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