Russiagate Own Goal: Florida Paper’s Election Hacking Story Refutes Own Premise

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In what has to be the shortest-yet transit of the Russiagate lies-to-refutation pipeline, the Miami Herald provided extensive evidence in a Thursday article disproving its own outlandish misreading of the Mueller report’s conclusions about supposed Russian hacking of Florida’s election system in 2016.

We appreciate it when people do our work for us. For the sake of both brevity and edification, here’s what the Herald argued on Thursday.

According to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the two-year-long Russiagate investigation, “In August 2016, GRU [Russian military intelligence] officers targeted employees of [REDACTED], a voting technology company that developed software used by numerous US counties to manage voter rolls, and installed malware on the company network… the spearphishing emails contained an attached Word document coded with malicious software (commonly referred to as a Trojan) that permitted the GRU to access the infected computer.”

The Herald reported that “over 120 email accounts used by Florida county officials responsible for overseeing the 2016 election” received the emails.

“We understand the FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government,” the report said and the Herald reported — noting, however, that Mueller’s office “did not independently verify that belief.”

Local officials didn’t know what they…

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