Former Trump campaign official, 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, The New York Times reported on Monday.
Psy-Group, which is staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, sketched out a months-long plan to help Trump by using social media to help expose or amplify division among rival campaigns and factions, according to the report.
The proposals, part of what Psy-Group called “Project Rome,” used code names to identify the players —Trump was “Lion” and Clinton was “Forest.” Cruz, who Trump campaign officials feared might lead a revolt over the Republican presidential nomination, was “Bear.”
Gates was later indicted on multiple charges of financial fraud and tax evasion and has since begun cooperating with the Mueller investigtion.
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