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Austin, TX – Yesterday, Former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden revealed that Jade Helm 15 was a test-run of the first Russian disinformation campaign.
At the 33:02 minute mark, Hayden describes the incident in detail. For the first time, the former NSA and CIA Director reveals that Russia engaged in information warfare to convince Texans that Jade Helm 15 was an Obama planned military exercise to round up political dissidents. The story drew massive controversy as Texas Governor Abbott lent credence to conspiracy theorists by calling in the Texas National Guard to monitor our own U.S. Military.
Why is this significant?
In 2015, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called up the Texas National Guard to monitor federal military exercises, a move that questioned the integrity of our troops and fed conspiracy theories that President Barack Obama was setting up an invasion of Texas.
Hayden’s revelations now make it clear that Abbott was a Russian pawn.
After the success Russians had regarding Jade Helm, they made the decision to play in the electoral process in 2016.
Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:
“Republican Gov. Greg Abbott was a Russian pawn and a useful idiot for Russian efforts to turn gullible Texas Republicans against the United States.
“Michael Hayden knows a Russian operation when he sees it. Hayden served the America people under three different administrations in high-profile intelligence roles.
“But, it doesn’t take an intelligence expert to see that Trump Republican Greg Abbott calling the Texas National Guard on the U.S. Military was downright idiocy.
“Abbott still owes the men and women of our armed forces, and every single Texan, an apology.”
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