“Psy-Group stood out from many of its rivals because it didn’t just gather intelligence; it specialized in covertly spreading messages to influence what people believed and how they behaved. Its operatives took advantage of technological innovations and lax governmental oversight. ‘Social media allows you to reach virtually anyone and to play with their minds,’ Uzi Shaya, a former senior Israeli intelligence officer, said. “You can do whatever you want. You can be whoever you want. It’s a place where wars are fought, elections are won, and terror is promoted. There are no regulations. It is a no man’s land.'” Adam Entous and Ronan Farrow take you inside a plot to influence American elections, starting with one small-town race. The New Yorker: Private Mossad for Hire.