How Trump Ended Up Referencing A Russian-Promoted 4chan Conspiracy Theory In Call To Ukraine - 2019-09-26
The White House released the record of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday. According to the document, Trump asked Zelensky to do him a "favor" and investigate the origins of the Russia probe as well as former vice president Joe Biden.
As the country's mainstream media swarmed over the staff-written memorandum of the conversation, anonymous radicalized communities like 4chan and far-right pockets of Facebook, Reddit, and Telegram focused on something else. It wasn't the possible abuse of power that sent them into a fervor, but instead the American president's mention of CrowdStrike, a company that provides security, threat intelligence, and cyberattack response services, and which the Democratic National Committee hired to investigate the hack of its servers during the 2016 election campaign.
In the memorandum, Trump says to Zelensky, "I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say CrowdStrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it."