In conjunction with @SlickRockWeb, now let’s take a look at #WalkAway from a different perspective. Who’s the man behind the curtain, and who’s backing him? His name is Brandon Straka, know here as @UsMinority. Let’s get to know him a bit. #infosec #osint #psyops
Before #WalkAway took off (with surprising rapidity), Straka was a performance artist and stylist in New York. His most recent work appears to have been this show, showing his evolution away from #TheResistance. Here’s a link to the GoFundMe gofundme.com/resist-a-rock-…
His first announcement of the #WalkAway campaign was on May 26th. However, shortly after the dates of his show, on a Facebook post dated 10/27/17, we see the following exchange after a post about @TheEllenShow, which appears to be the first public use of the “walk away” idea.
So did that comment spark the idea for a movement? Maybe. After an attempt to start a club for homosexual conservatives, he comes out with the slick introduction video of #WalkAway, approx 7 months to the day after this Facebook exchange.
Here he is appearing on @RT_com, the Russian news agency widely known as a Kremlin mouthpiece. The account in the screenshot, @CarolN33, we have analyzed as being “Hamilton-like”, but do not have sufficient data to say they are definitely a #Hamilton68 acct.
@ CarollN33 definitely likes #WalkAway. Below is another screen shot of one her posts, this time linking to a new #WalkAway website. If she decided to switch sides, she appears to have done it before the 2016 election based on the accounts timeline.
As @SlickRockWeb noted, the first use of the hashtag by a Hamilton bot appears to be from @KeepTexasRed7 on June 8th. Let’s look at some numbers for this #IndependanceDay, and where those number are coming from. In a one minute time frame, the hashtag was used at least 100 times.
Look at those reach and impression numbers, and retweets. Below is a breakdown of retweets and original content percentages, and a hashtag and word cloud to show the terms being used most frequently by those pushing the #WalkAway concept:
Now many will probably jump on here to say that this is a strictly American movement not receiving any foreign amplification. Take a look:
While the UK and Australia may have enough American ex-pats to account for their appearance, that big ole splash of green across #Russia is pretty interesting. Not ENTIRELY home grown, hmm?
One example of these obvious non-organic messaging is shown here: this account has relatively few followers, and as you can see, stopped tweeting in 2014, and popped back up just in time to support #WalkAway. Most of his tweets get a max of 2-3 retweets. Mentions #WalkAway, 7000.
Next we’ll be digging into the movements supporters, bank rollers, and affiliations, and identifying the main influencers and drivers behind it. Thanks as always to @SlickRockWeb for the help. #infosec #botnet #CyberSecurity
I wish you all well on our #IndependanceDay, and implore all Americans to research everything: #WalkAwayFromMisinformation Happy Fourth of July.
Here is the start of @SlickRockWeb’s thread on this, all of which is definitely worth the read:

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Meet Tim Graboski, aka whiterook6. He works for AggregateIQ as software developer. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because they helped #CambridgeAnalytica during the 2016 election. And apparently they’re still interested in our elections. #Midterms2018 #osint #infosec
We know that part of the seed data for the models used by CA came from Facebook surveys users filled in as part of an app. Well doesn’t this look familiar....this is a project called Campaign Pillar aka Check-In. “AIQ” is plainly visible. As are the targeted election questions.
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Notice something? A template created for a Gorsuch themed site is being used for #Kavanaugh. Was there a confirmgorsuch(.)com too? Blank page currently, but sure enough one was setup 12/19/2016. And taken down 7/9/2018. Well, when did confirmkavanaugh(.)com go live?
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For YEARS, advocates of election integrity have been pointing out these issues. This isn’t new. After 2000, the Help America Vote Act was passed to modernize our elections, first proposed by Robert Ney (R-OH). Signed into law by George W. Bush. So much for this theory:
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The link to where you can see this for yourself is provided. I just looked at all fifty states. No state has longer cost gas today than a year ago. And for this particular statement to be true, the cost would actually need to be approx $1.30-$1.50 cheaper than current averages.
For many places, that would mean it being down by almost 50% or more from the average price. Wherever this half of gas sale is, I’d love to know. So there are two options here: this person lives in the one place in America where gas prices are at $1.75 or so, or they are wrong.
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