Moon of Alabama: ‘Integrity Initiative’ – New Documents From Shady NGO Released

The dubious nonprofit says on their webpage "We are a network of people and organizations from across Europe dedicated to revealing and combating propaganda and disinformation. Our broader aim is also to educate on how to spot disinformation and verify sources. This kind of work attracts the extremely hostile and aggressive attention of disinformation actors, like the Kremlin and its various proxies, so we hope you understand that our members mostly prefer to remain anonymous." Riiight...

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The following was originally published on the Moon of Alabama blog. While we have moments of disagreement with MoA on certain issues, this is some very good reporting on coordinated British jingoism that is rattling sabers towards Moscow. In the past two years, it has been undeniable that Western liberals have been adamant hyper-militarists with clear antagonism towards the Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. We aren’t big fans of Putin by default but we also are against jingoism of any kind.

The British Government runs an anti-Russian smear campaign through the pseudo non-government-organization Integrity Initiative. Some person, operating under the ‘Anonymous’ label, obtained internal papers of the Initiative and publishes those in several batches. Moon of Alabama was one of the first sites that analyzed the released papers.

Our last piece on the Initiative concluded:

After reading through all the released Initiative papers and lists one gets the impression of a secret military intelligence operation, disguised as a public NGO. Financed by millions of government money the Institute for Statecraft and the Integrity Initiative work under a charity label to create and disseminate disinformation to the global public and back into the government and military itself.

Today the Anonymous account released a new batch of some 50 internal Integrity Initiative documents at the Cyber Guerrilla website.

With the new release Anonymous lays out a timeline that connects the Skripal affair in Britain with the activities and personal of the Integrity Initiative. Our last piece had already drawn the Skripal connection to the Initiative, but some of the new documents add to the trail.

The trail starts with a document (pdf), written in January 2015(!), that lays out a plan and options for sanctioning Russia.

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We have since seen that several of these planned sanctions have been realized after this or that curious event, like the alleged use of doping by Russian athletes and during the Skripal affair.

It will take some time to analyze the newly released papers and to draw conclusions. If you opt to read them yourself please leave notes on them in the comments.

Previously published:

Tim Hayward provides a complete list (scroll down) of all articles written so far here and elsewhere about the Integrity Initiative.

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