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The Spy Who Trolled Me

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Project Lakhta was the Russian campaign to spend a million dollars a month to destabilize American democracy.

But that money didn't pay for sophisticated hackers or deadly assassins. Instead, it bought Facebook ads and Twitter accounts.

Today on the show: Russia's plan to mess with our election was crude, expensive ... and surprisingly effective.

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Corrected: March 6, 2018 at 10:00 PM MST
In the audio, the Russian operation is mispronounced. It is Project Lakhta, not Project Latka.