Looks like I’m going to rewrite some of the content pretty soon. After putting together the social media page, I knew that the concepts weren’t all quite right. Today I re-read the DNI report from last December, and it turns out I didn’t grasp its discussion of Russia’s blended strategy, with covert intelligence operations combined with overt efforts. I know how to fix it, though. Clean up will be on the “hacking campaign” page, the “covert” and “overt” pages, the “social media” page, and probably both the Guccifer and Wikileaks pages. Yikes.
I put up an initial draft of a social media page describing and showing examples of Russian propaganda spread through the US via social media in the run up to the 2016 election.<Edit: the social media page has now been merged into the broader page on Russia’s Influence Campaign.> I’m thinking I’ll eventually break it up into multiple pages with different sub-topics. Also, with so many images of memes, I’m thinking I’ll create separate pages just for those images.
I’m still in the process of this site’s original build, so a lot of my research isn’t posted yet. However, I’m still trying to incorporate at least some new stories as they happen. For example, I updated the page on Wilbur Ross today following yesterday’s “Paradise Papers” news.
But it seems like ever since Manafort’s indictment last week, the story is moving a lot faster than before. This is going to be difficult to keep current. I’ll keep trying. But I do still have a day job.
I’m still trudging through the build. One thing that I haven’t completely decided yet, is how much I should include false statements by the trump campaign. For the most part, the site only talks about events. But I feel like that doesn’t quite cover the whole story. It seems like it would also be important to include false statements about these events made by the trump campaign.
For example, the campaign first said that Michael Flynn only spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak once by phone, and once via text message, both before the December 2016 sanctions. Then they admitted that Flynn spoke with Kislyak after the sanctions, but only to plan for a post-inauguration congratulatory call between Putin and trump. Then Flynn admitted that they might have maybe talked about sanctions on that call. Then they were forced to admit that Flynn made it clear to Kislyak that trump would lift the sanctions. Then, oh yeah, Flynn and Kushner also met with Kislyak in person at trump tower in early December. Then, they were forced to admit that Flynn requested that Kislyak facilitate a secure encrypted communications channel for him to use to communicate directly with Russia, outside the ears of US intelligence. And I’m probably forgetting a lot.
The site will continue to be built over the next week or so, I guess. For now, I’m basically breaking the full Timeline into separate pages. The Timeline should continue to be the comprehensive compilation of information and evidence of improper collusion by the Trump campaign, working with Russia in their interference in the 2016 US election.
I’m publishing all updates live, as I make them. So new pages should continue to appear periodically.