In the 2004 science fiction movie, “The Forgotten”, a planeload of children is kidnapped in midair by evil aliens. The aliens, in league with US intelligence agencies, make everyone forget the children ever existed. This works on all except for one mother, played by Julianne Moore, who desperately tries to find out what is happening.
Now we switch to the sequel, The Strange Case of the Missing Russians. Try to remember, if you can, that there once were thirteen alleged Russian trolls and three Russian companies, headed by Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, that were indicted by the Mueller investigation team for conspiring to wage “information warfare” on the US presidential election in 2016.
Wait a minute, you might say. Aren’t those guys the same as the twelve Russian officials that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein just announced have been indicted for hacking into Clinton campaign servers? Nope. It’s a confusion any low information casual observer (i.e., most of the US population) might have. In this hand we have thirteen Russian trolls, and poof, they’re gone. In the other hand, twelve Russian hackers magically appear in their place.
What happened to the original group of indicted Russians and Russian companies? Something very embarrassing and potentially devastating to the Mueller team prosecutors. One of the accused fought back. Concord Management demanded their right to a “speedy trial” and their right to see the evidence against them via the discovery process.
Totally unprepared for this aggressive defense (or any defense at all), the Mueller team tried several delaying courtroom tactics, finally dumping nearly two terabytes of untranslated Russian social media data on the defense as their “discovery” evidence.