald Trump announced his intention to run for office. It also states that after Trump’s inauguration, the group scheduled rallies both for and against the newly elected president.
In essence, the highly anticipated evidence of Russian collusion, which has plagued the headlines of every mainstream news organization for more than a year, was underwhelming for several reasons.
1. The entire ‘operation’ consisted of 13 people and some of their alleged activities are, let’s say, humorous.
FBI be busy chasing #13Russians and texting lovers but no time to prevent tragedies with warning signs like Las Vegas and Nicolas cruz, when warned months before.— PinkAboutIt 🇺🇸 (@Pink_About_it) February 16, 2018
FBI was weaponized by Obama admin and actively tried to tamper elections.
Why do we have an FBI again?
2. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said there are “no allegations” that the suspected activities actually affected the polls.
3. The over-dramatisation of Russian interference in this election cannot be overstated.
My Facebook page reaches 9 million people a week. And that’s a slow week.— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) February 16, 2018
But the Russian trolls reached 59 *thousand* and somehow altered an election?
Some of y’all in the media don’t understand social media analytics at all. pic.twitter.com/IbJAw3d3OX
it's insane. The spend alone was not enough to move the needle for a small operation, let alone one big enough to influence a national election. Folks covering this are so dumb it hurts.— Jordan S. Terry (@The_Analyst) February 16, 2018
Mueller just indicted a bunch of Russians for setting up fake social media accounts and buying Facebook ads to say nasty things about Hillary online— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) February 16, 2018
How anyone can miss the massive prosecutorial overreach and blatant First Amendment implications of this is beyond me
Oh, and there’s also this:
The chances of Russia handing these people over is roughly 0%.— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) February 16, 2018
Moscow has repeatedly refuted claims of alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin also ridiculed such claims, suggesting that the US was “not a banana republic” to be treated that way.