Mike Conaway

House committee releases Russian-linked ad depicting Freddie Gray

House committee releases Russian-linked ad depicting Freddie Gray

A Russian-linked Facebook ad that ran in Maryland in the months following the 2015 riots in Baltimore included a photograph of Freddie Gray and the words "never forget,” part of what lawmakers described Wednesday as a campaign to stir tensions in the United States around race, police and politics.

Maryland — a deeply blue state not in play in presidential campaigns — was one of the three states most heavily targeted by the Russian ads, a leading Republican senator said Wednesday. Some 262 ads made their way onto computer screens in the run-up to the 2016 election. New York and Missouri also received a high share of the ads.

New details about the Russian effort as well...

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