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I have somewhat been following the fall-out of the Integrity Initiative documents.

The short version is that somebody put up their documents - hacked or leaked - and the picture have emerged of a US/UK/NATO funded organisation with ties to intelligence services that under the cloak of a charity has been "countering Russian propaganda" by propaganda of their own.

So far their accomplishments appear to be getting a volunteer into the Sanders campaign, stopping an appointment in Spain, writing all kinds of "Russians are coming" articles and dissing Corbyn on Twitter.

The most comprehensive write-up I have found is this: http://syriapropagandamedia.org/working-papers/briefing-note-on-the-integrity-initiative

Anyone noticed any traditional media coverage of it yet?

by fjallstrom on Tue Dec 25th, 2018 at 05:10:57 PM EST
New to me, I'll look into it ...

From a website of Anon CyberGuerrilla the name Maria de Goeij popped up:

Maria de Goeij  - LinkedIn
The Institute for Statecraft, London - fellows

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 25th, 2018 at 06:01:21 PM EST
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Your link is already pretty comprehensive, what is your question or goal? Link also refers to Tim Hayward's blog which supports the investigation into "Statecraft".

I see that the Henry Jackson Society is also linked as a partner. That's not new to me. See my earlier reporting in November on the USA Intelligence Initiative to smear Russians and legitimate bloggers in the states.

Khodorkovsky - The Interpreter - Henry Jackson Society (UK)
Unpacking PropOrNot Misinformation Site (2017)
PropOrNot: Identifying & Combatting Russian Online Propaganda | OUR ALLIES |

I've been pretty much blacklisted since then @BooMan.

You should also reread diary here @EuroTrib in 2008 by  djhabakkuk ...

'Flex players', and the 'forward strategy' ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 25th, 2018 at 06:33:28 PM EST
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I was mostly wondering if it was getting traction in the MSM, because they have the position to demand official answers. So thanks for the links, and in particular the one to Guardian, which also links to the Twitter flow of a Labour MP who with official questions getting the government on record with their official lies.
by fjallstrom on Tue Dec 25th, 2018 at 09:08:11 PM EST
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Further coverage:

Foreign Office denies state funds went to Twitter account criticising Labour | The Guardian - Dec 13, 2018 |
Newly Released 'Integrity Initiative' Papers Include Proposal For Large Disinformation Campaigns | MoA |

The offer claims that the company can launch hundreds of "news" pieces per day on as many websites. It notably also offers to "edit" Wikipedia articles.

In short: This proposal describes large disinformation operations under the disguise of fighting alleged Russian disinformation. It is at the core what the Integrity Initiative, which obviously requested the proposal, is about.

But as we saw in the information revealed yesterday there is more to it. The Initiative, which has lots of 'former' military and intelligence people among its staff, is targeting the political left in Britain as well as in other countries. It is there where it becomes a danger to the democratic societies of Europe.

British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft | Craig Murray |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 25th, 2018 at 06:52:14 PM EST
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UK Gov: Just a Scottish Charity

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Integrity Initiative: Written question - 196177

Q  Asked by Chris Williamson (Derby North) [N]             Asked on: 27 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Integrity Initiative         196177

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has (a) funded, (b) provided contracts to and (c) procured the services of the Integrity Initiative in each financial year since 2015/16.

A  Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan                      Answered on: 03 December 2018

The Institute for Statecraft is an independent, Scottish, charitable body whose work seeks to improve governance and enhance national security. They launched the Integrity Initiative in 2015 to defend democracy against disinformation.

In financial year 2017/18, the FCO funded the Institute for Statecraft's Integrity Initiative £296,500. This financial year, the FCO is funding a further £1,961,000. Both have been funded through grant agreements.

At the Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2017, the Prime Minister announced that the UK Government has committed £100m over five years to tackling this threat internationally.

Such funding furthers our commitment to producing important work to counter disinformation and other malign influence.

ii Integrity Initiative - Defending Democracy Against Misinformation [pdf]

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 25th, 2018 at 07:14:46 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 26th, 2018 at 10:05:46 AM EST
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I imagine that, when it all omes out, it will turn out to be some kid in his pyjamas who managed to fool some agent into forking over a load of dosh for a deniable interference programme.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 26th, 2018 at 08:29:09 PM EST
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