Ukraine: How British Intelligence Globalized Online Trolling

Tuesday, 6 September 2022 — Internationalist 360°

Kit Klarenberg

Since the conflict in Ukraine began, numerous commentators have drawn attention to the blatant weaponization of social media in service of the proxy war.

Legions of users on Facebook, Twitter, and other major platforms, many anonymous and recently registered, have relentlessly propounded pro-intervention, pro-Ukraine propaganda, viciously attacking all those deviating even slightly from established Western narratives. It has created an unprecedented situation, which writer Caitlin Johnstone calls “the most aggressively trolled war of all time.”

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Beware the Cult of Cadwalladr

Saturday, 22 January 2022 — Craig MurraY

The most important piece of information to come out of Carole Cadwalladr’s current libel trial is perhaps the least reported – that she received material alleging links between Arron Banks, Vote Leave and Russia from “a contractor to the UK security services”. The information came to light because under discovery rules she had to disclose a great deal of relevant material to Banks.

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Massive Secret UK Propaganda Campaign in Former Soviet Republics Seeds Contempt

9 March 2021 — Mint Press News

From the Skripal affair to Navalny’s rise to the Russian Olympic doping scandal, these damning revelations should be enough to dispel any notions of truth in what the UK and allies tell their citizens through mainstream media outlets and the social media landscape they control.

New Documents Reveal More British Efforts To Undermine Russia

15 February 2021 — Moon of Alabama

In 2018 we wrote about:

The ‘Integrity Initiative’ – A Military Intelligence Operation, Disguised As Charity, To Create The “Russian Threat”.

The reporting was based on the British Integrity Initiative’s internal files which some ‘anonymous’ organization had acquired and published.

Data acquired from Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office by the same group revealed large British propaganda programs in support of Jihadis in Syria as well as British influence operations designed to undermine the security institutions of Lebanon and to secretly influence its population.

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The War on Truth, Dissent and Free Speech Syria, the OPCW Douma Investigation and the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media

6 October 2020 — Off Guardian

Dr Piers Robinson

On Saturday 13 June 2020 The Times newspaper published its third attack on academics associated with researching British government propaganda and the war in Syria. This time the attack focused on smearing myself and Professor David Miller with the objective of discrediting an academic organization we established, the Organisation for Propaganda Studies (OPS), designed to foster research and writing on propaganda. Continue reading

New Documents Reveal Secret British Efforts To Arm, Assist And Propagandize ‘Moderate Rebels’ In Syria

18 September 2020 — Moon of Alabama

In November 2018 some anonymous people published a number of documents that had been liberated from a clandestine British propaganda organization, the Integrity Initiative.

The same group or person who revealed the Integrity Initiative papers has now released several dozens of documents about another ‘Strategic Communication’ campaign run by the British Foreign Office. The current release reveals a number of train and assist missions for ‘Syrian rebels’ as well as propaganda operations run in Syria and globally on behalf of the British government.

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‘No public benefit’: Scottish regulator blasts charity whose Integrity Initiative project was outed as anti-Russia psy-op

4 November 2019 — RT

The NGO behind the Integrity Initiative – a project that claimed to fight “disinformation” but in reality appeared to be more of a covert British influence op – has been blasted by a new report for providing no “public benefit.”

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How To Spot A Twitter Troll By Craig Murray

2 July 2019 — Craig Murray

UPDATE: GCHQ are currently advertising to recruit more trolls to carry out precisely the activity I outline here. As their advertisement puts it:

We are looking to recruit individuals who can contribute to a step change in the UK’s ability to project cyber power against our adversaries, in order to keep the UK safe. You will be at the forefront of the nation’s covert online capability. We want people who can help support and run operations that disrupt and degrade our adversaries’ ability to do us harm, and contest malign activity in cyber space.

I do hope this helps cut through the cognitive dissonance for those of you who found it difficult to come to terms with the truth of the below.

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Where do the interests of democracy lie? Working Group responds to UK minister’s attack on critics of the “Integrity Initiative” By Tim Hayward

19 March 2019 — Tim Hayward

The Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media has published a response to the recent attack on the group by Sir Alan Duncan.

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Response to Sir Alan Duncan’s attack on the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media

Tim Hayward, Paul McKeigue, David Miller, Piers Robinson

19 March 2019

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Twitter and the smearing of Corbyn and Assange: A research note on the “Integrity Initiative”

13 February 2019 — True Publica
Twitter and the smearing of Corbyn and Assange: A research note on the “Integrity Initiative”

By Mark Curtis: The UK government-financed Integrity Initiative, managed by the Institute for Statecraft, is ostensibly a “counter disinformation” programme to challenge Russian information operations. However, it has been revealed that the Integrity Initiative twitter handle and some individuals associated with this programme have also been tweeting messages attacking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. [i]  This takes on special meaning in light of the numerous UK military and intelligence personnel associated with the programme, documented in an important briefing by academics in Working Group on Syria Propaganda and Media. [ii]

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Integrity Initiative: Covert British Military-Smear Machine Moving into US

10 January 2019 — Consortium News

After mobilizing a disinformation campaign across Europe, documents show that the Integrity Initiative is now infiltrating the U.S., report Max Blumenthal and Mark Ames.

By Max Blumenthal and Mark Ames
Grayzone

A bombshell domestic spy scandal has been unfolding in Britain, after hacked internal communications exposed a covert U.K. state military-intelligence psychological warfare operation targeting its own citizens and political figures in allied NATO countries under the cover of fighting “Russian disinformation.”

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The Institute for Statecraft Exposed

26 November 2018 — williambowles.info

Update 8 January 2019

Here are Part 3 and 4 of the files ‘liberated’ from the Institute for Statecraft

integrity initiative part 4 (43.4mb zipped)

Integrity Initiative part 3 (40.1mb zipped)

I came across the graphic below released by the ‘Integrity Initiative’ [sic]  which I think is worth adding in here. BTW, apparently, according to this graphic, this and other lefty websites are now part of the Russian ‘propaganda’ offensive.

And it since emerged that same duo of Institute for Statecraft/Integrity Initiative has been putting out disinfo on Jeremy Corbyn as well! This from The Canary:

The Conservative government is funding a ‘monitoring group’ that’s carrying out disinformation attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and Labour. The foreign office has now admitted providing £1.96m of public money to the Institute for Statecraft’s Integrity Initiative in the 2018/19 year. Military specialists run the unit, which has posted smears about Jeremy Corbyn and his team on social media. ‘The Canary‘, 9th December 2018

A number of documents from the Institute for Statecraft and its propaganda machine, ‘Integrity Initiative’ [sic] have been uncovered by ‘Anonymous’ (whoever they are) that reveal the objectives and the scale of this sophisticated enterprise. But already I read that some individuals are questioning the validity of these documents, that they are some kind of ‘plant’ designed I’m told, to confuse and neutralise Russian propaganda, but you be the judge (all in PDF format). For myself, it’s clear that they are real and not bogus.

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The Not So Special US-UK Relationship By Matthew Jamison

4 January 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The Anglo-American ‘Special Relationship’ has been known to exist as a close alliance between the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since the days of FDR and Churchill forged during the Second World War. It is called special because of the unique historical and cultural bonds of kinship that unite the American and British peoples through a perceived shared heritage, common political/social/economic values and language. Together over the course of 72 years it has been the White House with the support of 10 Downing Street as its principal strategic leading ally in Europe.

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