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Hacked Emails Reveal Russian Astroturfing Program 153

gotfork writes "Quoting The Guardian: 'A pro-Kremlin group runs a network of internet trolls, seeks to buy flattering coverage of Vladimir Putin and hatches plans to discredit opposition activists and media, according to private emails allegedly hacked by a group calling itself the Russian arm of Anonymous.' While a similar program has operated in China for a long time, and some commentators have suggested that a similar program exists in Russia, this is the first confirmation."
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Hacked Emails Reveal Russian Astroturfing Program

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 09, 2012 @06:20PM (#38988905)

    mod = -1;

  • by garthsundem ( 1702946 ) on Thursday February 09, 2012 @06:31PM (#38989057) Homepage
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  • Re:Lie! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by wierd_w ( 1375923 ) on Thursday February 09, 2012 @06:35PM (#38989107)

    Am I the only one who gigglesnorted after reading this?

    I don't want to sound trollish, but obama was practically heralded as the chosen one, and anyone who spoke out against him was reflexively labeled a racisist biggot.....

    So, now its perfectly possible to say he's a douche who shouldn't have been elected, and not be called a racisist fuck?

    When did that happen? I'm honestly curious.......

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