Instead, she told me to disregard the NRA sticker – she just "supports hunting." She also claimed to be a rare Democrat in southwest Missouri. "You don't stick signs out."Social-media accounts are routinely- hacked, but the next morning, when Campbell texted me 21 times, she sounded every bit like the user behind the original Carmen Katz post. According to Clint Watts, a cyber and homeland-security expert at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Katz fits neatly into a well-worn blueprint for disinformation campaigns.
"You should be helping people get their lives and health back going through such nightmares, not piling on, harassing them, making them feel unsafe and preyed upon." She threatened to report me to both the ACLU and Best Buy's Geek Squad. "If you want to sow a conspiracy, you seed it someplace – 4chan or Reddit is a perfect vehicle," he says, and wait for someone like Katz to take the bait.
"[P]eople like you don't give a shit that you destroy innocent humans' lives," she said. "Someone or some group," Watts says, "possibly took this unwitting woman and made her the source that they need."On a pair of anonymous message boards, we found several possible seeds of Pizzagate.
But it was unclear whether Pizzagate was mass hysteria or the work of politicos with real resources and agendas.
It took the better part of a year (and two teams of researchers) to sift through the digital trail.
Anthony Weiner (the husband of Clinton's close aide Huma Abedin), who had been caught texting lewd messages to a 15-year-old.
On Facebook, a user named Carmen Katz wrote, "My NYPD source said its much more vile and serious than classified material on Weiner's device. We're talking an international child enslavement and sex ring." Krist Novoselic on How to Stop Fake News Without Congress Nirvana bassist and electoral-reform activist writes that citizen investors have the power to stop fake news on social media – even if Congress won't Katz's Facebook profile listed her residence as Joplin, Missouri.
What's different about Pizzagate, says Samuel Woolley, a leading expert in computational propaganda, is it was "retweeted and picked up by some of the most powerful faces of American politics."The original Pizzagate Facebook post appeared on the evening of October 29th, 2016, a day after then-FBI Director James Comey announced that the bureau would be reopening its investigation into Clinton's use of a private e-mail server while secretary of state.
Data from the server had been found on electronics belonging to former Rep.
Within days, the Carmen Katz Facebook account disappeared. A large NRA sticker adorned the screen door; on the porch was feline statuary and gardening equipment, including a three-pronged hoe.
She didn't answer but later texted and called me.
The email DETAIL the trips made by Weiner, Bill and Hillary on their pedophile billionaire friend's plane, the Lolita Express. With a link to a story headlined "Breaking: Hillary Clinton strategy memo leaked: ' Steal yard signs,' " Katz posted, "You know how we handle yard sign theft or tampering in South Missouri?