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Inside the Mueller report, this man found a photo of his dad used by Russians: NPR

When the Mueller report was released, Ronnie Hipshire was surprised to find a photo of his father Lee on a poster to support President Trump created by the Russians. Screenshot of NPR hide caption change caption Screenshot of NPR When an edited version of special council Robert Mueller's report on Russian involvement in the 201 6 election was released to the public and Congress this week, the effects of Russian influence efforts through social media became clearer. Some of the information included in the report was an example of material that Russian trolls used and a special image attached to Ronnie Hipshire, a retired coal miner in West Virginia. On page 31 of the Mueller report, Hipshire saw a photograph of his father, Lee, another coalminer who died of complications from black lung disease, on a poster for a "Miners for Trump" rally in Pennsylvania. The Russian Trollyard, called the Internet Research Agency, used the photo, without the family's permission, for a pro-Trump poster. In the photo taken by photographer Earl Dotter, Lee is seen by what Hipshire says was "a hard day's work" when he comes out of a mine in Logan County, W. Va. . His shift had ceased and his mining behavior covered his face. It's a striking picture, but one that Hipshire says his father would not have wanted to be used to support President Trump. "What I didn't like to see this on the Mueller report is that they steal my dad's picture and put…

When the Mueller report was released, Ronnie Hipshire was surprised to find a photo of his father Lee on a poster to support President Trump created by the Russians.

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When an edited version of special council Robert Mueller’s report on Russian involvement in the 201

6 election was released to the public and Congress this week, the effects of Russian influence efforts through social media became clearer.

Some of the information included in the report was an example of material that Russian trolls used and a special image attached to Ronnie Hipshire, a retired coal miner in West Virginia.

On page 31 of the Mueller report, Hipshire saw a photograph of his father, Lee, another coalminer who died of complications from black lung disease, on a poster for a “Miners for Trump” rally in Pennsylvania. The Russian Trollyard, called the Internet Research Agency, used the photo, without the family’s permission, for a pro-Trump poster.

In the photo taken by photographer Earl Dotter, Lee is seen by what Hipshire says was “a hard day’s work” when he comes out of a mine in Logan County, W. Va. . His shift had ceased and his mining behavior covered his face. It’s a striking picture, but one that Hipshire says his father would not have wanted to be used to support President Trump.

“What I didn’t like to see this on the Mueller report is that they steal my dad’s picture and put it on a Trump campaign rally,” said Hipshire in an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered. “My dad was one of the strongest democrats you will ever see in your life, and he would never have thought of putting his face on such a thing. It was just beyond me to see it.”

Daughter is the one who told the hipshire picture was included in the report. Hipshire says neither he nor daughter would have given permission for the photo of Lee to be used in material to support Trump.

But if the circumstances were different, meaning that Hipshire had given his permission and the promotion was for a political issue he advocates, Hipshire said he would approve that the image was used .

He doesn’t want this to continue, but is not sure what he can do to stop it.

“I don’t know what to do to keep them from doing so,” says Hipshire. “If they can come in and steal things like this, how can they – how would you be able to block the Internet? I don’t mean that.”

This story was produced and edited for radio by Eleanor Clark and Tinbete Ermyas.

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