Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Israeli firm pitched social media manipulation to Trump campaign

This 1998 frame from video provided by C-SPAN shows George Nader president and editor of Middle East Insight This 1998 frame from video provided by C-SPAN shows George Nader president and editor of Middle East Insight
Pablo Mccormick | 10 October, 2018, 05:25

The meeting allegedly took place in August 2016 after Donald Trump's top campaign aide, Rick Gates, requested proposals from Psy-Group to help defeat Republican primary opponents and Clinton with online manipulation. That's according to The New York Times, which reports Gates contacted Psy-Group, a company staffed by former Israeli intelligence agents, seeking ways to undermine Hillary Clinton's campaign. Cruz, at the time, was the only person standing between Donald Trump and the Republican nomination. While, it is unknown if the Trump campaign actually acted on these proposal, sources told the New York Times that ultimately Rick Gates became disinterested in what Psy-Group had to offer.

The Trump campaign apparently did not express interest in the proposals, and its unclear whether the activities would have fallen afoul of U.S. laws prohibiting foreign interference in elections. The goal was always to help Trump win the presidency. Its owner, Joel Zamel, met with Donald Trump Jr.in August of 2016. Nader and Zamel have provided differing accounts for the reason behind the payment. Psy-Group came up with several proposals, which it dubbed "Project Rome".

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A lawyer for Zamel denied to the Times that he had discussed the proposal with anyone from the Trump campaign.

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A third proposal by Psy-Group outlined a plan to use social media to expose or amplify division among rival campaigns and factions, the Times reports.

That meeting, revealed in May by The Times, was also attended by George Nader, an emissary from the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, and by Erik Prince, a Republican donor and the founder of the private security company formerly known as Blackwater.

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Psy-Group claimed that it would provide "all services in accordance with the laws and regulations of the country/ies in which they are conducted".

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