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:
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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,”
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.
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.