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Giuliani, flailing, says Venezuela, Clinton and Soros hatched ‘centralized plan’ to steal election for Biden


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Giuliani's attack on Soros shows the liberal Jewish billionaire remains a top conservative target

Giuliani's attack on Soros shows the liberal Jewish billionaire remains a top conservative targetPresident Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani upheld earlier this week what has become a conservative tradition: attacking billionaire philanthropist George Soros.



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Jewish groups condemn Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani after he said Holocaust survivor George Soros is ‘hardly a Jew’

Jewish groups condemn Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani after he said Holocaust survivor George Soros is ‘hardly a Jew’Jewish groups have hit out at Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani after the former New York mayor claimed he was “more of a Jew” than financier and Holocaust survivor George Soros.Mr Giuliani, who is of Italian descent and was raised Catholic, told New York Magazine Mr Soros had employed FBI agents and instated ambassadors – playing into conspiracy theories about the level of the philanthropist’s control.



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Rudy Giuliani: 'I’m more of a Jew' than George Soros, a Holocaust survivor

Rudy Giuliani: 'I’m more of a Jew' than George Soros, a Holocaust survivorTrump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed that he is “more of a Jew” than George Soros, a Holocaust survivor, in an interview published Monday.



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A major Jewish group slammed Rudy Giuliani for saying George Soros, who survived the Holocaust, is 'hardly a Jew'

A major Jewish group slammed Rudy Giuliani for saying George Soros, who survived the Holocaust, is 'hardly a Jew'The Anti-Defamation League said comments from Giuliani — Donald Trump's lawyer — about George Soros could serve as a dog-whistle to anti-Semites.



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Rudy Giuliani claims Soros is 'hardly a Jew' in rambling new interview

Rudy Giuliani claims Soros is 'hardly a Jew' in rambling new interviewFormer New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has stirred anger online by claiming he is "more of a Jew" than 89-year-old Holocaust survivor George Soros.



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Rudy’s Big Plan to Defend Trump on Ukraine: Play the George Soros Card

Rudy’s Big Plan to Defend Trump on Ukraine: Play the George Soros CardHERBERT NEUBAUER/GettyDonald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre media tour defending President Trump’s efforts to pressure the president of Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden has focused on a seemingly unrelated target: billionaire Democratic financier and Republican bogeyman George Soros. In several rambling cable news appearances, Giuliani has claimed that Soros—who conservative conspiracy theorists have long blamed for everything from the Barack Obama presidency to actor Jussie Smollett’s faking of a hate crime—is somehow involved in a wide-ranging, anti-Trump scheme in Ukraine. Like many Soros-related claims, this one is, well, flimsy. Indeed, Guiliani’s argument appears to rest almost entirely on innuendos, a single op-ed in The Hill, and his vague claims about unnamed “people” in Ukraine.Russia’s Election Hackers Are Back—and Targeting George SorosGiuliani’s allegations center on a “Soros NGO” that manufactured evidence against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a former FBI agent who Giuliani claims is on Soros’s payroll.“George Soros has a not-for-profit called AntAC,” Giuliani said in a CNN appearance last Thursday. “AntAC is the one that developed all of the dirty information that ended up being a false document that was created in order to incriminate Manafort.”In a Monday appearance on Fox Business, Giuliani claimed that “Soros’s NGO was involved in this whole thing.” On Tuesday, he told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that Biden was somehow involved in an effort to save a Soros-run organization in Ukraine from prosecution. “That organization was run by George Soros, who then hired the crooked FBI agent, who is now working for George Soros,” Giuliani said. Soros, who is one of the Democratic Party’s largest givers, has long been targeted by right-wing activists, who often paint him as a global, political puppetmaster—a charge that critics contend reeks of anti-Semitism. Few figures, indeed, are more often portrayed as a boogeyman by Republican politicians. Guliani’s vague, nefarious accusations about Soros, have been echoed by Trump allies and the Trump campaign as well. In fact, the line has become so central to the messaging war against the Bidens that Giuliani often offers it up without being prompted. “Oh, and Soros—Soros!—is very important here,” Giuliani said in a Monday interview, one of several with The Daily Beast in the last few days in which he discussed the progressive donor.  “Don’t forget that.”* * *Considering the gravity with which Giuliani discusses Soros, one would think that there is ample evidence that something untoward has taken place. And yet, the allegations rest largely on a March 2019 op-ed in The Hill written by opinion writer John Solomon, who became a star on the right for his willingness to push attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In his March story, Solomon declared that the U.S. embassy in Ukraine “pressed Ukraine to drop [a] probe of George Soros group during 2016 election.” The op-ed centers on Anticorruption Action Centre (AntAC), a Ukrainian anti-corruption group that has received funding from Soros’s Open Society Foundation. Contrary to Giuliani’s description of it as “Soros-run,” though, AntAC has also received funding from the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and the European Union. Soros doesn’t control AntAC’s activities. It is instead operated by Ukrainian activists. In 2016, AntAC was under investigation by Ukrainian prosecutors for the alleged misuse of $ 4.4 million in aid, in what appears to have been a politically motivated pursuit from the investigators meant to punish the good-governance group. Even U.S. State Department sources in Solomon’s own op-ed said the prosecution was believed to be just “retribution” for AntAC’s anti-corruption work. In a letter sent to Ukrainian prosecutors, a State Department official in Ukraine said the United States had “no concerns” about the money. "We have accounted for every single foreign assistance dollar provided within the framework of this project,” the State official continued. Smollett Conspiracy Theories Target George SorosNevertheless, Giuliani has accused the group, without any evidence, of falsifying the “Black Ledger” that listed millions in undisclosed payments to Manafort and setting the stage for his prosecution. But that document has never been disproven, as a story from The Intercept investigating Giuliani’s claims found, and AntAC wasn’t involved in its creation. The unfounded implication in both Giuliani’s interviews and Solomon’s opinion story is that the Obama administration’s diplomats were either running interference for AntAC in exchange for an effort to take down Manafort, or were somehow just working generally on Soros’ behalf. In a response published in The Hill and on its own website, AntAC co-founder Daria Kaleniuk pointed out a number of inconsistencies and omissions in Solomon’s op-ed, alleging that he had confused key dates supposedly at the center of the opinion piece. Kaleniuk also claimed that Solomon’s supposed key source, a former prosecutor, was using The Hill to retaliate against her group for its anti-corruption efforts.  In an email to The Daily Beast, Kaleniuk described Giuliani’s claims about her group as “bizarre allegations.” Soros spokesman Michael Vachon also denied Giuliani’s claims.“Short answer is no, Soros was not somehow involved in cooking up charges against Trump in Ukraine,” Vachon wrote in an email.Giuliani also alleges in his cable news appearances that Soros has offered a large payout to a former FBI agent who was involved in the Manafort investigation, supposedly via AntAC. “The FBI agent is now working for George Soros, making hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Giuliani said in his Tuesday appearance on Fox News.  That appears to be a reference to former FBI supervisor Karen Greenaway, who was part of the FBI’s International Corruption Unit and the Manafort investigation. Greenaway has appeared at some anti-corruption events with AntAC staff. And her appearance is used in Solomon’s article to suggest some nefarious connection between the group, Greenaway, and Soros. Greenaway retired from the FBI in February, and agreed to later join AntAC’s board alongside prominent figures like “End of History” political scientist Francis Fukuyama and the former head of the EU’s anti-fraud office. That appears to be where Giuliani is getting the idea that Greenaway is making “hundreds of thousands” of dollars from Soros, since the board is mentioned in Solomon’s op-ed. But membership of the AntAC board is, alas, an unpaid position. Asked for proof of his claim that Greenaway is receiving large amounts of money from Soros, either through AntAC or another group, Giuliani referred only to vague sources in Ukraine. “That is what I was told by several people in Ukraine,” Giuliani told The Daily Beast, adding later, “If it gets investigated we will find out.” Giuliani declined to offer any more evidence of his claims against Greenaway, and accused The Daily Beast of trying to impede his “investigation” into Biden. “It seems to me your intent here is not to cover the inherent apparent corruption in the way this was done but to find any contradictions or create them,” Giuliani wrote in a text message. Greenaway couldn’t be reached for comment.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Lou Dobbs Deploys Anti-Semitic ‘Tentacles’ Trope to Smear George Soros

Lou Dobbs Deploys Anti-Semitic ‘Tentacles’ Trope to Smear George SorosFox Business NetworkDuring a Wednesday night interview with right-wing provocateur Michelle Malkin, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs smeared liberal Jewish financier George Soros with an anti-Semitic trope, claiming Soros’ “tentacles reach out into various non-government organizations and nonprofits.” Dobbs brought on Malkin, who recently told Fox News that Soros is funding the “illegal alien lawyers lobby,” to hawk her latest anti-immigrant book, and it didn’t take long for her to portray Soros as a “globalist” bent on destroying America’s sovereignty.“And George Soros himself… explicitly says the idea of sovereignty, something that so many of us who are children of legal immigrants, for example, respect as a fundamental precept for the survival of a country, sovereignty to George Soros is quote-unquote an obstacle,” she said. “And he has created an entire infrastructure of tax-exempt nonprofits to do his bidding.”Dobbs then took Malkin’s comments a step further.“It is extraordinary and I think most people, I’ll include myself, cannot conceive of why a man would fund efforts that would work against sovereignty,” Dobbs said. “Work against our laws—there are laws against illegal immigration—and to see his tentacles reach out into various non-government organizations and nonprofits that are working with everything from the Koch Brothers to the Southern Poverty Law Center, as you document through this book.”“It is stunning to see how pervasive and how successful he has been with his strategy,” he added.Last year, the Anti-Defamation League commented on the anti-Semitism behind many of the Soros-related conspiracies the right has spread for years, many of which have recently made their way into the mainstream. “Even if no anti-Semitic insinuation is intended, casting a Jewish individual as a puppet master who manipulates national events for malign purposes has the effect of mainstreaming anti-Semitic tropes and giving support, however unwitting, to bona fide anti-Semites and extremists who disseminate these ideas knowingly and with malice,” the organization noted.Nazi propaganda, meanwhile, used images of a Jewish octopus spanning the globe and wrapping around political institutions during the 1930s. Neo-Nazi groups have continued to promulgate this trope in recent years, specifically referring to Jewish “tentacles.”A frequent guest of Dobbs’, Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell, was banned from Fox airwaves last year after he claimed migrant caravans from Central America were funded by the “Soros-occupied State Department,” parroting the anti-Semitic smear of a “Zionist-controlled government.” Two days after Farrell made his comments, an anti-Semite killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The shooter believed that Soros and other Jews were trying to replace whites through immigration.This also isn’t the first time the “tentacle” trope has been used by a Fox host. Back in 2015, then-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly called Soros the “shadow puppet master” who “has his tentacles into political organizations.”Meanwhile, Dobbs—who serves as an informal adviser to the president—was seen entering the White House on Wednesday afternoon.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Russia’s Election Hackers Are Back—and Targeting George Soros

Russia’s Election Hackers Are Back—and Targeting George SorosSean Gallup/GettyThe Russian intelligence agency behind 2016’s election attacks is training its sights on billionaire financier George Soros, The Daily Beast has learned. The move comes hot on the heels of a surge in U.S.-focused hacking by Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate with similarities to 2016 in targeting and methodology. Laura Silber, chief communications officer for Soros’ Open Society Foundations, confirmed the hack attempt, but couldn’t provide additional details over the weekend. “We were aware of an attack,” Silber told the Daily Beast.Last month Microsoft quietly seized a new batch of 10 deceptive domain names the company says were set up by the hackers known as Fancy Bear,  the group intelligence officials and independent analysts have long attributed to Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, the GRU. Those web addresses imitate genuine domains used for Microsoft services like Sharepoint, an unmistakable sign that they were intended for use in phishing attacks, in which a victim is tricked into typing their password into a fake login page. Mueller Finally Solves Mysteries About Russia’s ‘Fancy Bear’ HackersOne domain targets a Singapore-based investment firm, and another references the Berlin anti-corruption organization Transparency International, which Russia has targeted before. Others are generic or ambiguous in their targeting.  But one seized domain, soros-my-sharepoint[.]com, jumps out as a clear reference to Soros, a past GRU target from Russia’s 2016 election interference.  An additional four phishing domains registered in the same time frame appear to target Soros’ Open Society Foundations, said Kyle Ehmke, an intelligence researcher at the Arlington, Virginia-based cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect.  Those domains haven’t been seized and ThreatConnect hasn’t found enough evidence to definitively link them to the Russian hackers, said Ehmke. The Kremlin’s targeting of Soros and his organization carries echoes of 2016, when the GRU dumped 2,500 files stolen from the Open Society Foundations for the debut of “DC Leaks”, the fake leak site the spies created for their 2016 election interference campaign. “SOROS INTERNAL FILES – BIG DATA”, the site announced at the time.Some of the stolen files were reportedly altered to create the appearance that Soros was secretly financing Russian opposition candidates, making the leak politically useful to Vladmir Putin. More importantly, the Soros dump earned DC Leaks instant credibility in American right-wing circles, where the 88-year-old Hungarian-American philanthropist plays the role of villainous global puppet-master in countless conspiracy theories. Russia’s Internet Research Agency—the so-called “troll farm, later indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller—pushed the same trope on its Facebook and Instagram feeds in the run-up to election day. One meme featured a close-up of Soros against a backdrop of anti-Trump picketers. “No lives matter for those who sponsoring [sic] anti Trump protests,” the caption read. Another imagined Soros confronting the late Senator John McCain. “Hey Johnny, I’m paying you a fortune. I don’t care how much cancer you have, get back to DC and backstab Trump.”The Soros targeting comes in the wave of what one expert describes as a fresh wave of Fancy Bear attempts against political nonprofits in the U.S. that ran from last December to March or April of this year, using similar tactics to the mass phishing campaign that famously ensnared Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief in 2016. “It’s a similar type of activity to what hit Podesta,” said Robert Johnston, the former Marine Corp captain who investigated the 2016 DNC breach, and now heads the financial cybersecurity firm Adlumin. “These were against political organizations and NGOs. The FBI has reached out to of bunch of them.”Putin’s Hackers Now Under Attack—From MicrosoftIn 2016 Microsoft sued Fancy Bear in federal court in Virginia and won, unopposed, an injunction allowing the company to seize any web addresses registered by the GRU’s hackers that imitate a Microsoft product or service.  The company has seized over 100 domains so far.Experts caution that Russia’s hackers have always cast a wide net, and there’s no way to tell what their motives are in revisiting old haunts now. It may be pure intelligence gathering, or the opening salvo of a 2020 election interference campaign.“We don't know whether they are ultimately looking to compromise targets for influence operations, internal intelligence uses, or both,” said Ehmke.Either way, Russia likely views its 2016 efforts as a success, and is certain to try for an encore. “I think you should absolutely anticipate a very vocal Russian interference in the 2020 elections,” said Johnston.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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