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Truth Will Out

The wall of silence may not be able endure much longer.

Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan ordered an official investigation into the Institute, and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, a target of the Initiative’s critical tweets, seized the issue with some gusto.

In a parliamentary debate December 12, she noted the “Integrity Initiative’s” use of “Twitter” as a tool for disseminating information had “not been a fringe activity”, but “an integral part of its applications for Foreign Office funding over the past two years”, a period in which it had been funded to the tune of £2.2 million by the British state. She went on to say:

“The budget for its agreed objectives of increasing reporting in the media and expanding the impact of its website and “Twitter” account amounted to £275,000 in this financial year.

In the list of key deliverables the Foreign Office promised in 2018, it stated explicitly that one of its instruments of delivery will be ‘600-plus “Twitter” followers, including influential players”.

​She asked further:

  1. “Whether Foreign Office officials were monitoring the Initiative’s “Twitter” output, and if so why they didn’t flag concerns to ministers about the dissemination of personal attacks. If not, why was this misuse of public funds going unchecked?”

2. “Does the funding agreement governing the integrity initiative make clear that its use of funds and its public statements must comply with Cabinet Office rules? “

3. “If the Government intend to renew that funding for the next financial year, what arrangements and agreements will be put in place to ensure that nothing of this sort ever happens again?”

Comment

Duncan, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas reported back to the Commons and said he had “established the facts” concerning the NGO and was “satisfied that our money does not go towards funding any kind of UK domestic activity.” Absolute twaddle!!!!

It is shocking that the disinformation activities of the “Integrity Initiative” have been barely mentioned, much less criticized, by the mainstream media and extremely troubling that after so long, it’s still not clear what the “Institute of Statecraft” actually is or does, and who or what funds and supports it.

With such vast sums flowing from the Treasury straight into its shadowy coffers, British citizens — and those of all countries in the organization’s cluster cross-hairs need to be told.

 

'Yellow Vests' protesters in London

 

 

16 Dec 2018: Old Reliable BBC Gives Support to “Integrity Initiative”

The BBC press service confirmed the authenticity of correspondence between a BBC journalist in London and a fellow correspondent covering the “Yellow Vest” demonstrations in Paris.

The London correspondent was seeking to know if Russia had something to do with the protests in the French capital.

In reply, the BBC correspondent explained that she had not seen any Russians at the protests.

Her colleague in London was not satisfied with the answer and conjectured live on air:

“Well, maybe some Russian businesses are capitalizing quite well on  the protests. Maybe, the protesters are eating cutlets en masse”.

Her colleague in Paris laughed in response.

The BBC journalist  in London further explained that she was “looking for various angles” since the broadcaster was “out for blood.”

Chris Hernon of the BBC is a Senior Fellow of the “Institute”: tasked with (Disinformation, Media & Technology) and is responsible for the digital development of the BBC media monitoring department.
Employed by the BBC his remit should be of interest to Scots since the corporation claims its news and current affairs content is impartial, but not where the UK is perceived to be under threat. A statement applicable to the desire of Scots to gain independence from Westminster.

 

 

Chatham House Involvement and Counter Intelligence

Chatham House is a world-leading policy institute. Its mission:

“To help governments and societies build a sustainability secure, prosperous and just world.”

“A key part of its work is producing high quality, independent commentary from its extensive network of experts”

John Lough and James Sherr, (Fellows of  the “Institute of Statecraft”)  provided an example of its so called expert “independent” analysis.

(https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/james-sherr)

(https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/john-lough)

(https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/skripal-attack-test-uk)

 

 

 

 

The “Institute For Statecraft” and Brexit

It is of concern that there are proposals in place suggesting that Chris Donnelly, the Director of the “Institute for Statecraft” should take charge of the Foreign Office.

The attached report: “The Challenge of Brexit to the UK: Case study – The Foreign and Commonwealth Office” is required reading:

(https://www.pdf-archive.com/2018/12/13/brexit-fco-update-02-02-2018/brexit-fco-update-02-02-2018.pdf)

18 Dec 2018:  Anonymous and the Third Leak – UK-government funded “Integrity Initiative” planned to infiltrate European media.
Required reading:
It’s been over a month since hackers began exposing the Scotland based ‘Integrity Initiative’ as a UK government funded propaganda outfit.
More details of the organization’s clandestine activities have been leaked by a group claiming to be associated with the Anonymous hackers.
Documents have been released in three batches, to date:
Batch 1. Revealed that the “Integrity Initiative” was stealthily operating “clusters” of influencers across Europe working to ensure pro-UK narratives dominated the media.
Batch 2. Showed that the organization was also running disinformation campaigns domestically, (specifically a smear campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.)  All done under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda.”
Batch 3. Exposes the make up and delivery of the overall project to be similar to “Operation Mockingbird”, ( a secretive 1950s project whereby the CIA worked hand-in-glove with willing journalists in major media outlets to ensure certain narratives were adhered to.)
But this time, it’s a UK-funded organization with deep links to the intelligence services and military passing itself off as a non-partisan “charity.”

 

(Https://fdik.org/Integrity_Initiative/UK-cluster.pdf) , List of  Uk members

(https://fdik.org/Integrity_Initiative/)   (List of all  anonymous exposures to date.)(https://www.cyberguerrilla.org/blog/operation-integrity-initiative-british-informational-war-against-all-parts-1-3-combined-docs/

 

22 Dec 2018: Cui Bono? David Leask, Ben Nimmo and the Attack on Ordinary Scottish nationalists

Ben Nimmo works for the Atlantic Council, funded inter alia by NATO.

He is also on a retainer of £2,500 per month from the Integrity Initiative, in addition to payments for individual pieces of work.

For his attack on Scottish Nationalists Nimmo was therefore paid by the Atlantic Council (your taxes through NATO), by the Integrity Initiative (your taxes) and by the Herald (thankfully shortly going bankrupt).

Leask claims to have received nothing but a cheese sandwich from the Integrity Initiative, but has briefed them in detail on Scottish nationalism, attended their seminars, and they have included Leask’s output in their “outcomes” reports to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

I took apart Leask and Nimmo’s horrendous attack at the time, revealing among other things that one of Nimmo’s criteria for spotting a Russian bot or troll was use of the phrase cui bono.

Nimmo’s role as witchfinder-general for Russian Bots appears very remunerative.

His August 2016 invoice to The Institute for Statecraft, apparently the 71st invoice he had issued to various neo-con bodies that year, was for £5,000.

The contribution of David Leask

There is a very important aspect of the detailed minute of David Leask’s briefing for the Integrity Initiative, which CommonSpace cut out of the extracts which they published.

Leask says that the Integrity Initiative are “pushing at an open door” with the SNP leadership and the editors of The National, who he characterises as reliably anti-Russian and pro-NATO:

I am afraid Leask is not wrong. The continual willingness of the SNP leadership to endorse Britnat anti-Russian rhetoric without question is a nagging worry for many nationalists.

Precisely the same department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which funds the Integrity Initiative, funds the Westminster Foundation for Democracy which paid for a joint Britnat/SNP leadership group event at the last SNP Conference, featuring a Ukrainian politician also used by the Integrity Initiative.

Full articles here:

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/12/cui-bono-david-leask-ben-nimmo-and-the-attack-on-ordinary-scottish-nationalists/

 

 

 

23 Dec 2018: Inegrity Initiative is the biggest story of 2018 – but not because of anything it did

Exposing a sinister state-funded underhand influence network is a scoop.
Yet the real conspiracy is the blind eye turned by the Western establishment, which appears fine with subterfuge, as long as it doesn’t come from Russia.

From the start, the unmasking of the smugly Orwellian ‘Integrity Initiative’, progressed like a post-Assange spy thriller.

The first tranche of insider files is uploaded on November 5 to a niche Anonymous server.

There it lays broadly unnoticed for a fortnight among the anarchist tracts and hubristic threats to remake the world from behind a monitor.

But this leak is substantive, and once opened and disseminated – first through Twitter, then Russian media, then other alternative media sources – explosive.

Internal documents talk of creating a “network of networks” to fight “malign” Russian influence.

Applications for funding from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) promise to set up over a dozen undercover “clusters” of “competent, committed and well-connected individuals, ideally with a suitable institute affiliation” from Canada to Germany to Georgia that would be deployed in the service of specific anti-Russian “goals.”

Full story, to date:

https://www.rt.com/news/447256-integrity-initiative-psyops-establishment-media/

 

 

 

Other Relevant links:

https://www.statecraft.org.uk/projects-programmes/integrity-initiative-defending-democracy-against-disinformation

https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/InitIntegrity?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/DerbyChrisW/status/1072508801025232896/video/1

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201811281070209586-integrity-initiative-hybrid-warfare-eu-anonymous-report/

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201812111070593144-uk-foreign-office-hybrid-warfare/

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201812091070532419-uk-skripal-poisoning-case-evidence/

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2018-11-27/196177

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201812131070629482-integrity-initiative-troll-factory/

 

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The “Institute For Statecraft” and “Shared Outcomes Initiatives”  

In a summary of a “private discussion” between Chris Donnelly, the Director of the “Institute for Statecraft” and retired British Army officer Gen. Sir Richard Barron, the British Army’s Twitter and Facebook wing, the 77th Brigade is praised for its “exploitation of social media.”

In a document published on the IfS website, Donnelly also suggested special training programs to instill “moral and ethical values” into children as young as eight-years-old, in what appears to be some kind of 1984 Orwell-style effort to indoctrinate children with a pro-government bias.

 

A number of fully funded and supported charitable organizations are operating within the UK under the umbrella of the above noted organization.

 

Aims and Objectives

  • They are charitable programmes run by the charity “The Institute for Statecraft.”
  • They work with young people from minority communities who live in areas facing economic and social challenge.
  • They offer free activities that develop employability skills, build confidence and provide accredited qualifications.
  • They are funded by The Dulverton Trust, The Ellerman Foundation and The Armed Forces Covenant Fund (under their community integration scheme).
  • Their programmes have strong links with the Army and a range of activities are run by them.

 

 

 

The Initiative Network

  • Activities are delivered to local community groups and schools across the
  • UK.
  • Local community groups and schools reach out to young people within their communities offering the opportunity to participate in the activities of the Institute.
  • Mentors from  community groups and schools accompany young people on their activities.
  • Participants are encouraged to volunteer within and outside their communities widening the scope of the Initiative.

 

 

Participants:

The Indian Muslim Welfare Society

Lotus Life, based in Brent Cross.

Huddersfield Pakistani Community Alliance

The Karimia Institute. Based in Nottingham.

 

Scottish Communities Initiative One of our partner community groups based in Scotland.

 

Scottish Communities Initiative:  Based in Scotland, (primarily Glasgow, where the largest group of immigrants are located)

Not to be confused with:

The Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative funded by the the Scottish Government.

View:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/ScottishCommunitiesInitiative/

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/CS002095

 

 

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13 Dec: 2018:  British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft

Craig Murray published his take on events in his blog:

(https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/12/british-security-service-infiltration-the-integrity-initiative-and-the-institute-for-statecraft/).

Stating:

“Having been told where the “Institute for Statecraft” skulk, I tipped off journalist Kit Klarenberg of Sputnik Radio to go and physically check it out. Kit did so and was aggressively ejected by that well-known Corbyn and Sanders supporter, Simon Bracey-Lane.

It does seem somewhat strange that our left wing hero is deeply embedded in an organization that launches troll attacks on Jeremy Corbyn. I am not alleging Mr Bracey-Lane is an intelligence service operative who previously infiltrated the Labour Party and the Sanders campaign.

He may just be a young man of unusually heterodox and vacillating political opinions. He may be an undercover reporter for the Canary infiltrating the Institute for Statecraft. All these things are possible, and I have no firm information.

But one of the activities the “Integrity Initiative” sponsors happens to be the use of online trolls to ridicule the idea that the British security services ever carry out any kind of infiltration, false flag or agent provocateur operations, despite the fact that there are repeated court judgements against undercover infiltration officers getting female activists pregnant.

The “Integrity Initiative” offers us a glimpse into the very dirty world of surveillance and official disinformation. If we actually had a free media, it would be the biggest story of the day.

As the Establishment feels its grip slipping, as people wake up to the appalling economic exploitation by the few that underlies the very foundations of modern western society, expect the methods used by the security services to become even dirtier.

You can bank on continued ramping up of Russophobia to supply “the enemy”, as both Scottish Independence and Jeremy Corbyn are viewed as real threats by the British Establishment, you can anticipate every possible kind of dirty trick in the next couple of years, with increasing frequency and audacity.”

More Info:

(https://grayzoneproject.com/2018/12/17/inside-the-temple-of-covert-propaganda-the-integrity-initiative-and-the-uks-scandalous-information-war/)

Reader Comments:

“So yes, they are already in our schools and targeting the vulnerable. I agree with educating people, but when the culprits are the ones doing the educating??!

“Why the cloak and dagger? If it were open, transparent, accountable and unbiased I would probably support it but it is clearly none of these things.”

“I saw a picture of them presenting a PowerPoint to a school, where they were teaching children how to pick out the fake news/tweets next to “true” ones. I keep deleting what I want to write next. Lets just say it makes me extremely angry to think what they are doing to our kids.”

“Is Avisa the French version of Institute for Statecraft? I believe titled “combatting-russian-disinformation.pdf” is a proposal from them. In the document they give a list of partners and also “The strategic committee of the group, includes, Lynton Crosby, Boris Johnson and David Cameron’s election strategist, Joe Trippi… it goes on.”
“I read the slideshow and reminds me of the bell Pottinger fiasco. I didn’t realize all those politicians were involved in the company. The first duty of the Government is to protect the public. That is what we are told all the time when yet another war has to be fought or laws passed to curtail our freedoms.”

“The Secret Services are a law unto themselves, with unaccountable budgets. They smear, blackmail, overthrow and kill. All in the name of National Interest. This is a big lie.”

“If the government and its agents were doing their job, we would not be in the mess we are in or the chaos we have inflicted on other countries. Blow Back and bad consequences are the result of their actions. Far from protecting the public all they have done is to make us and the whole world less safe.”

 

 

Recruiting and Organising Project Teams

A leaked briefing note, prepared by Simon Bracey-Lane,  the “Institute for Statecraft” research fellow documents how new “Integrity Initiative” associates were enlisted in the Balkans.

Noteworthy is the  active  courting of persons critical of Russian foreign policy.

There’s no indication Lane has a background in the intelligence services, but his professional resume is nonetheless somewhat puzzling.

He has been in the media spotlight before, in 2016 appearing in several articles tracking Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigning efforts.

For example, in a BuzzFeed piece published in February that year, he is referred to as a “recent university graduate”, who was “inspired” to join the Labour party in September 2015 after Corbyn was elected leader.

At that point he was holidaying in the US, “so he joined the Sanders campaign, and never left.

He said:

“I had two weeks left and some money left, so I thought, f*** it, I’ll make some calls for Bernie Sanders.

I just sort of knew Des Moines was the place, so I turned up at their HQ, started making phone calls, and then became a fully-fledged field organizer,”

 

Simon Bracey-Lane

 

 

In May the next year, evidently having returned to the UK, Lane established Campaign Together, an organization offering training to door-to-door political activists supporting progressive candidates during the 2017 General Election, and facilitated ‘vote swaps’ — a role which would’ve potentially granted him significant insight into the internal workings, strategy and tactics of the election campaigns of several political parties, as well as personal voting intentions.

Once the effort ended, he swiftly moved on to the “Institute for Statecraft”, in October hosting an event for the organization — “Cold War Then and Now” — at which a panel comprised of Ukrainian nationalists, British military staff and NATO officials discussed, among other things, the “threat posed to European values and security” by Russia.

 

 

Read This:

(https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201812131070629482-integrity-initiative-troll-factory/)

It’s extremely curious an avowedly impassioned Corbyn supporter of extremely progressive ideological sympathies became so quickly and intimately involved with an organization that has disseminated anti-Corbyn material, sought to enlist harsh critics of Corbyn to its efforts, and worked to discredit left-leaning political figures abroad.

Requests for clarity on this seeming incongruity submitted to Simon via the “Institute for Statecraft” web form are as yet unanswered.

likewise, neither the Institute nor “Integrity Initiative” have responded to any of many put to them over the past few weeks.

 

 

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10 Dec 2018: “Anonymous”  Exposes UK’s Cyber Warfare Project

On 5 November 2018,  The international hacktivist group “Anonymous” exposed the UK’s “Integrity Initiative” to be an offshoot of the “Institute for Statecraft”.

The “Institute”, backed by the secret service was created by London to meddle in other states’ domestic affairs.  More details here :

http://powerbase.info/index.php/Institute_for_Statecraft

(https://southfront.org/hackers-uncover-more-documents-throwing-light-on-british-propaganda-campaign-against-russia/)

 

 

 

Aims and Aspirations:
The “Institute” employs a wide network of researchers, contributors and associates from government, academia and the corporate world.
The “Institute” appoints “Fellows” for a three-year term and, with their permission their names and the topics of their particular interest are published publicly. See: (https://www.statecraft.org.uk/fellows)

 

 

It’s a Secret

On November 5, international hacking syndicate “Anonymous” published a series of internal files it had appropriated from “Integrity Initiative,” an off-shoot of the “Institute for Statecraft.”

The material was explosive, revealing the organization, which claimed to be concerned with defending democratic institutions from Russian “destabilization campaigns”, to be an international “information war effort” run by British military intelligence specialists, which has disrupted the domestic politics of other countries.

As part of this enterprise, the organization has amassed  “projects” the world over, which comprise lists of politicians, business people, military officials, academics and journalists, who  can be mobilized to influence policy.

Files suggest “projects” to be operational in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Spain and the UK, and there are plans to extend the scheme to every corner of the globe.

Read this: https://sputniknews.com/europe/201811231070070153-uk-special-opshybrid-warfare-eu/

 

 

 

The senior manager of “Integrity Initiative” appears to be Chris Donnelly, a reserve officer in the Army Intelligence Corps who once led the military’s Soviet Studies Research Center at Sandhurst, and was appointed an “Honorary Colonel in Military Intelligence” in 2015, the same year the “Integrity Initiative” was launched.

Between 1989 — 2003, he was also the NATO Secretary General’s Special Adviser for Central and Eastern Europe.

Another senor manager is Dan Lafayeedney, who was previously in the SAS and attached to a regiment running spy cells in Russia.

Read this: https://sputniknews.com/europe/201811261070150548-eu-uk-interference-project/

 

 

The UK “project” team includes Ben Nimmo, a fellow at the “Atlantic Council”, who has repeatedly claimed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is being supported by the Russian state through various means, including a “twisted cyber campaign”, without any supporting evidence whatsoever.

The “Integrity Initiative’s” official “Twitter” account has also posted numerous tweets and links to articles attacking Labour, Corbyn — one post said he was a “useful idiot” in service of the Kremlin — and other prominent party figures.

Documents, published by “Anonymous”, showed that the “Integrity Initiative’s” costs for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2019, were estimated at £1.96 million pounds.

 

 

 

Searching for Answers

Learning anything about the “Institute for Statecraft”, let alone contacting the organization, isn’t easy.

Its minimalist website provides no contact information or address, a webform being the sole means of getting in touch, and likewise offers little clue as to its raison d’etre or services.

A section titled ‘activities’ being entirely comprised of laconic and virtually impenetrable bursts of corporate jargon.

Visitors are told the Institute:

  1. ” Promotes peace and security through the skillful use of state power.”
  2. ” Seeks to grow the capacity for strategic thinking and developing a national competitive advantage.”
  3. ” Combines its experience and capabilities to enable its people to devise and implement solutions to challenges which [it] has been commissioned to address.”
  4. ” Is distinguished from “Think Tanks” in that its research is primarily focused on enabling it to deliver effective projects and programs.”

Read This: Defamation Impossible: Hackers Leak More Details on UK’s Info War in Europe

Moreover, the organization is registered as a charity in Scotland, listing its principal office address as Gateside Mills, in the small Scottish town of Cupar, Fife — the same is true of its Companies House records .

Gateside Mills is a crumbling, derelict building, with no indication the Institute ever operated there.

Providing false information to the “Scottish Charity Regulator” is illegal, and a spokesperson for the body has confirmed an inquiry into the Institute has been launched.

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