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Daily Bread for 5.2.21

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 84. Sunrise is 5:45 AM and sunset 7:57 PM, for 14h 11m 38s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 64.3% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1945, the US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead prisoners, most of whom starved to death.

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 Ellen Nakashima, Shane Harris, and Tom Hamburger correct and update an earlier Washington Post story in FBI was aware prominent Americans, including Giuliani, were targeted by Russian influence operation:

Correction: An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News was warned by the FBI that it was the target of a Russian influence operation. That version also said the FBI had provided a similar warning to Rudolph W. Giuliani, which he has since disputed. This version has been corrected to remove assertions that OAN and Giuliani received the warnings.

The FBI became aware in late 2019 that Rudolph W. Giuliani was the target of a Russian influence operation aimed at circulating falsehoods intended to damage President Biden politically ahead of last year’s election, according to people familiar with the matter.

Officials planned to warn Giuliani as part of an extensive effort by the bureau to alert members of Congress and at least one conservative media outlet, One America News, that they faced a risk of being used to further Russia’s attempt to influence the election’s outcome, said several current and former U.S. officials. All spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter remains highly sensitive.

Following the Washington Post story, Riley Vetterkind reports Sen. Ron Johnson admits that he was warned he was the target of Russian disinformation:

But Johnson, who confirmed to The Washington Post this week he received such a warning, said he disregarded it due to a lack of evidence provided by intelligence officials.

“Regarding reports that I received an FBI briefing warning me that I was a target of Russian disinformation, I can confirm I received such a briefing in August of 2020,” Johnson said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I asked the briefers what specific evidence they had regarding this warning, and they could not provide me anything other than the generalized warning. Without specific information, I felt the briefing was completely useless and unnecessary (since I was fully aware of the dangers of Russian disinformation).

“Because there was no substance to the briefing, and because it followed the production and leaking of a false intelligence product by Democrat leaders, I suspected that the briefing was being given to be used at some future date for the purpose that it is now being used: to offer the biased media an opportunity to falsely accuse me of being a tool of Russia despite warnings.”

(At this site, commenter Joe previously highlighted Johnson’s reported role, and now Johnson admits to it all, but Johnson contends that he saw through the Russian disinformation and is now somehow also the victim of FBI disinformation that he expected. Holy cow, that’s embarrassing. Johnson wants people to believe that he was smarter than the Russians and the FBI.  If so smart, why did Johnson expect the FBI to leak information of a warning and do nothing for months to preempt the FBI leak that was sure to make him took like a dupe? That’s… not so smart.)

SpaceX returns astronauts to Earth in rare night-time splashdown:

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