Anonymous has revealed that a UK funded anti Russian disinformation spreading psyop has been operating
from "clusters" it has established all over the EU and elsewhere.
These "clusters" consist of Academics, politicians, journalists and other opinion influencers, all systematically working to present a jaundiced view of Russia through media outlets, academic works, and internet based social media, very likely with the intent to ultimately translate all this activity into political policies that isolate Russia preventing any kind of serious detente and co-operation with the European Union.
Operation ‘Integrity Initiative’. British informational war against all
Integrity Initiative Handbook.
Integrity Initiative Guide to Countering Russian Disinformation May 2018.
USA and Canada Cluster.
FCO application form 2017-18.
FCO application form 2018v2. FCO Application Form 2018 v2 | Russia | International Politics
FCO proposal Integrity budget 2017-18. FCO Proposal Integrity Budget 2017-18
Integrity 2018 Activity Budget v3. Integrity 2018 Activity Budget v3 | Digital & Social Media | Social Media
Top 3 deliverables (for FCO). Top 3 Deliverables (for FCO) | National Security | Politics
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 America.
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.
The Atlantic council link is rather interesting, considering it's recent role censoring facebook posts as "fake news"
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.
Bellingcat is also no stranger to those participating in anti russian threads on the internet.
It's all tied together here at Moon of Alabama, Well worth a read!
MoA - British Government Runs Secret Anti-Russian Smear Campaigns
So basically, the UK has set up an organisation to manipulate public opinion all across Europe and elsewhere against Russia because, without evidence,
it claims Russia is evil because it is trying to manipulate public opinion across Europe and elsewhere.
Now here clear as day is the hard evidence that the UK is deliberately doing exactly what it claims Russia has been doing
while any actual evidence for Russia doing so is still non existent despite numerous fruitless investigations.
You couldn't make it up!
As one commenter on that Moon of Alabama article stated:
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!'