Secret Documents Expose British Cloak and Dagger Activities in Lebanon

22 May, 2021 — CovertAction Magazine

By Kit Klarenberg

A Lebanese anti-government protester, wrapped in a national flag, stands in front of a road blocked with burning tyres and overturned rubbish bins (14 January 2020)Man with Lebanese flag surveys wreckage from protests that gripped Beirut earlier this year. [Source: bbc.com]

Classified UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) documents released by hacktivist collective Anonymous raise serious questions about London’s cloak-and-dagger activities in Lebanon, and whether they may have led to the ouster of the country’s government.

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Internal emails reveal that the Dutch government suppressed White Helmets’ financial fraud – what else are they hiding?

10 May, 2021 — RT

Internal emails reveal that the Dutch government suppressed White Helmets’ financial fraud – what else are they hiding?Members of Syria’s Civil Defence service (White Helmets) look for wounded people in the rubble after a reported explosion in a depot close to a camp for the internally displaced near al-Fua, in the country’s northwestern Idlib province, on May 3, 2021. © AFP / Omar HAJ KADOUR

By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions. Follow him on Twitter @KitKlarenberg

The epic establishment clean-up operation launched in the wake of James Le Mesurier’s apparent suicide was effective in the short term, but determined digging by critical journalists means the scandal definitely isn’t over yet.

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Questions about BBC producer’s ties to UK intelligence follow ‘Mayday’ White Helmets whitewash

7 April 2021 — The Grayzone

The BBC’s Chloe Hadjimatheou produced a podcast serial designed to rehabilitate the White Helmets’ late, scandal-stained founder, while blaming critics for his demise. Was she a channel for a wider British intelligence operation?


White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier falling to his death from the top floor of his Istanbul home in uncertain circumstances in November 2019 created a myriad of extremely serious problems for a great many powerful people.

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DIANA JOHNSTONE: The Imperialism of Foolery

7 April 2021 — Consortium News

Pro-Western Syrian exiles have issued a diatribe against the most informative critics of U.S. war policy at a time when Washington’s aggressiveness is reaching new levels of intensity.

A protest placard in the Kafersousah neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Dec. 26, 2012. (Freedom House, Flickr)

By Diana Johnstone
in Paris
Special to Consortium News

No promising event has more fully failed to keep its promise than the optimistically named Arab Spring.  Ten years ago, massive protest demonstrations that began in Tunisia and moved quickly to Egypt were hailed as the harbinger of democracy overtaking the Middle East in one great swoop of history.

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Former U.S. Official: Al-Qaeda In Syria Is “An Asset” For U.S. Strategy

3 April 2021 — Moon of Alabama

There is a new public relation campaign pushed by Turkey to whitewash al-Qaeda in Syria. ‘Western’ journalists were invited to Idleb governorate through some Turkish agency to make some fan flicks about Hayat Tahrir al Sham, the al-Qaeda entity under Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, which rules in Idelb.

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Even as a White Helmets boss admits ‘former’ militant links, Canadian national media talks ‘Russian disinfo’

2 April 2021 — In Gaza (and beyond)

*From Clarity of Signal

April 2, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

Even when a high-ranking White Helmet admits that some of the ‘rescuers’ came from the ranks of Syrian militants, all he gets from Canada’s national broadcaster is unquestioning praise and concern about “Russian disinformation.”

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Ten years on, Syria is almost destroyed. Who’s to blame?

20 March 2021 — Indian Punchline
Syria in ruins after ten years of conflict (File photo)

In George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, the ruling pigs led by Napoleon constantly rewrote history in order to justify and reinforce their own continuing power. The rewriting by the western powers of the history of the ongoing conflict in Syria leaps out of Orwell.

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