Former Trump campaign aide sought manipulation plan from Israeli intel firm

Frederick Owens
October 12, 2018

Psy-Group, a company staffed primarily by former Israeli intelligence officers, proposed using fake online profiles to attack Senator Ted Cruz, a main opponent of Trump's during the Republican primary, and influence 5,000 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

According to a New York Times report in May, the company was told by an American law firm that its activities would be illegal if non-Americans were involved.

Clinton's response was referring to Trump's comments at a July 2016 news conference in which he asked Russian Federation to hack Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of State and make them public.

Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates. The contacts between Gates and the Israeli company were first reported on Tuesday by the New York Times.

A third proposal by Psy-Group outlined a plan to use social media to expose or amplify division among rival campaigns and factions, the Times reports.

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The proposal to gather intelligence on Clinton suggests "intensive, deep open source opposition research on target "Forest" and her 10 closest associates".

Cruz, who was the favored candidate among the party, was code-named "Bear". Psy-Group used code names to identify Cruz and Clinton.

'Each target will already have a general and actionable intelligence dossier as a product of the initial mapping stage, and during this phase additional information will be collected as needed, ' the proposal continued.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether or not Trump conspired with Russian Federation during the election, and his team of investigators have obtained these proposals and have questioned Psy-Group employees, according to The New York Times. This special counsel is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded in those efforts.

Nader and Zamel have given differing accounts over whether Zamel ultimately carried out the social media effort to help the Trump campaign and why Nader paid him $2 million after the election, according to people who have discussed the matter with the two men. "Though the Israeli company's pitches were narrower than Moscow's interference campaign and appear unconnected, the documents show that a senior Trump aide saw the promise of a disruption effort to swing voters in Mr. Trump's favor".

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