"These materials may have been obtained through hacking"
I'm sure all the dirt British intel digs up on Russia and funnels through Bellingcat and subsidiaries (Meduza, etc.) is attained through completely clean & above board means.https://t.co/gDSikXpAUt
— 🇷🇺 ANATꙮLY 🤔 KARLIN (@akarlin88) February 23, 2021
Leaked documents have unequivocally proven that the United Kingdom has been running a large-scale and well-funded program to plaster the Western media with anti-Russian propaganda and Twitter wants you to know that these materials were obtained through hacking.
Meanwhile, just a few weeks ago, the connections between American Big Tech and these sundry programs were formalized with Ben Nimmo joining Facebook “to lead global threat intelligence strategy against influence operations.”
Next week, I’m starting at Facebook, where I’ll be helping to lead global threat intelligence strategy against influence operations.
I’m very excited to join one of the best IO teams in the world to study, catch and get ahead of the known players and emerging threats.
— Ben Nimmo (@benimmo) February 5, 2021
Ben Nimmo is a nonresident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council think-tank, which pays the salaries of pro-NATO journalists and activists and is funded by the US State Department and military contractors like Raytheon & Lockheed Martin.
He heads the Atlantic Council’s DFR Lab to “operationalize the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news”.
He is highly accomplished in the field, having filtered out
Russian bots disgruntled British pensioners on Facebook and Twitter for several years now:
Ben Nimmo, a DFRLab fellow who has built his reputation on flushing out online Kremlin influence networks, embarked on an embarrassing witch hunt this year that saw him misidentify several living, breathing individuals as Russian bots or Kremlin “influence accounts.” Nimmo’s victims included Mariam Susli, a well-known Syrian-Australian social media personality, the famed Ukrainian concert pianist Valentina Lisitsa, and a British pensioner named Ian Shilling.
According to another expose by the Moon of Alabama blog, Nimmo also prominently figures in cluster lists in the UK’s “Integrity Initiative”, an FCO-funded partner project of Bellingcat and the Atlantic Council, under which “journalists”, activists, and social media armchair warriors were compensated for doing tasks like pushing the Russiagate conspiracy theory and launching smear attacks against public figures perceived to have taken insufficiently anti-Russian positions (see right).
Ironic, given DFR Lab own fondness for cluster graphics:
To readers of this blog, perhaps the most relevant tidbit about Ben Nimmo is that he was instrumental in the blanket ban of The Unz Review at Facebook through the “independent assessment” of social media analytics company Graphika, where until his transfer to Facebook he was Head of Investigation and led an “expert team of OSINT investigators in detecting, identifying and analyzing inauthentic behavior and information operations online.”
So Ben, do I understand it right that the story Graphika & Facebook are going with is that they banned UR & VDARE because some anonymous fans of theirs, with no proven connections to them, profusely shared some of their posts across several Facebook pages?
— 🇷🇺 ANATꙮLY 🤔 KARLIN (@akarlin88) May 11, 2020
This deprived Facebook users of the opportunity to read my coronavirus posts, or even share them within private messages. Given my predictive record on Corona, it is not an exaggeration to say that Nimmo has blood on his hands.
But more generally, this is yet another step in the increasingly overt takeover of American Big Tech companies by Western intelligence and security organizations and affiliated structures. Now my position is that the American elites have no obligation to clamp down on Russian information/propaganda (cross out as per appropriate) or even their own citizens who promote it, or at the very least expecting them to is naive and stupid – just as it is naive and stupid to expect consistency on other issues, such as promoting Neo-Nazis in Ukraine while prosecuting Ricky Vaughn for posting pro-Trump memes on Twitter, lauding Ukraine’s shutdown of pro-opposition media and shutting down their own Qanon protests while lambasting analogous Russian actions, etc. Hypocrisy is the name of the game and is an eternal in geopolitical competition.
But it does beg the question of how and why exactly Russia is obligated to tolerate NATO-controlled social networks (read: info gathering/propaganda organizations) unfiltered access to its domestic political discourse – and how long this state of affairs can last.
However, it does once again beg the question of why states that the US is hostile to and *does* want to see overthrown should continue to tolerate Twitter and other American social media being allowed to operate under any capacity and influence their domestic political discourse.
— 🇷🇺 ANATꙮLY 🤔 KARLIN (@akarlin88) January 8, 2021