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Dad’s Army’s cover blown

A formidable and secret UK government-funded anti-Russian StratCom (strategic communication) enterprise, its cover having recently been embarrassingly blown, now presents itself as a bumbling Dad’s Army outfit. But don’t be fooled: this pussycat is a tiger.

Tony Kevin

This published-sources-based story has been around for a few weeks but has so far gone completely unreported in Australian media: which is odd, because it is in my opinion quite an important foreign affairs story for Australia.

A lengthy set of files, made up of downloaded (or hacked) Integrity Initiative and Institute for Statecraft papers, was published online in late November by British contrarian writer Tim Hayward, as a ‘working file in progress’, under the title ‘Briefing note on the Integrity Initiative’, with authors Paul McKeigue, David Miller, Jake Mason, and Piers Robinson (who call themselves the ‘Working Group on Syria Propaganda and Media’). The URL is here.

The authors introduce their set of papers as follows:

A close examination of past and present posts held by individuals associated with the Integrity Initiative indicates that [TK- British] specialists in military intelligence and other senior military personnel with responsibility for StratCom (strategic communication) operations are closely involved in the programme.

The activities of the Integrity Initiative include:

  • setting up covert networks (“clusters”) of journalists, academics and military/foreign service StratCom practitioners in each country including the UK: “The programme has begun to create a critical mass of individuals from across society (think tanks, academia, politics, the media, government and the military) whose work is proving to be mutually reinforcing.”
  • covert manipulation of the public sphere, including campaigns to smear and suppress dissenters and block their appointment to public office. The “silencing of pro-Kremlin voices on Serbian TV” is listed as an “achievement”.
  • overt attacks on British politicians, academics and other critics of UK government policies, most notably on the Leader of the Opposition [TK – Jeremy Corbyn] and his staff.
  • in the Baltic states and Ukraine, working closely with organizations and governments that foment hatred of ethnic Russian minorities and encourage Holocaust revisionism.
  • promotion of a hate campaign against the Russian Orthodox Church in the Balkans.’

In response to these published leaked documents, Chris Donnelly, a senior staffer in the Institute for Statecraft, produced in December a fascinating seven-minute Youtube video, professionally filmed in a cosy kitchen in a house or flat (possibly his own) in London. Here is the URL

I have transcribed Mr Donnelly’s talk and will send this by following email. Here are the sections that were of most interest to me:

We have across Europe ‘networks’ – we call them ‘clusters’ – of people who understand the issue, and have agreed voluntarily to band themselves together in order to tackle the issue in their own country, and to share information between each country, on the problems, on how to tackle them, and on how to improve their own governmental capacity to deal with them. The Integrity Initiative program is really important right at this moment, because the threat from disinformation and malign influence is increasing, whether that comes from Russia, or from jihadist organisations, like Daesh, targeting specific elements of the population in different European countries.

To understand why disinformation is such a big issue nowadays, we have to understand that the whole nature of conflict in the 21st century is changing. Whereas if you think of the 20th century, the main form of combat, of conflict, that we are aware of, was world war. During the current situation, it’s a new kind of warfare, a new kind of conflict, a new kind of competition, in which everything becomes a weapon: information, energy supplies, cyber-attack which everyone is aware of, corruption itself, financial investment – all of these things are now weapons in modern conflict between states, and between states and sub-state actors like Daesh. And disinformation is the issue which unites all the other weapons of this conflict and which gives them a third dimension.

Over the last month or so, we have had a serious problem. We have been hacked, attacked, by organisations which have exposed a lot of our emails and papers onto the Web. And we have been wondering of course why this is, and the answer seems to me to be clear. It is because we have been being so effective with our Integrity Initiative program, exposing disinformation, so we have become a threat to someone’s operation against democracy, and they are trying to take us down. And we have simply not got to let that happen. We have got to fight back. We have to win this one, because if we don’t, democracy will be undermined. And we can win this by upping our game, by strengthening our efforts, by getting more support, to tackle the problem in all those countries of Europe where disinformation is a growing threat to democracy. This is not a problem that’s going to go away. This is an issue which is going to become more and more important, more and more of a threat, as the 21st century moves on, and it’s for that reason that we have to develop what we are doing, we have to grow it, we have to educate people to understand it, to understand the significance of disinformation and of the attack on our democratic institutions, the efforts to undermine our very concept of democracy, to undermine the very understanding of truth, to undermine our values. Only if we can educate people in this, only if we can expose the attacks on us, can we enable our societies, our democracies, to fight back, to defend themselves, and to prevail.

As NATO Honorary Colonel Donnelly, a retired senior intelligence officer, bumbles around in his little kitchen, a modest wine rack on the wall behind him, he offers to viewers a mild, cuddly George Smiley sort of image. But the fierce glint in his eye and the passion of his words I have selected above shows he is anything but mild. He is a dedicated ideological crusader with a keen professional expertise in strategic communication tradecraft (Stratcom). The Institute’s and the Initiative’s cover having been blown, it is the best possible defence to try to de-fang them: to make them look as familiar and unthreatening as possible, a sort of quaint Dad’s Army operation. But it would be a mistake to underestimate their dedication, expertise or influence, as a reading of the contents of the ‘Briefing Note on the Integrity Initiative’ will show. This is a big story.

The authors of the ‘Briefing Note’ estimate an overt 2018/19 budget of about £2.6 million, of which £1.96 million comes from the UK Foreign Office and the rest from other NATO government agencies and commercial donors like Facebook. Most of the Foreign Office funding comes from the Conflict Security and Stability Fund’s ‘Russian Language Programme’, now merged with a secret ‘Counter Disinformation and Media Programme’. Office space in central London (undeclared) and most of the staff salaries appear to be provided as covert benefits in kind. I would estimate these separately budgeted items to be worth an additional £2 million, making a total 2018/19 annual budget in the vicinity of £4 to £5 million.

The key point which makes this newsworthy – or it should, if we still had serious investigative journalism in Australia – is that we now know that there is a concerted international effort by large numbers of experienced former British StratCom intelligence professionals, and their many and diverse contacts in the Foreign Office and in British media and abroad, that is putting out a steadily directed and prioritised flow of anti-Russian disinformation. All the time. And they do it well, as we have seen on the Skripals, on Ukraine, and on Syria. These men and women are professionals in the manipulation of disinformation online, using networks and clusters of key people strategically to drive desired discussion themes in major public fora, in mainstream media, and even in online comment sites. It is no accident that various Anglosphere disinformation offensives sometimes look disciplined and centrally guided. Because they are.

Chris Donnelly may think of these activities as countering Russian disinformation: to me, they are simply in themselves expert disinformation practice. We need to know this as we read Anglosphere foreign affairs published content or listen to talks. We need to ask ourselves critical questions like: Where is this originating? With what objectives?

I think this is all disturbing and newsworthy, but I have yet to persuade anybody in Australian media that it is.

Tony Kevin, a former Australian senior diplomat, is an independent non-fiction author. His most recent book is ‘Return to Moscow’, a literary travel memoir published by UWA Publishing in 2017.

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Wolfe tone

These these so called ‘leaks’ or ‘hacks’ shouldn’t deflect from the fact that the skripal case was a hoax, a fraud and a psyop.

mark
mark

With Gavin Williamson in charge and Luke Harding doing his stuff, what could possibly go wrong?

Jo
Jo

http://freesuriyah.eu/?p=2825

Vanessa Beeley…similar report…the more the merrier…..

tutisicecream

These wolves in sheep clothing have not realised that the British Empire collapsed in the early part of the last century.
Russia has troll farms where NATO has strategic communication centres.
This kind of faux intelligence is just a cover for supplementing their pension plans.

ZigZagWanderer
ZigZagWanderer

Chris Donnelly has done a fine job of warming up my laughing gear. I implore you to take a look at this side splitting expose of russophobic clusters by Glenn Greenwald. https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/nbc-and-msnbc-blamed-russia-for-using-sophisticated-microwaves-to-cause-brain-injuries-in-u-s-diplomats-in-cuba-the-culprits-were-likely-crickets/?comments=1#comments

Peter Schmidt
Peter Schmidt

The Guardian has produced an article about Integrity Initiative. It was so poorly written that they had to close the comment section after 138 comments. People do know a lot more than the Guardian thinks.

John A
John A

I posted a very inoccuous comment to the effect that the writer had stated as bald fact that the MH17 was shot down by Russian rebels even though this was far from proven.
Naturally this was deleted by the moderators.

Interestingly Viner has popped up again begging for financial contributions from readers, while still not answering any questions about the Gruaniad/Harding ‘scoop’ that Manafort had met Assange at the Ecuator embassy several times.

Paolo
Paolo

4 minutes 10. Donnelly logs on to CIF to police and manage another wave of anti Russian astroturfing. What a cuddly old turd. Busted (as they say).

bob
bob

why is posting on this site so difficult?

uk column has been given no credit for exposing this matter in mid-Decembe 2018

here’s a link:

https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/integrity-initiative-follow-money

ron
ron

UK Column broke this information in mid december and have never been given any credit for it!

here’s a link:

https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/integrity-initiative-follow-money

Jim'll Fix It
Jim'll Fix It

I don’t care what anybody says, I think these are very competent fellows. I like their sophisticated use of language. Like clusters instead of networks. In their after-action reports cluster fuck is going to be much catchier than network fuck.

Loverat
Loverat

Interesting. I guess in a way it’s a bit like the structure of ISIS. A cluster in Syria, another in Iraq, and here and there..

Please remind me, which governments guilty of treason created ISIS?

And which governments fund Al Qaeda – the group that allegedly were behind 9/11?

And which government funds the far more dangerous traitors working for Integrity Initiative?

Yes, if any of you are reading here you are traitors and a danger to humanity. Have the guts to admit you were wrong to be taken in by this project. Your work is killing people and may kill us all.

Jo
Jo

Labour Mp Chris Williamson on rt.com underground today on the chase of this…..

Haltonbrat
Haltonbrat

Chris Williamson is useless. He signed a petition on behalf of Gilad Atzmon but then backed out when he came under pressure, saying that he did not realise that Gilad was an anti-semite. In other words he is gutless.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher

This needs to be seen in the context of the current investigation into “Russian interference” in US elections and revelations about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the like. Put simply, “They’re all at it” and the “they” isn’t necessarily a state actor, it could be a private individual, corporations, think tanks, basically anyone with sufficient money and an agenda they wish to push. The location for these service organizations is significant, you’re looking for somewhere which is accessible but still somewhat out of the way and the name of the organization doing the work needs to be something that’s not memorable since the organization will essentially be a ‘pop up’ — it will appear, get rumbled, and then disappear only to reappear reconstituted under a different, also instantly forgettable, name.

The unforgivable part of all this is the role of journalists. Journalists are supposed to be the people who unmask this sort of thing but with exceptions (like the Daily Record team that first broke this story) they seem to be only interested in feeding off the spiel that’s supplied to them, spinning fantasies of punditry rather than bothering with finding and breaking hard news. Its small wonder that organizations like the BBC have lost their credibility in recent years.

Antonym
Antonym

Don’t insult my favourite old serial, Dad’s Army. They were quite transparent in their clumsiness and age was/is a good reason apart from lack of experience.
Integrity Initiative, Religion of Peace etc.: word inflation has gotten massive. It targets as usual people who only read headlines and don’t delve deeper.

Frankly Speaking
Frankly Speaking

I’ve tried to hope otherwise for the past few years, but it’s even more starkly clear now, NATO is either preparing to trigger a full war against Russia, or they are so utterly delusional that they’ll inadvertently and surely trigger one anyway.

The anti war leftists who we need so desperately to protest on the streets against this utter madness and camp outside our nuclear bases are instead diverted and preoccupied by identity politics, Brexit, defending Corbyn against scurrilous accusations of Antisemitism and other distractions and projects cooked up by the warmongering, out of control Deep State.

It’s truly time to start praying and hoping ffor divine or alien intervention.

Frankly Speaking
Frankly Speaking

We shouldn’t dismiss this event out of hand:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=jFrFoCY6kxI

John

Cointelpro to make us look bad or you’re genuine it’s hard to tell

Frankly Speaking
Frankly Speaking

???
Don’t accuse me of such a thing, now go wash your mouth out.
Or you are yourself one of those trying to discredit people on here?

flamingosarepink
flamingosarepink

On the contrary Frankly Speaking the left is not distracted bu identity politics or Brexit or blah, blah, blah. Some people are distracted and to lump those people as ‘leftists’ is just baloney. This is what the disinfo traitors at Institute for Statecraft do, they conflate things and create bogeymen and distractions. The leftists I yarn with are abundantly aware of the enormity of this situation and the continuation of the permanent state and its buffoon distracters.

But to cut to the chase on this imbecile Chris Donnelly: He and his organisation used Government funding to attack the opposition party and its leader. SEDITION! Do you see that Frankly Speaking. They will stop at nothing. Sedition is a serious offense in most democratic law systems and I trust the UK Labor Party and other leftists will prosecute. Ditto in Australia, has anyone in the various political parties in Australia moved to circumscribe this entity and its affiliates and any journalist or UK embassy staff from Australia? Has Getup said anything yet? or are they too busy with coal miners and migrant incarceration to see that there are cockroaches in the pantry.

Might be a good idea to start writing and facebooking and so on to get these criminals and their minions eradicated.

Frankly Speaking
Frankly Speaking

Erm, I’m a leftist myself. I’m saying that far too many of us are getting distracted by these other things, and some of these things are planted in order to distract us. Their distraction is against the goosestepping towards another World War, the hope we don’t notice, and they are right, the vast majority of people are not noticing, due to all these distractions.

Frankly Speaking
Frankly Speaking

When I say leftist I mean traditional, old fashioned Labour voter, born and bred working class and in a Yorkshire “dark satanic” mill town.

binra

Yin’s with hidden Yang and Yang’s with hidden Yin
defined each from the other’s sin,
Agreed to have a quarrel.
But hide the agreement
by quarrelling.

Is distraction in fact
something we give hidden permission for?
and then claim the telly made me watch it?

Is the denial of a voice by power
the power by which we choose not to speak
as the framing of our thought and belief?

Exponentially rising distractions
don’t speak to me of the power to ‘control reality’
but of a stark insanity.
whose primary trick is to attack themself
but flag it to an ‘other’
believing to have got away with it.
Become more upon the other’s loss.

But ‘something else’
has in got away with them.

Feeling alright
Feels good
unless someone is left out.
Then it isn’t really all right
But a right taken
wrongly.

Imagine a 3 legged race
where a leftie and a rightie
share a leg in common.
Can we?

binra

The prayer for the alien intervention was in fact answered.
In belief and experience if not in Fact.
But insofar as a divine recognition can stir within the subjecting mind
is surely the natural result of ceasing to give allegiance
to an alien intervention.
Let fear be the stranger here
and know yourself anew.

Perhaps it serves to accept there is ‘nowhere else to think’ or nothing that manufactured thinking can lead to but more of the same.
You are the divine intervention – or rather the gift that restores you to yourself in exchange for a nightmare. But this cant make any sense in the frame of the nightmare – excepting a stirring within from which you look an what you thought you were.

Haltonbrat
Haltonbrat

It’s important to defend Corbyn. The Integrity Initiative are involved in smearing Corbyn. Israel want rid of Corbyn. Last thing Israel wants is a leader whom they cannot control and who supports justice for the Palestinians. If we are not careful Corbyn will go for an early bath.

Jo
Jo

https://www.rt.com/news/448325-integrity-initiative-shut-down-leaks/

Prof Paul Miller in Bristol has been studying the hacks and consequences.

Patrick Armstrong

I say the poor man has had his brains scrambled by listening to too many of Putin’s crickets.

Loverat
Loverat

As others have commented, Donnelly is quite literally a threat to us all. He is playing games with our lives and his children and grand-children – if he has any. He is a coward.

He and others connected to this evil organisation need to urgently change their behaviour. If they don’t they and others will quite likely be responsible for the wipeout of much of the human race. Any fool looking at this from outside can see the grave risks. It’s almost as if they want nuclear war.

You have a maniac in Bolton in power in the US, the UK filled with similar people and widespread ignorance, and lunatic leaders in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey. That with all the anti- Russian propaganda promoteed by Oliver Kamm, Luke Harding, Nimmo, Lucas, York, Higgins and the other brain-dead morons and criminals.

Syria still likely to be spark which kicks it all off.

We need more whistle-blowers and the above people and any decent minded journalists (if there are any) to be persuaded to put the future of humanity over their career and wage packet.

One consolation in the worst scenario is that these people probably won’t have time to spend the proceeds of their selfish deceit given the acceleration towards all out war.. Plus I suspect for all the god fearing platitudes, as with McCann and past American criminals , they willl end up at the gates of hell.

Jo
Jo

These insidious groups referred to…their connections…hiding under such scurrulous names that deliberately falsely suggest a genuine authority of moral purpose….must be even more exposed( articles in other websites too all worth checking out to the full extent eg Sputniknews

https://sputniknews.com/search/?query=integrity+initiative
)…..because they were compiling lists of persons- a link that said one could check on it did not work yesterday anyone out there can find it???…media etc just like the Ukrainians had published they had claimed were subversives so these could be neutralised…plus the propornot lists.. such a coincidence in last few weeks I had recorded phone calls saying from BT saying they were suspending my internet due to suspicious activity…
…it all sounds like a secret cabal with hidden militaristic objectives considering their connections eg Atlantic Council…UK Security Council …it feels like military intelligence. Uk police in the handling of Skripal case GCHQ have been infiltrated , and feels like these kinds of people have been deliberately winding up Gavin Williamsons elastic band and actually he is being promoted as a civic public face future leader on their behalf eg him saying UK will build up its military status again with foreign bases emulating the USA …the UK foreign plicy and nato policy is being driven by such peoples as Bill Browder one of the lead names in a cluster list and friends with their deliberate intentio to provoke and denigrate Russia by any means possible despite their claims they only want dialogue….are there influences over the EU with their actions against Russia in the Council of Europe and in the EU dept or facility set up so promulgate their truths against so called Russian propaganda….good that the Austrians and Italians seem to have some intelligence in actually working out what is going on and are engaging in meetings with Russia.

These groups are a direct threat to democracy what is left of it….they have subversive agendas that are only just beginning to be revealed to us…even maybe writing mission statements and protocols and instructions for even more subversive groups than white helmets with taxpayers monies to carry out their agendas along side the David Steeles and Pablo Millers and Skripal with his trips to Estonia…Spain….
thank goodness for the hacking by anonymous. And what a sign of rhe times that we have to rely on such groups as these and cyberberkyt for the revealing of the truths in our corrupt political societial system.

Jo
Jo

Eg such stuff as this they are behind surely…”The Daily Telegraph reported, citing unnamed sources from the UK government, that the Skripals were supposedly living in the south of the United Kingdom and undergoing medical treatment supervised by a narrow circle of experts. According to the newspaper, the UK authorities had established all the details of the Skripal case.” Etc https://sputniknews.com/world/201901081071306401-skripal-life-fake/

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201901081071285928-skripal-case-investigation/

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201901061071260928-integrity-initiative-russophobia/

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201901051071236221-uk-anonymous-eu-disinformation/

Etc etc

http://syriapropagandamedia.org/working-papers/briefing-note-on-the-integrity-initiative

Essential reference.

John

The daily telegraph got that info because it is the paper of MI6 and MI5