British Government Runs Secret Smear Campaigns
In 2015 the government of Britain launched a secret operation to insert
anti-Russia propaganda into the western media stream.
We have already seen many
consequences of this and similar programs which are designed to
smear anyone who does not follow the anti-Russian government lines. The
'Russian collusion' smear campaign against Donald Trump based on the
Steele dossier was also a largely British operation but seems to be part
of a different project.
The 'Integrity Initiative'
builds 'cluster' or contact groups of trusted journalists, military
personal, academics and lobbyists within foreign countries. These people
get alerts via social media to take action when the British center
perceives a need.
On June 7 it took the the Spanish cluster only a few hours to derail the
appointment of Perto Banos as the Director of the National Security
Department in Spain. The cluster determined that he had a too positive
view of Russia and launched a coordinated social media smear campaign
(pdf) against him.
The Initiative and its operations were unveiled when someone liberated
some of its documents, including its budget applications to the British
Foreign Office, and posted
them under the 'Anonymous' label at cyberguerrilla.org.
The Initiative is nominally
run under the (government financed) non-government-organisation The Institute For Statecraft.
Its internal handbook
(pdf) describes its purpose:
The Integrity Initiative was set up in autumn 2015 by The
Institute for Statecraft in cooperation with the Free University of
Brussels (VUB) to bring to the attention of politicians, policy-makers,
opinion leaders and other interested parties the threat posed by Russia to
democratic institutions in the United Kingdom, across Europe and North
It lists Bellingcat and the Atlantic Council as "partner organisations"
and promises that:
Cluster members will be sent to educational sessions abroad to
improve the technical competence of the cluster to deal with
disinformation and strengthen bonds in the cluster community. [...]
(Events with DFR Digital Sherlocks, Bellingcat, EuVsDisinfo, Buzzfeed,
Irex, Detector Media, Stopfake, LT MOD Stratcom – add more names and
propose cluster participants as you desire).
The Initiatives Orwellian slogan is 'Defending Democracy Against
Disinformation'. It covers European countries, the UK, the U.S. and Canada
and seems to want to expand to the Middle East.
On its About
page it claims: "We are not a government body but we do work with
government departments and agencies who share our aims." The now published
budget plans show that more than 95% of the Initiative's funding is coming
directly from the British government, NATO and the U.S. State Department.
All the 'contact persons' for creating 'clusters' in foreign countries are
British embassy officers. It amounts to a foreign influence campaign by
the British government that hides behind a 'civil society' NGO.
The organisation is led by one Chris N. Donnelly who receives
(pdf) £8,100 per month for creating the smear campaign network.
Chris Donnelly - Pic via
From its 2017/18
budget application (pdf) we learn how the Initiative works:
To counter Russian disinformation and malign influence in Europe
by: expanding the knowledge base; harnessing existing expertise, and;
establishing a network of networks of experts, opinion formers and policy
makers, to educate national audiences in the threat and
to help build national capacities to counter it.
The Initiative has a black and white view that is based on a "we are the
good ones" illusion. When "we" 'educate the public' it is legitimate work.
When others do similar, it its disinformation. That is of course not the
reality. The Initiative's existence itself, created to secretly
manipulate the public, is proof that such a view is wrong.
If its work were as legit as it wants to be seen, why would the Foreign
Office run it from behind the curtain as an NGO? The Initiative is not the
only such operation. It's applications seek funding from a larger "Russian
Language Strategic Communication Programme" run by the Foreign Office.
The 2017/18 budget application sought FCO funding of £480,635. It
received £102,000 in co-funding from NATO and the Lithuanian Ministry of
Defense. The 2018/19 budget application shows a planned
spending (pdf) of £1,961,000.00. The co-sponsors this year are again
NATO and the Lithuanian MoD, but also
include (pdf) the U.S. State Department with £250,000 and Facebook
with £100,000. The budget lays out a strong cooperation with the local
military of each country. It notes that NATO is also generous in financing
the local clusters.
One of the liberated papers of the Initiative is a talking points memo
3 Deliverable for FCO (pdf):
- Developing and proving the cluster concept and methodology, setting
up clusters in a range of countries with different circumstances
- Making people (in Government, think tanks, military, journalists)
see the big picture, making people acknowledge that we are under
concerted, deliberate hybrid attack by Russia
- Increasing the speed of response, mobilising the network to activism
in pursuit of the “golden minute”
Under top 1, setting up clusters, a subitem reads:
- Connects media with academia with policy makers with
practitioners in a country to impact on policy and society: (Jelena
Milic silencing pro-kremlin voices on Serbian TV)
Defending Democracy by silencing certain voices on public TV seems to be
a self-contradicting concept.
Another subitem notes how the Initiative secretly influences foreign
We engage only very discreetly with governments, based entirely
on trusted personal contacts, specifically to ensure that they do not come
to see our work as a problem, and to try to influence them gently, as
befits an independent NGO operation like ours, viz;
- Germany, via the Zentrum Liberale Moderne to the Chancellor’s Office and
- Netherlands, via the HCSS to the MOD
- Poland and Romania, at desk level into their MFAs via their NATO Reps
- Spain, via special advisers, into the MOD and PM’s office (NB this may
change very soon with the new Government)
- Norway, via personal contacts into the MOD
- HQ NATO, via the Policy Planning Unit into the Sec Gen’s office.
We have latent contacts into other governments which we will activate as
needs be as the clusters develop.
A look at the 'clusters' set up in U.S. and UK shows some prominent
Members of the Atlantic Council, which has a contract
to censor Facebook posts, appear on several cluster lists. The UK
core cluster also includes some prominent names like tax
fraudster William Browder, the daft Atlantic Council shill Ben Nimmo
and the neo-conservative Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum. One
person of interest is Andrew Wood who handed
the Steele 'dirty dossier' to Senator John McCain to smear Donald Trump
over alleged relations with Russia. A separate subcluster of so-called
journalists names Deborah Haynes, David Aaronovitch of the London Times,
Neil Buckley from the FT and Jonathan Marcus of the BBC.
Roundup' (pdf) from July 2018 details its activities in at least 35
countries. Another file reveals
(pdf) the local partnering institutions and individuals involved in the
The Initiatives Guide
to Countering Russian Information (pdf) is a rather funny read. It
lists the downing of flight MH 17 by a Ukranian BUK missile, the fake
chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun and the Skripal Affair as examples for
"Russian disinformation". But at least two of these events, Khan Sheikun
via the UK run White Helmets and the Skripal affair, are evidently
products of British intelligence disinformation operations.
The probably most interesting papers of the whole stash is the 'Project
Plan' laid out at pages 7-40 of the 2018
budget application v2 (pdf). Under 'Sustainability' it notes:
The programme is proposed to run until at least March 2019, to
ensure that the clusters established in each country have sufficient time
to take root, find funding, and demonstrate their effectiveness. FCO
funding for Phase 2 will enable the activities to be expanded in scale,
reach and scope. As clusters have established themselves, they have begun
to access local sources of funding. But this is a slow process and harder
in some countries than others. HQ NATO PDD [Public Diplomacy
Division] has proved a reliable source of funding for national clusters.
The ATA [Atlantic Treaty Association] promises to be the same, giving
access to other pots of money within NATO and member nations. Funding from
institutional and national governmental sources in the US has been delayed
by internal disputes within the US government, but w.e.f. March 2018 that
deadlock seems to have been resolved and funding should now flow.
The programme has begun to create a critical mass of
individuals from a cross society (think tanks, academia, politics, the
media, government and the military) whose work is proving to be
mutually reinforcing. Creating the network of networks has
given each national group local coherence, credibility and reach, as
well as good international access. Together, these conditions, plus the
growing awareness within governments of the need for this work, should
guarantee the continuity of the work under various auspices and in
part of the budget application (pdf) list the various activities,
their output and outcome. The budget plan includes a section that
describes 'Risks' to the initiative. These include hacking of the
Initiatives IT as well as:
Adverse publicity generated by Russia or by supporters of Russia
in target countries, or by political and interest groups affected by the
work of the programme, aimed at discrediting the programme or its
participants, or to create political embarrassment.
We hope that this piece contributes to such embarrassment.
Posted by b on November 24, 2018 at 11:24 AM | Permalink
When will we learn?
Posted by: Steveg | Nov 24, 2018 11:43:44 AM | 1
Posted by: Otto | Nov 24, 2018 11:45:02 AM | 3
The British government has been running a serious meddling into the US
"The UK's Secret Intelligence Service, otherwise known as MI6, has been
scrambling to prevent President Trump from publishing classified
materials linked to the Russian election meddling investigation.
... much of the espionage performed on the Trump campaign was conducted
on UK soil throughout 2016."
A Steele & Skrupal's anti-Russian / anti-Trump saga: https://spectator.org/big-dots-do-they-connect/
"Gregory R. Copley, editor and publisher of Defense & Foreign
Affairs, posited that Sergei Skripal is the unnamed Russian intelligence
source in the Steele dossier. ... In Skripal’s pseudo-country-gentleman
retirement, the ex-GRU-MI6 double agent was selling custom-made “Russian
intelligence”; he had fabricated “material” that went into the Steele
For M16 to expose this level of stupidity is stunning.
Posted by: Anya | Nov 24, 2018 11:57:00 AM | 4
thanks b.... this movement in the west by gov'ts to pay for generating
lies, hate and propaganda towards russia is really sick... it is perfect
for the military industrial complex corporations though and they seem to
be calling the shots in the west, much more so then the voice of the
ordinary person who is not interested in war.. i guess the idea is to
get the ordinary people to think in terms of hating another country
based on lies and that this would be a good thing... it is very sad what
uk / usa leadership in the past century has come down to here.... i can
only hope that info releases like this will hasten it's demise...
Posted by: james | Nov 24, 2018 11:58:02 AM | 5
Seems to me that this shows the primacy of the City of London, with its
offshore network of illicit capital accumulation, within Britain. It is
a state within a state or even a financial empire within a state, which,
for deep historical reasons isn't subject to the same laws as the rest
of the UK. The UK's pathological obsession with Russia only males sense
to me as the city's insistence on continued 90s style appropriation of
Posted by: Ingrian | Nov 24, 2018 12:03:55 PM | 6
@6 ingrian... things didn't go as planned for the expropriation of
russia after the fall of the soviet union.. it seems the west is still
hurting from not being able to exploit russia fully, as they'd
Posted by: james | Nov 24, 2018 12:15:31 PM | 7
an old book should be read written in the 1930s
it is called
the empire of the city of london
full of illumination a 1000 points of light and all that
it is my belief that young folks can even read that old book on the
Posted by: sam | Nov 24, 2018 12:19:36 PM | 8
Let the Doxx wars begin! Sure, Anonymous is not Russian but it will
surely now be targeted and smeared as such which would show that it has
hit a nerve. British hypocrisy publicly called out. How this all
unravels is one to watch. Extra large popcorn and soda for me.
I think we've all noticed the euro-asslantic press (and friends) on
behalf of, willingly and in cooperation with the British intelligence et
al 'calling out' numerous Russians as G(R)U/spies/whatever for a while
now yet providing less than a shred of credible evidence.
It seems to me that the UK has far more to lose from doxxing than
Russia does. The interference in sovereign allied states to 'manage' who
the UK thinks they should appoint does not bod well for such relations.
Meanwhile in Brussels they are having their cake and eating it, i.e.
bemoaning Europe's 'weak response' to Russian propaganda:
BTW, did anyone read Wired UK's current advertorial (nov 14) by Carl
Miller for Brigade 77?
Posted by: et Al | Nov 24, 2018 12:20:09 PM | 9
"A separate subcluster of so-called journalists names Deborah Haynes,
David Aaronovitch of the London Times and Neil Buckley from the FT."
Subcluster. Love it. Just how crap do you have to be to fail to make it
to membership of a full cluster of smear merchants?
Posted by: Forthestate | Nov 24, 2018 12:26:09 PM | 10
Yet another example of the pot calling the kettle black when in fact
the kettle may not be black at all; it's just the pot making up things.
"These Russian criminals are using propaganda to show (truths) like the
fact the DNC and Clinton campaigns colluded to prevent Sanders from
being nominated, so we need to establish a clandestine propaganda
network to establish that the Russians are running propaganda!"
Posted by: worldblee | Nov 24, 2018 12:33:05 PM | 11
But, but, but they are doing God's work so its ok....God of Mammon
Great journalism b
@ Forthstate with "....full cluster of smear merchants".
May all the clusters of smear merchants be exposed to the public as the
acolytes of evil they are.
Posted by: psychohistorian | Nov 24,
2018 12:34:32 PM | 12
"In 2015 the government of Britain launched a secret operation to
insert anti-Russia propaganda into the western media stream."
I doubt very seriously that the British launched this operation without
the CIA's implicit and explicit support. This has all the markings of a
John Brennan operation that has been launched stealthily to prevent
anyone from knowing its real origins.
The Brits don't act alone, and a project of this magnitude did not
begin without Langley's explicit approval.
Now check out the wording in the above document:
"Funding from institutional and national governmental sources in the US
has been delayed by internal disputes within the US government, but
w.e.f. March 2018 that deadlock seems to have been resolved and funding
should now flow."
Think about that.
What would have blocked the flow of USG support for this project??
Why, the allegations of collusion against Trump, of course. Naturally,
the Republicans are not going to provide money to an operation that
threatens to destroy the head of their own party. So, there has been no
bipartisan agreement on funding for anti-Russia propaganda
BUT...the author assures us that the "deadlock seems to have been
resolved and funding should now flow"
In other words, the fix is in. Mueller will pardon Trump on collusion
charges but the propaganda campaign against Russia will continue...with
the full support of both parties.
I could be wrong, but that's how I see it...
Posted by: plantman | Nov 24, 2018 12:36:48 PM | 13
This mob was created in the autumn of 2015, according to their site.
That would have been about the time -- probably just after -- the
Russians intervened in Syria. The Brits had plans for an invasion of
Syria in 2009, according to their fave Guardian fish wrap. A lot of sour
grapes with this so-called 'integrity initiative', IMO. BP was behind a
lot of this, I would also think. When Assad pulled the plug on the
pipeline through the Levant in 2009, the Brits hacked up a fur ball.
It's gone downhill for them ever since. Couldn't happen to a nicer lot.
If you can't invade or beat them with proxies, you can at least call
Posted by: m | Nov 24, 2018 12:40:07 PM | 14
Pat Lang posted a report that strongly implies that charges of Russian
influence on Trump are a deliberate falsification: THE CHIMERA OF DONALD TRUMP, RUSSIAN MONEY LAUNDERER:
If Trump was taking dirty money or engaged in criminal
activity with Russians then he was doing it with Felix Sater, who was
under the control of the FBI... And who was in charge of the FBI
during all of the time that Sater was a signed up FBI snitch? You got
it—Robert Mueller (2001 thru 2013) ...
It seems quite possible that what is alleged as "Russian meddling" is
actually CIA-MI6 meddling, including:
To create suspicion in government, media, and later the public
Leaking of DNC emails to Wikileaks (but calling it a "hack")
To help with election of Trump and link Wikileaks (as agent) to
Russian election meddling
To provide necessary reasoning for Trump's (certain) win of the
Note: We later found that dozens of firms had undue access to
Facebook data. Why did the campaign turn to a British firm instead of
an American firm? Well, it had to be a British firm if MI6 was running
the (supposed) Facebook targeting for CIA.
As I have said before, MAGA is a POLICY RESPONSE to the challenge from
Russia and China. The election of a Republican faux populist was necessary
and Trump, despite his many flaws, was the best candidate for the job.
Posted by: Jackrabbit | Nov 24, 2018 12:40:58
PM | 15
@13 plantman.. those are good observations.. thanks..
@15 jr.. the article is by someone named ''larry''..pat agreed to post
it.. i also thought it was a good read..
Posted by: james | Nov 24, 2018 12:45:16 PM | 16
The Integrity Initiative's goal is to defend democracy against the
truth about Russia.
All this is so Orwellian. When will we get the Ministry of Love?
Posted by: Cyril | Nov 24, 2018 1:10:13 PM | 17
Posted by: james | Nov 24, 2018 12:15:31 PM | 7
"things didn't go as planned for the expropriation of russia after the
fall of the soviet union.. it seems the west is still hurting from not
being able to exploit russia fully, as they'd intended..."
They shot at an elephant and failed to kill it.
So yes, out of the combo of frustration, resentment, and fear they hate
the resurgent Russia and prefer Cold War II, and if necessary WWIII, to
peaceful co-existence. Of course the usual corporate imperative (in this
case weapons profiteering) reinforces the mass psychological pathology
among the elites.
The ironic thing is that Putin doesn't prefer to challenge the
neoliberal globalist "order" at all, but would happily see Russia take a
prominent place within it. It's the US and its UK poodle who are
insisting on confrontation.
Posted by: Russ | Nov 24, 2018 1:16:21
PM | 18
Great article! It reminded me of what I read in George Orwell's novella
"1984." He summed it all up brilliantly in nine words: "War is Peace";
"Freedom is Slavery"; "Ignorance is Strength." The three pillars of
Posted by: GeorgeV | Nov 24, 2018 1:34:08 PM | 19
Since UK has always blocked the "European Intelligence" initiative, on
the basis of his pertenence to the "Five Eyes", and as UK is leaving the
European Union, where it has always been the Troy Horse of the US, one
would think that all these people belonging to the so called "clusters"
should register themselves as "foreign agents" working for UK
government...and in this context, new empowerished sovereign governemts
into the EU should consider the possibility expelling these traitors as
spies of the UK....
Some of the "clusters" unmasked here....some, like Ignacio Torreblanca
in Spain, are related to the CFR....
Posted by: Sasha | Nov 24, 2018 1:38:39 PM | 20
Country list of agents of influence according to the leak:
Harold Elletson ,Klaus NaumannWolf-Ruediger Bengs, Ex Amb Killian,
Gebhardt v Moltke, Roland Freudenstein, Hubertus Hoffmann, Bertil
Wenger, Beate Wedekind, Klaus Wittmann, Florian Schmidt, Norris v
Sweden, Norway, Finland
Martin Kragh , Jardar Ostbo, Chris Prebensen, Kate Hansen Bundt, Tor
Bukkvoll, Henning-Andre Sogaard, Kristen Ven Bruusgard, Henrik O
Breitenbauch, Niels Poulsen, Jeppe Plenge, Claus Mathiesen, Katri
Pynnoniemi, Ian Robertson, Pauli Jarvenpaa, Andras Racz
Dr Sijbren de Jong, Ida Eklund-Lindwall, Yevhen Fedchenko, Rianne
Siebenga, Jerry Sullivan, Hunter B Treseder, Chris Quick
Posted by: Zanon | Nov 24, 2018 2:12:45 PM | 21
Nico de Pedro, Ricardo Blanco Tarno, Eduardo Serra Rexach, Dionisio
Urteaga Todo, Dimitri Barua, Fernando Valenzuela Marzo, Marta Garcia,
Abraham Sanz, Fernando Maura, Jose Ignacio Sanchez Amor, Jesus
Ramon-Laca Clausen, Frances Ghiles, Carmen Claudin, Nika Prislan, Luis
Simon, Charles Powell, Mira Milosevich, Daniel Iriarte, Anna Bosch, Mira
Milosevich-Juaristi, Tito, Frances Ghiles, Borja Lasheras, Jordi
Bacaria, Alvaro Imbernon-Sainz, Nacho Samor
Mary Ellen Connell, Anders Aslund, Elizabeth Braw, Paul Goble, David
Evelyn Farkas, Glen Howard, Stephen Blank, Ian Brzezinski, Thomas
Mahnken, John Nevado, Robert Nurick, Jeff McCausland
Amalyah Hart William Browder John Ardis
Roderick Collins, Patrick Mileham Deborah Haynes
Dan Lafayeedney Chris Hernon Mungo Melvin
Rob Dover Julian Moore Agnes Josa David Aaronovitch Stephen Dalziel
Raheem Shapi Ben Nimmo
Robert Hall Alexander Hoare Steve Jermy Dominic Kennedy
Victor Madeira Ed Lucas Dr David Ryall
Graham Geale Steve Tatham Natalie Nougayrede
Alan Riley email@example.com Anne Applebaum Neil Logan
Brown James Wilson Primavera Quantrill
Bruce Jones David Clark Charles Dick
Ahmed Dassu Sir Adam Thompson Lorna Fitzsimons Neil Buckley Richard
Titley Euan Grant
Alastair Aitken Yusuf Desai Bobo Lo Duncan Allen Chris Bell
Peter Mason John Lough Catherine Crozier
Robin Ashcroft Johanna Moehring Vadim Kleiner David Fields Alistair Wood
Ben Robinson Drew Foxall Alex Finnen
Orsyia Lutsevych Charlie Hatton Vladimir Ashurkov
Giles Harris Ben Bradshaw
Chris Scheurweghs James Nixey
Charlie Hornick Baiba Braze J Lindley-French
Craig Oliphant Paul Kitching Nick Childs Celia Szusterman
James Sherr Alan Parfitt Alzbeta Chmelarova Keir Giles
Andy Pryce Zach Harkenrider
Kadri Liik Arron Rahaman David Nicholas Igor Sutyagin Rob Sandford Maya
Parmar Andrew Wood Richard Slack Ellie Scarnell
Nick Smith Asta Skaigiryte Ian Bond Joanna Szostek Gintaras Stonys Nina
Nick Washer Ian Williams Joe Green Carl Miller Adrian Bradshaw
Clement Daudy Jeremy Blackham Gabriel Daudy Andrew Lucy Stafford Diane
Allen Alexandros Papaioannou
Posted by: Zanon | Nov 24, 2018 2:13:28 PM | 22
Thank you very much for going through all the files, b. Will share far
Posted by: cresty | Nov 24, 2018 2:18:30 PM | 23
I see that the cluster of UK journalists to receive propaganda from the
Integrity Initiative includes Guardian writer and former Le Monde chief
editor (run out by her senior editors for her "Putinesque" leadership
style) Natalie Nougayrede. As if The Guardian needs any more persuasion
or encouragement to recede deeper into its labyrinthine network of
rabbit-holes. Jonathan Freedland must be jumping up and down in an
infantile tantrum that Nugget-head got such privileged access.
Posted by: Jen | Nov 24, 2018 2:25:43 PM | 24
Agents of influence in Italy according to the leak:
Fabrizio Luciolli Vittorfranco Pisano Jason Wiseman Beppe Severigni
Jacopo Iacoboni Alvise Armellini
Posted by: Zanon | Nov 24, 2018 2:30:45 PM | 25
@ #2 pretzelattack Thanks for the Robert Mueller Guardian article link.
Am I the only one not to know that "As acting deputy attorney general,
he [Robert Mueller] was in charge of the investigation and indictment of
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the terrorist attack that
brought down Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland just before
Seems every new article I read on Robert Mueller, he was carrying out
another CIA covert plan.
The Framing of al-Megrahi by Gareth Peirce London
Review of Books 24 Sept 2019
Posted by: erichwwk | Nov 24, 2018
2:32:15 PM | 26
Britain has been a US dog for years, most overtly in Blair's time over
Iraq and Afghanistan, but things haven't really changed. Britain's
military has become more and more dependent on the US. There is no
longer an independent nuclear deterrent - the weapons are rented from
the US, and I'm certain that they couldn't be used without US approval
(sure to be a backdoor somewhere in the electronics which would enable
the US to turn them off, if the US disagreed). The F35s they've insisted
on buying are probably in the same situation.
They're not slaves, or rather 'vassals' - the current word of
sensitivity about the EU. More active collaborators, which implies
initiatives also stemming from Britain.
One should also recall Britain's function as US agent in the European
Union. They were opposed to many EU proposals, obviously to fit in with
US desires. The most recent example is the Galileo GPS system - they
were opposed to it for years, but as Ivan Rogers told us (former Brit
ambassador to the EU), the opposition he was instructed to make failed.
It's all gone off a bit recently though. Trump is not interested in
Britain in the way Obama was. Brexit is a nativist movement, not what
America wants. If Brexit goes through finally, the interest of the US
will be even less, as we can no longer intervene on the US's behalf in
Posted by: Laguerre | Nov 24, 2018 2:32:37 PM | 27
French agents of inluence according to leak:
Francoise Thom Jusin Vaisse Thomas Bertin Caroline Gondaud Guillaume
Schlumberger Raphael de Lagarde Roland Galharague
Martin Briens Jean-Christophe Noel Laurent Rucker Alexandre Escorcia
Nikola Guljevatej David Behar Claire le Flecher Remy Bouallegue Paul
Zajac Nicolas Roche Manuel Lafont Rapnouil Laurent Rucker Patrick
Hardouin Etienne de Durand
Posted by: Zanon | Nov 24, 2018 2:35:35 PM | 28
I just knew if I scrolled down far enough the name Anne Applebaum would
appear - Queen of the Dual-Loyalists; but Wm. Browder!?
From her Wikipedia page: "She is a visiting Professor of Practice at
the London School of Economics, where she runs Arena, a project on
propaganda and disinformation." I reckon she "Practices" at the Post.
Posted by: Bart Hansen | Nov 24, 2018 2:41:35 PM | 29
Of course none of this will be reported in the "real" news outlets.
Posted by: steve | Nov 24, 2018 2:43:03 PM | 30
@7 "...things didn't go as planned for the expropriation of russia
after the fall of the soviet union.. it seems the west is still hurting
from not being able to exploit russia fully, as they'd intended..."
Crimea is the one that really hurts. NATO was all set to build a shiny
Posted by: dh | Nov 24, 2018 2:43:03 PM | 31
@18 russ... yes - that pretty well sums it up... as for putin falling
into the neoliberal order - at this point it does look that way.. i am
curious how russia could move forward at this moment in some alternative
way? what would the alternative way look like?
@zanon... thanks, but the list given for usa/canada has only one person
on it that appears to be a canuck - glen howard.. and unless it is a
different glen howard, the guy is some curling wiz, but no mention of
his anti-russian credentials... his e mail address is given as
jamestown.org which is connected to the jamestown foundation.. turns
out, he is not a canuck either - "Glen Howard President
Mr. Howard is fluent in Russian and proficient in Azerbaijani and
Arabic, and is a regional expert on the Caucasus and Central Asia. He
was formerly an Analyst at the Science Applications International
Corporation (SAIC) Strategic Assessment Center. His articles have
appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst,
and Jane’s Defense Weekly. Mr. Howard has served as a consultant to
private sector and governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department
of Defense, the National Intelligence Council and major oil companies
operating in Central Asia and the Middle East."
one of the people on the usa-can list - john nevado appears to be an
bottom line - as a sensitive canuck, i think someone needs to change
the list to say usa and remove canada, as no canucks are on the list
from the small research i did...
that is the sad thing about canada - it gets lumped in with the usa for
good and bad on a regular basis... maybe they could put crystia
freelands name on this list... i think she would qualify as a rabid
Posted by: james | Nov 24, 2018 2:50:46 PM | 32
@31 dh.. i think you are right about that.. annie applepants is still
aching over that... her and crystia freeland..
Posted by: james | Nov 24, 2018 2:51:44 PM | 33
reply to Plantman 13
"Funding from institutional and national governmental sources in the US
has been delayed by internal disputes within the US government, but
w.e.f. March 2018 that deadlock seems to have been resolved and funding
should now flow."
I don't think it was the Republican party that was the source of the
I think it may have been Tillerson. He had close ties to Russia and in
March 2018, he was forced out of State and Pompeo came in.
"President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo as Secretary of State in March
2018, with Pompeo succeeding Rex Tillerson after his dismissal."
Posted by: frances | Nov 24, 2018 2:55:24 PM | 34
"The organisation is led by one Chris N. Donnelly who receives (pdf)
£8,100 per month ..."
That's a decent salary. He probably can work from home too - like
Bellingcat. A fake NGO operating with fake "integrity" to identify "fake
news". Everything is rather upside-down these days. Good to have all
those names attached. Where's C Summers on the list? - maybe he never
realized till now the monthly salaries available.
Posted by: jayc | Nov 24, 2018 3:00:23 PM | 35
Russian disinformation is much less important than the work of the GRU
which has been active in western elections and stirring up trouble in
the Balkans and Ukraine. It's clear that Russian disinformation and lies
were exposed by the indictment by Mueller of the Internet Research
Agency. Russia is playing a divisive role on the western debate over
immigration, refugees, foreign policy (NATO) etc., but the GRU has been
doing the real damage.
The GRU was exposed hacking the campaign headquarters of France and the
US turning the emails over to WikiLeaks in an attempt to elect Le Pen
and Trump, respectively. GRU agents were identified on CCTV in the
attempt to murder the Skripals. Both GRU agents were identified by
Bellingcat. Bellingcat identified a second GRU agent in a failed attempt
in a 2016 coup in Montenegro (https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/11/22/second-gru-officer-indicted-montenegro-coup-unmasked/).
The motive was preventing Montenegro from joining NATO (thus proving its
necessity). Both GRU agents in the Montenegro coup attempt are currently
wanted by Interpol. According to Bellingcat, their "....findings
directly contradict Kremlin’s statements that “Popov” was an innocent
Russian tourist unjustly accused by a hostile foreign government....".
This was the same alibi attempted by the Russian government before the
two suspects in the attempted assassination of Skripal were identified
as GRU agents.
The GRU continues to be active in the Balkans according to the
".......As part of a broader program of support for illiberal
forces in Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin has also emerged as a
patron of Dodik. With Russian assistance, the police forces of
Republika Srpska have undertaken an ominous program of
militarization, with weapons and training provided by Russian
advisers.Russian-owned state media outlets have also been accused of
spreading sectarian propaganda in the country, adding to a febrile
climate of ethnic tension and atrocity denial that Dodik has been glad
to capitalize on......."
Paul Goble adds (https://jamestown.org/program/moscow-using-serbs-against-bosnia-as-it-did-ethnic-russians-against-ukraine/):
".......Suljagic.......said that “the Kremlin wants to
begin a conflict ‘in the Ukrainian style’ in Bosnia-Herzegovina” and to
that end has been training police and paramilitary groups from the
[Republika Srpska within Bosnia-Herzegovina] in Russia and providing
them with weapons........"
The GRU have also been recently exposed in attempts to infiltrate the
OPCW and and a US nuclear energy company (https://thebea.st/2O6EyLw?source=twitter&via=desktop
"......The Department of Justice revealed that the GRU
targeted U.S. and international sports anti-doping agencies in
cyberattacks, as well a U.S. nuclear energy company that supplied fuel
to Ukraine, leading to charges of hacking, wire fraud, identity theft,
and money laundering.
The Netherlands named four Russian military intelligence officers in
a failed April cyberattack on the Organization for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons (OPCW)—the group responsible for investigating the
Sergei Skripal poisoning and a Russia-linked chemical
attack in Syria........"
While the GRU has seemed more like the Keystone cops than the percieved
well oiled intelligence agency, they still can count as successful
helping to elect Trump (whether it can be proven or not). Their work in
the Balkans continues in a program of destabilization.
Posted by: craigsummers | Nov 24, 2018 3:01:25 PM | 36
And people that works in those clusters? Do they sleep all night? I
think of them as cruisaders. They have been swallowing propaganda for
more than 2 generations. This cureemt state of affairs cannot last
Posted by: PacoRepublicano | Nov 24, 2018 3:02:15 PM | 37
What I love about this whole saga was the insertion of a fanzine
created on 4Chan. The stuff about the prozzies, the pee, Obama's bed was
pure 4Chan, initially created to harass a Nevertrumper. It shows just
how inept MI6, GCHQ and the CIA are, allowing their own prejudices to
lead them into a wonderfully embarrassing situation. No matter how great
their 'reach' as shown by this document dump, they chose to include the
most preposterous nonsense in what was supposed to be serious research,
and they paid a fortune for it.
Posted by: kula | Nov 24, 2018 3:05:50 PM | 38
Anne Bader Eduard Abrahayman Mitar Kuyundzic Plamen Pantev Solomon Passy
Jaroslav Hajecek Jakub Janda Frantisek Vrabel Peter Kreko Jan Strzelecki
Harold Elletson Susan Stewart
Posted by: Zanon | Nov 24, 2018 3:21:34 PM | 39