Trump aide asked Israeli firm for intel, media manipulation on Clinton

Several different proposals authored by the Israeli company, Psy-Group, have been discovered. One was to use fake accounts to sway thousands of delegates.

By
October 9, 2018 01:23
1 minute read.
Donald Trump

Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

One of President Donald Trump's campaign aides, Rick Gates, asked an Israeli firm to make fake identities online and use social media to manipulate and gather intelligence in order to beat other Republican candidates and Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

Several different proposals authored by  the Israeli company, Psy-Group, have been discovered. One was to use fake accounts to sway thousands of delegates from voting for US Senator Ted Cruz. Another proposal offered "complementary intelligence activities” on Clinton.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


A third proposal included a plan to boost divisions among rivals via social media. The plan used code names for all the relevant players. Trump was nicknamed "Lion."

One of the documents suggested “tailored third-party messaging” aimed at undecided voters, suburban females and minorities. The price for Psy-Group's services was set at more than $3 million USD, according to the report.

Currently, there is no concrete evidence that the Trump campaign made use of any of the proposals, according to the Times. However Donald Trump Jr., Trump's eldest son, met with Joel Zamel, Psy-Group's owner in 2016.

Zamel and George Nader, an emissary from the United Arab Emirates who was at the meeting with Trump Jr., gave different accounts as to whether Zamel ever implemented his proposal. Nader paid $2 million USD to Zamel after the election, according to the Times.


The FBI presented a court order to Israeli police and the Israeli Ministry of Justice to confiscate Psy-Group’s computers after  interviewing employees at the company.

Gates was indicted along with former Trump aide Paul Manafort last year on multiple charges of financial fraud and tax evasion.

Gates pleaded guilty this year, and is cooperating with the investigation.

Psy-Group is now in liquidation.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

December 15, 2018
As Zinke departs, Trump says he will name new interior secretary next week

By REUTERS