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DOJ files charges against Russian national for election interference

A collected images posted on social media to influence the 2016 election
A collection of Russian social media memes. Images: DOJ

The Department of Justice filed charges Friday against a Russian national named Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova for crimes related to interference in the 2016 presidential election and continuing through the 2018 midterms.

Why it matters: Khusyaynova is alleged to have participated in "Project Lakhta" — the social media-led influence campaign associated with the Kremlin and the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) aimed at sowing discord in the U.S. political system.

Khashoggi's warning on Mohammad bin Salman: "Shoot first, aim later"

Khashoggi in 2014. Photo: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

Eight months before he disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, journalist Jamal Khashoggi described Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) as an ultra-ambitious ruler with a tendency to "shoot first, aim later."

Why it matters: Khashoggi relocated to the U.S. because his criticism of MBS had made life too dangerous in his native Saudi Arabia. Now, U.S. intelligence reportedly believes MBS is responsible for his death. An Altamar podcast interview reveals him to be conflicted about the 33-year-old prince, whom he compared to England’s Henry VIII. "I like some of the things he’s doing," Khashoggi said, "but I feel that he is doing it the wrong way."