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UK Disinformation and Propaganda The Consortium

The leaked materials show the Thomson Reuters Foundation and BBC Media Action participating in a covert information warfare campaign aimed at countering Russia. Working through a shadowy department within the UK FCO known as the Counter Disinformation & Media Development (CDMD), the media organizations operated alongside a collection of intelligence contractors in a secret entity known simply as "the Consortium."

Through training programs of Russian journalists overseen by Reuters, the British Foreign Office sought to produce an "attitudinal change in the participants," promoting a "positive impact" on their "perception of the UK."

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 31st, 2022 at 05:12:12 PM EST
Anti-Russia war propaganda is 'Made in Britain' | Australian Citizens Party |

Russophobic Anglo-American propaganda is nothing new, and indeed has been almost continuous ever since the USA and UK declared "Cold War" on the Soviet Union in 1946. After something of a lull following the Soviet Union's collapse, the clamour over the alleged Russian threat to the "West" began to grow once again, commensurate with President Vladimir Putin's success in reversing--albeit incompletely--Russia's disastrous collapse of the 1990s, since he began his first term as President in 2000.

Around the same time that the USA escalated against Russia in Ukraine by mobilising its proxy army of fanatically anti-Russian nationalist and neo-Nazi militias, the core factions of which had been in Anglo-American employ ever since the end of World War II, for the November2013-February 2014 "revolution" against Ukraine's elected President Viktor Yanukovych, Britain was busy expanding and modernising its propaganda apparatus for the digital age. These efforts culminated in the establishment in early 2015 of two new info-war outfits: the 77th Brigade, an official regular and Army Reserve unit specialising in cyber warfare; and the "Integrity Initiative" of the Institute for Statecraft (IfS), an ostensibly independent not-for-profit project that was covertly funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and headed by a military intelligence colonel.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 31st, 2022 at 05:13:44 PM EST
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Wow! I never knew Australia had a Larouchist party. Far away and far behind the times...

While the USA has played an obvious, up-front role in the political and military machinations that made war inevitable, the UK government has spent most of the last decade laying the groundwork for an all-out "informational war" against Russia, by constructing a pervasive propaganda apparatus, active globally but with a special focus on Ukraine and eastern Europe, in collaboration with Britain's largest media organisations

... some of which are owned by Russian oligarchs... others slavishly follow the Conservative party, which has been funded by Russian oligarchs for decades...

It's a question of optics. These elderly conspiracy nuts imagine that Britain and its press are hugely influential.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jun 1st, 2022 at 08:25:05 AM EST
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