Written by Ralph E. Shaffer

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has uncovered evidence that another group of Russian hackers infiltrated the American section of The Spoof, the satire and fake news publication.

Originally, the justice department believed that the Russians had confined their disruptive efforts to Facebook and Twitter, but the proliferation of anti-Trump postings on The Spoof, following similar anti-Obama articles there during the former president's tenure, led Mueller to unleash a team of investigators assigned to Spoof. The basic premise behind Mueller's investigation of the Russian connection was that the Kremlin intended to create dissension within the U. S. Spoof's unrelenting attacks on Obama and then on Trump have certainly done that.

Mueller's team was especially interested in the large number of Spoof writers who use pen names rather than their own. Furthermore, many of them refuse to list email addresses, remaining as anonymous as possible. While they occasionally write innocuous pieces that have no bearing on their real purpose of dividing the nation, Mueller is convinced that they do that simply to hide their true intent. As many as half of The Spoof's contributors are thought to be Russian agents.

Rumor has it that The Spoof's editor has been subpoenaed for interrogation by Mueller's team. Efforts by reporters to reach The Spoof have been unsuccessful.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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