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Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates, who has pleaded guilty in Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, sought proposals from an Israeli company in 2016 to create fake online identities in an effort to aid President Trump’s campaign, The New York Times reported Monday.
Gates reportedly solicited plans to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help Trump defeat his opponents in the Republican primary, as well as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election.
The article goes on to state the following:
Gates sought a proposal from a company staffed by former Israeli intelligence officers, Psy-Group, to use fake identities to sway 5,000 Republican National Convention delegates by attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), an opponent of Trump’s at the time, according to the Times.
Mark Mazzetti, one of the Times reporters who authored the story, said Monday on CNN that the firm proposed using “40 to 50 people to create thousands of different identities — fake personas on Twitter, Facebook, et cetera.”
“And these would then target … delegates based on a psychological profile that the company built about the delegates — find out what most interested them. So you build a profile and use these avatars, bots, et cetera to spread messages, to try to influence their votes, to try to make sure that they stay on the Trump side,” Mazzetti added.
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NEW: Rick Gates, the Trump campaign deputy, sought proposals in 2016 from an Israeli intel firm, which suggested creating fake online profiles to convince RNC delegates not to vote for Cruz, and gathering intel on Clinton https://t.co/TFDpNtJYpX
— Amy Fiscus (@amyfiscus) October 8, 2018
Rick Gates requested proposals in 2016 from the Israeli company Psy Group to create fake online identities, use social media manipulation and gather intelligence to help defeat Republican primary race opponents, particularly Ted Cruz, and Clinton. https://t.co/0aTWy8H5xv
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 8, 2018
Rick Gates requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities, to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help defeat Republican primary race opponents and Hillary Clinton, NYT reports. https://t.co/4buz5mr9WR
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 8, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) October 8, 2018
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