Following the recent disclosure that Russian actors purchased political ads on Facebook to attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, the discredited website BuzzFeed has come out with a new bombshell, claiming that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon tried to plant a mole inside Facebook, hoping to spy on Facebook’s job application process.
BuzzFeed released its report Monday morning, claiming to have obtained emails sent just days before Bannon joined Trump’s presidential campaign.
The email exchange is reportedly between Bannon, former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, and Chris Gacek, a former congressional staffer now on board with the Family Research Council.
According to the BuzzFeed report, on Aug. 1, 2016, Gacek wrote an email to Bannon which said, “There is one for a DC-based ‘Public Policy Manager’ at Facebook’s What’s APP [sic] division. LinkedIn sent me a notice about some job openings. This seems perfect for Breitbart to flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will report back to you / Milo with INTEL about the job application process over at FB.”
The same day, Bannon forwarded the email to Yiannopoulos, saying, “Can you get on this?”
Yiannopoulos then reportedly forwarded Bannon’s request on to a group of contracted researchers, and one responded doubtfully by saying, “Seems difficult [sic] to do quietly without them becoming aware of efforts.”
BuzzFeed claims that the exchange “shows the lengths to which the brawling new American right is willing to go to keep tabs on and gain leverage over the Silicon Valley giants it used to help elect Trump — but whose executives it also sees as part of the globalist enemy.”
The publication also notes, “Earlier this month, former White House chief strategist told an audience in Hong Kong that he was leading efforts to regulate Facebook and Google as ‘public utilities.’”
Additional information was provided on the job listing that was sent to Bannon:
The job listing Gacek attached in his email to Bannon was for a public policy manager position in Washington, DC, working on the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messenger. The job description included such responsibilities as “Develop and execute WhatsApp’s global policy strategy” and “Represent WhatsApp in meetings with government officials and elected members.” It sought candidates with law degrees and 10 years of public policy experience.
The position was reportedly filled by Christine Turner, a former director of the Trade Policy and Global Supply Chain Security in President Obama’s National Security Council.
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