Jack Posobiec Links to Russian Intelligence-Backed Website - 2021-04-28
Posobiec repeatedly linked on Twitter to the obscure website "SouthFront," which the U.S. Department of the Treasury named on April 15 in a statement explaining its enactment of sanctions on the Russian government, Hatewatch found. SouthFront, in turn, made posts promoting Posobiec. Southfront also cited Posobiec's tweets in their posts, as they did in February when announcing that Senate Republicans acquitted President Trump on charges related to his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Posobiec has used Twitter to promote Russian intelligence-backed propaganda before, as when he served as a central figure in spreading a hack of Emmanuel Macron's emails in May 2017, as Hatewatch has previously reported.
The Department of the Treasury put in place those sanctions in response to attempts to "influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the direction of the leadership of the Russian Government," the statement noted. The government described the website Posobiec shared dozens of times as being operated by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) in an attempt to appeal to Western audiences:
SouthFront is an online disinformation site registered in Russia that receives taskings from the FSB. It attempts to appeal to military enthusiasts, veterans, and conspiracy theorists, all while going to great lengths to hide its connections to Russian intelligence. In the aftermath of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, SouthFront sought to promote perceptions of voter fraud by publishing content alleging that such activity took place during the 2020 U.S. presidential election cycle.