We’ve seen and heard a lot from the mainstream media about the various ways in which the Russian government was able to meddle with the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. It’s a foregone conclusion that it occurred, but the depth and scope of the meddling and what Russia would have done if they were allowed to, is a completely different story.
We know that Russia wanted Candidate Donald Trump to win the election. U.S. Intelligence has already confirmed this, but according to a former Israeli Parliament Official, the entire meddling campaign was very complex, and included hundreds, if not thousands of volunteers from Russia and even perhaps other nations around the world.
In an exclusive interview with former Israeli Parliament Official, Shaul Vladimir Kabakchy, whose job it was to monitor the internet for an Israeli political party, IR.net learns that HTML inscription and the use of the Russian Social Media website VKONTAKTE played a tremendous role in allowing Russia to aide Candidate Trump.
“[I’ve been] monitoring Russian meddling for the last two years and I saw it developing in real time from the cooking of fake news to [the] photoshopping [of] images of Hillary to make [them] disgusting,” Kabakchy tells IR.net. “It was such a large scale project, including so many people.”
Kabakchy, while he monitored a lot of suspicious activity that the Russians were taking part in, never actually saved or recorded anything because he had assumed that the CIA and FBI were following and seeing everything that he himself saw. Kabakchy says that the Russians were using the code (HTML) behind most websites, in order to communicate orders to volunteers willing to help with their endeavors.
“People in the Israeli Parliament showed me this way of communication at that time used by Russian intel,” Kabakchy explained. “HTML language, [used] for building [websites] gives the programmer an opportunity of leaving notes which will not be visible on the interface. If you right click on a website and press ‘inspect’ (or “view source”), you can see HTML of various elements which is 100 times more boring than Chinese for the average person. And (virtually) nobody [does this]. To look for something there, is like the Russians say, is to look for a needle in a hay storage.”
Basically, as Kabakchy explains, the Russian government used social media sites like VKONTAKTE, as well as other official and unofficial government sites to hide messages behind the actual interface of the site, using HTML to do so. Only those who viewed the source of the websites and then knew how to search through the code to find messages, were able to see the orders the Russian government was giving to its team of volunteers. These volunteers were people who were willing to help the Russian government with their mission, but were not trusted enough to have access to the more top secret, closed, private discussions.
Kabakchy tells us that soon after the election was over, all of the conversations on VKONTAKTE about Russian meddling were deleted. He recalls, however, that some of these discussions focused on: “hacking the elections, including details of voting machines in various states, technical opportunity of getting absentee ballots with envelopes, and brainstorming various ideas of manipulating ‘quiet and sleepy’ rural precincts versus urban ones.”
In addition to VKONTAKTE, the Russians apparently used various other websites as well to spread their message via HTML inscriptions. Kabakchy tells us that one such site is a blog run by Alexandr Dugin, in which he believes Dugin was trying to communicate a message to someone in the United States.
“Dugin is a Russian ideologist and some people suspect that he was one of the image-makers of Trump’s campaign,” explained Kabakchy. “The HTML [on his website] has insertions of information which most likely was provided to Dugin. Though Alexandr Dugin has a very good understanding of English, his ability to express himself is way below the level of the writers of the text – it was 100% not his.”
While most Americans are observing the investigation of Russian meddling from the outside, undoubtedly US intel had been keeping a close eye on most of this other activity that went on behind the scenes, perhaps leading them to conclude that the Trump campaign either had a hand in it all, or that they were oblivious to what was going on. Either way, Special Counsel Robert Mueller will eventually reach a conclusion.
What do you think?