Senator John McCain has paid for thousands of Twitter bots to attack President Trump following the FISA memo release, according to Julian Assange.
The WikiLeaks founder noted on Twitter that a huge number of fake accounts are flooding social media with their praise of McCain and dislike of Trump.
Twitter bots, disguised as Americans, attack FISA memo and Trump; promote warhawk McCain. pic.twitter.com/tqptnRQrXN
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) February 3, 2018
American Mirror reports: Assange posted screen captures of several of examples of what he calls bot activity.
They show several accounts tweeting the same article, titled “John McCain just made a startling public accusation against Trump amid phony Nunes memo release,” at exactly the same time.
One Twitter user, @LoudaCristy, pointed to a suspicious-looking site called “LineJournal.org.”
That website published a pro-McCain article reporting on his criticism of Trump.
So did @milenbu and @DaryaBoyko4, as well as @petrina_liza.
“Despite his illness, McCain showed that he has one of the great minds in public life and remains a true American hero who stands up for his country first,” it reports.
“McCain did not do a very good job when he ran for president, but he continues to show that he has the intelligence, experience, and savvy that a good president needs, unlike Trump, who has turned out to be a partisan who cares more about himself than America,” it said later in the article.
Another bot tweeted a link to the very same article, but on DenverPole.com.
Both articles featured this ABC News tweet:
Sen. John McCain calls for Mueller probe to continue "unimpeded": "Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows." https://t.co/YayvPq0RKJ pic.twitter.com/RmYOGcAOlG
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 2, 2018
Both sites claimed the original source of the story was the Washington Press.