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A viral dossier about Hunter Biden was written by "Martin Aspen," a fake identity whose profile picture was created by artificial intelligence.
(TyphoonInvesti1 / via Twitter)

Elise Thomas, a researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, first spotted telltale signs of a fake photo when she went searching for Typhoon Investigations' Aspen on the web. Thomas found a Twitter account for Aspen named @TyphoonInvesti1, which had posted a link to Typhoon's WordPress page that contained the document on Aug. 15.

The profile picture for Aspen immediately showed signs of being a computer-generated image that can be created by computers and even some websites. Aspen's ears were asymmetrical, for one, but his left eye is what gave away that he did not really exist. Aspen's left iris juts out and appears to form a second pupil, a somewhat frequent error with computer-generated faces.

Other parts of Aspen's identity were clearly stolen from disparate parts of the web. Aspen's Facebook page was created in August, and it featured only two pictures, both from his "new house," which were tracked back to reviews on the travel website Tripadvisor. The logo for Typhoon Investigations was lifted from the Taiwan Fact-Checking Center, a digital literacy nonprofit.

by Oui on Fri Oct 30th, 2020 at 01:47:14 AM EST
What is your take on the Greenwald departure from The Intercept on Joe and Hunter Biden topic ?

Now what ?
by pi (etrib@opsec.eu) on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 12:54:26 PM EST
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Greenwald's piece is well worth reading in its entirety. The content of Hunter Biden's e-mails has now been confirmed by various people, including one of his business associates. In other circumstances, people simply refuse to deny the content.

This is no longer an unconfirmed story like the so called Steele Dossier. The account of how these e-mails were obtained is very doubtful, it is possible Russian intelligence was indeed involved. But that does not erase the role Obama's administration had in the coup in Ukraine, and the involvement of various personalities in the politics and economics of the country in the aftermath.

If the Trump menace ever goes way, Burisma is certain to come back to haunt Biden. After 2016, the Democratic party should have learnt its lesson and cut off with these "establishment" figures. But here we are.

Final thought: would you trust entities like NBC or Facebook over Greenwald?  

luis_de_sousa@mastodon.social

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 04:31:31 PM EST
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Hmmm.
https:/www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/how-fake-persona-laid-groundwork-hunter-biden-conspiracy-delug e-n1245387?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

And then there is this:
https:
thispersondoesnotexist.com

The smell of Russian disinformation campaigns are all over this. And the best disinformation has a grain of truth to it.

by Averett on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 04:51:09 PM EST
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NBC and the CIA do not like Greenwald. What else is new?

luis_de_sousa@mastodon.social
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 06:56:59 PM EST
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Have no particular view on the Hunter Biden sideshow ... Giuliani and fake report created by AI.

Been mostly a fan of Glenn Greenwald from the period he was @TheGuardian.

Today I leave the analysis to Moon of Alabama

Written about Omidyar funding the Maiden Revolt in pursuit of regime change.

by Oui on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 04:55:19 PM EST
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There is another view on the Biden story in the The Atlantic written by Anne Applebaum.

Now what ?
by pi (etrib@opsec.eu) on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 10:29:56 AM EST
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I do have an opinion of Anne Sikorski ... a missed opportunity to become Poland's FLOPL 🤣

Diaries about Anne Applebaum

I pass on any article of hers ... she has written for UK/AU's Legatum Institute in London.

Self-search of her fault lines:
"Anne Applebaum: how my old friends paved the way for Trump and Brexit"

by Oui on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 11:05:12 AM EST
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FLOPL - first lady of Poland? She appears to have resigned from Legatum when it went Brexity

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 12:10:26 PM EST
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Her split from Legatum in link under "old friends" ... 😊

Radoslaw Sikorski and Anne Applebaum are booted out of Poland (2010)

FLOPL: Ask me about, say, the energy policies of the European Union or the significance of the Ukrainian election and I can talk all day.  But ask me "why I fell in love with my husband" and I am utterly tongue-tied.  What is the correct answer? Isn't the truth--"I don't remember, really, it's all rather a blur".

Sikorski has a history as journalist and probably tasked with intelligence operations for the CIA in Afghanistan and British in Angola. Got British citizenship as reward ...

by Oui on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 02:01:46 PM EST
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