During the presidential campaign of 2016, a number of connections between candidate Donald Trump were uncovered. During the same time period, Trump’s campaigned was supported by Julian Assange through his WikiLeaks organization. Over the course of the last six months, more evidence that there are connections has been uncovered. This set of pages will be devoted to the known facts about these connections.
As usual, this page has references and links for further reading. Additionally, the timeline includes links to news articles that reported the event in the timeline (in some cases tweets). Please note that this page relies on information that has been made public and assumes that the reporting is accurate. Effort has been made to keep this as up to date as possible but new information comes in bursts and I have found it easy to miss information. Finally, the US intelligence agencies may have more information relevant to the investigation that has not made public. Some information had been obtained in the course of other classified investigations (FISA warrants) and it may be possible that some parts of the story will not be made public.
Allegations against Russia
According to Senators Mark Warner and Richard Burr of the Senate Intelligence Committee, that there was up to 1000 hackers working out of a facility in Russia. These hackers were creating networks of bots. These bots were then used to generate fake news down to specific areas. These bots concentrated on Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania (key swing states that Trump unexpectedly won). There is some evidence that these hackers are still working to support Trump.
A number of Russian based hackers employed phishing techniques to gain access to the email of John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee. These emails were leaked through WikiLeaks for the purposes of creating negative stories about Hillary Clinton.
- What we know
- Relevant questions
- Key actors
- Trump’s business ties to Russia
- References and Further Reading