A half-way decent Foreign Intelligence Service need not rely on billion dollar SIGINT capabilities or engage in 1950's Era spy games in order to deduce this; all they needed was an internet connection and et viola the entire playbook on how to influence and ultimately control America was right there.
The Washington Post has a story on how a Macedonian cabal took over a Facebook Group, Vets for Trump, using the oldest con in human history, free money. After gaining control of the administrator rights, all the original members were supposedly locked out so the Vets for Trump Group could spread the vile propaganda of the 2016 election and solicit donations. Here is the point, the head of the Macedonian cabal claims he didn't need to invent any stories he just repackaged and relabeled the tripe coming from American right-wingers;
Trajche Arsov said he paid freelance writers to do this work, which consisted mainly of rewriting articles they found on conservative American news and opinion sites and adding new headlines. A key goal was avoiding violations of U.S. copyright law, Trajche Arsov told The Washington Post.For decades there has been this constant non-stop propaganda campaign. The players change but, the script remains the same. The Rightwing Wurlitzer churns out the same notes for the conservative drones; the Left is weak and evil,
In the 1960's, the John Birch Society called Martin Luther King Jr a Communist and proclaimed Civil Rights to be a commie plot and indicted President Kennedy on "Treason".
In the 1970's, Jimmy Carter surrendered America freedom by "giving away" the Panama Canal.
In the 1980's, the College Republicans Reagan Youth called Walter Mondale a "squish" and organized against the cadre of Marxist professors and members of the mass communications media, who are "the enemies of freedom" trying "To confuse its defenders and undermine their morale". (James Tyson's 1981 book Target America)
In the 1990's, the Militia groups formed to wage war on Attorney Janet Reno and Bill Clinton and a conservative domestic terrorist took direct action against the insidious Democrat Party in 1995.
After the conservatives stole the 2000 election and us ushered in the W(orst POTUS of All Time) and the Republican "Great Recession", the Tea Party was created to rouse the troops once more, Here is a typical Tea Party Nation broadside against Socialism:
Resolved that: Our President, the Democrats-Socialists, most of the media, and most of those from Hollywood, have now encouraged and supported "Occupy" demonstrations in our streets, which are now being perpetrated across the globe, and which are being populated by various marxists, socialists and even communists, and are protesting against business, private property ownership and capitalism, something I thought I'd never see in my country, in my lifetime.Now as we approach the 20's the current evil boogeyman has morphed from #Occupy to #Antifa, while Traitor Trump uses his platform to incite violence against the evil, weak Democrats trying to undermine America with (Immigration, Clean Water Laws, Colin Kaepernick, the Fake News Media, whatever) because the Republican Party needs to constantly arouse the anger of their guard dogs and focus the violence of their stable of Lone Wolves.
I, an American small business owner, part of the class that produces the vast majority of real, wealth producing jobs in this country, hereby resolve that I will not hire a single person until this war against business and my country is stopped.
I hereby declare that my job creation potential is now ceased. "I'm on Strike!"
Conservative websites are an incestuous echo chamber of vile sexist #agitprop, racist screeds, misogynist hatred which is reflected and amplified by commenters. The goal is to keep conservatives in that sweet spot of red-eyed rage ready to denounce Libtards and then reinforce the spittle flecked anger.
As a Nation, we are in serious trouble. Conservatives have been programmed by propaganda and now seek out confirming data to reinforce and strengthen their programming. But, simply screaming on the internet no matter how satisfying won't sustain them forever; what conservatives really want to do is recreate a White Supremacist Apartheid State, ensconced by Law. And when The Chosen One loses the Election of 2020, well the Republican Party might be content with running the deficit playbook against President Elizabeth Warren but, the conservative domestic terrorist groups aren't going to be satiated by anything other than blood.