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deflected Trump bad newsDisguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year's presidential election, while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign, an Associated Press analysis of since-deleted accounts showed. The AP examined 36,210 tweets from Aug. 31, 2015, to Nov. 10, 2016, posted by 382 of the Russian accounts that Twitter shared with congressional investigators last week. Twitter deactivated the accounts, deleting the tweets and making them inaccessible on the internet. Within an hour of the Post's story, WikiLeaks unleashed its own bombshell about hacked email from Podesta's account, a release the Russian accounts had been foreshadowing for days.The Russian accounts didn't just spring into action at the last minute.The Russian accounts weren't in lockstep.
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