Leaked files show that a state-controlled bank in Moscow helped to fuel Yuri Milner’s ascent
in Silicon Valley, where the Russia investigation has put tech companies under scrutiny.


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said Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
Whoa! This leak is a doozy that will reverberate across SV and beyond.

China, Iran, Russia and others gird themselves from the sort of Russian meddling we've seen by tightly controlling ISPs (ie popular domestic sites like Baidu, Sina, Yandex, Mail.ru are domestically owned) and preventing American co's/social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Uber, etc.) from operating or gaining traction in their respective countries. But of course, such censorship/rigid control is not solely intended to prevent foreign meddling, it's also used by the state to police dissent and dictate/restrict the flow of information available to their citizens.

All this election meddling goes to show that our cultural diversity and openness is both a strength and weakness. American doors will typically open, to friend or foe, when money comes knocking. We would all be well served to realize that foreign interference comes in many forms; including from allies (ie Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE, etc.) who annually spend millions lobbying, donating to universities/think tanks and investing in American co's -- all done in an effort to gain favor and influence that serves their own national interests. One look at our foreign policy and it's clear that their strategy is working.
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