The Washington Post reports that Vietnam Veterans of America warned the Defense Department and Veterans Affairs Departments last year that manipulation campaigns could sow discord among their communities. They have have been “brushed off” from those departments, according to the report.
Last month Vietnam Veterans of America also asked for the president’s help in a letter after the various departments had not responded to evidence of “fraudulent activities ranging from identity theft to election interference,” the Post reports.
Vietnam Veterans of America produced a report earlier this year that found that there was a “documented persistent, pervasive, and coordinated online targeting of American service members, veterans, and their families by foreign entities who seek to disrupt American democracy.”
Some of the ads aimed at veterans came from the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russia troll farm that was cited by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as one of the engines that sowed discord among Americans online during the 2016 election, the Post reported.
Other instances have been to interfere in the 2020 election, according to the report, with admins from Macedonia and the United Kingdom controlling a “Vets for Trump” page that posts pro-Trump and anti-Democrat memes and messages. It also supports Russia and has been critical of Mueller and the FBI, according to the report.
You can read all of the Washington Post report here.
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