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Group.png Integrity Initiative
(Orwellian language‎, Deep state milieu, Third rail topic‎Facebook WebsiteRdf-icon.png
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AbbreviationII
MottoDefending Democracy Against Disinformation
Formation2015
Founder• Chris Donnelly
• Institute for Statecraft
• Free University of Brussels
Parent organizationInstitute for Statecraft
Interests“Russian propaganda”, Russian cyberwarfare, Cold War 2.0
Interest ofMax Blumenthal, Kit Klarenberg, Mike Robinson, Johanna Ross, Softpanorama, Chris Williamson, Working Group on Syria Propaganda and Media
SubpageIntegrity Initiative/Cluster
Integrity Initiative/Control
Integrity Initiative/Director
Integrity Initiative/Leak
Integrity Initiative/Projection
Integrity Initiative/Purposes
Integrity Initiative/Secrecy
Membership• Andy Pryce
• Lukas Andriukaitis
• Anne Bader
• Anna Bosch
• Simon Bracey-Lane
• Ben Bradshaw
• Quique Badia-Masoni
• Stephen Dalziel
• Yusuf Desai
• Chris Donnelly
• Alex Finnen
• Nigel Gould-Davies
• Maria de Goeij
• Euan Grant
• Jack Hagley
• Chris Hernon
• Dan Kaszeta
• Kseniya Kirillova
• Borja Lasheras
• Todd Leventhal
• Victor Madeira
• Jelena Milic
• Mira Milosevich
• Johanna Moehring
• Alina Mosendz
• Nico de Pedro
• Gonzalez Ponz
• Tim Reilly
• Chris Robinson
• Greg Rowett
• James Sherr
• Charles Simon
• Jacky Sloane
• Nacho Torreblanco
• James Wilson
• Andrew Wood
"An extremely shady covert disinformation and anti-democratic deep state outfit" that was caught promoting Russophobic propaganda and later deleted its website.

The Integrity Initiative (II) is an organ of the UK Deep state, controlled through the Institute for Statecraft. It was exposed by 7 sets of leaked documents, in 2018-19. Craig Murray blogged that it 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. [1] Lucy Morgan Edwards summarised it in January 2019 as "an extremely shady covert disinformation and anti-democratic deep state outfit".[2] On 22 January 2019 it claimed that some of the data leaked had been falsified (but did not specify which), briefly locked its Twitter feed and deleted the entire content of its website.[3]  

Sub-Pages

          Page Name          SizeDescription
Integrity Initiative/Cluster6,225
Integrity Initiative/Control1,587
Integrity Initiative/Director109
Integrity Initiative/Leak6,351A series of 7 leaks, starting on 5 November 2018, of unknown origin and veracity. After some time, the II disputed the authenticity of some of the documents, but was not clear about which.
Integrity Initiative/Projection5,041
Integrity Initiative/Purposes19,355
Integrity Initiative/Secrecy9,576

Official narrative

The II was set up in Autumn 2015 by the Institute for Statecraft and the Free University of Brussels.[4] In response to an urgent parliamentary question from Emily Thornberry, Alan Duncan stated that "the Institute for Statecraft is an independent UK-based charity whose work seeks to improve governance and enhance national security. It runs a project called the integrity initiative, which is working to counter disinformation overseas by bringing together groups of experts to analyse and discuss the problem posed by Russian disinformation."[5]

Funding

The funding for 2018-9 is listed in one of the leaked documents[Which?] as follows:

  • NATO HQ Public Diplomacy, £12,000 for each inaugural workshop = £168,000
  • Partner institutions £5,000 for each inaugural workshop = £70,000
  • NATO HQ for educational video films – free provision of camera team
  • Lithuanian MOD to provide free all costs for their stratcom team for a monthly trip to support a new hub/cluster creation and to educate cluster leaders and key people in Vilnius in infowar techniques = £20,000
  • US State Dept, £250,000 for research and dissemination activities (excluding any activity in USA)
  • Smith Richardson Foundation, £45,000 for cluster activities in Europe and USA
  • Facebook, £100,000 for research and education activities
  • German business community, £25,000 for research and dissemination in EU countries[6]

The Leak

Full article: Rated 3.5/5 Integrity Initiative/Leak
Integrity Initiative Leaks.jpg

In late 2018 and early 2019, Anonymous published 7 tranches of documents at CyberGuerilla which gave names of people who worked for the group and some details of its work.[7][4]

Summary of a day's activities in the Moncloa Campaign's use of Twitter to promote Russophobia

Staff

Chris Donnelly deep state operative.jpg

The founder of the II, Chris Donnelly, a former adviser to figures including Margaret Thatcher and four secretaries general of NATO, appears to be a UK deep state operative.[8]

Some group members have clear connections to other organs of the UK Deep state, such as Chatham House, other(s) have been UK ambassadors[9]. The group also includes some youngsters with no such clear connections but who have unusual career trajectories.[10] Seceral have language skills, particularly Russian.[11]

Activities

The Integrity Initiative's bid for 2017/18 MoD funding included multiple performance indicators about the purported Russian threat, as well as a "Tougher stance in government policy towards Russia".[12]

Leaked documents include contingency plans involving "triggering timely responses from governments" -- unexpected activity since UK charities are mandated to be apolitical.

Russophobia

Full article: Russophobia

In 2018, Integrity Initiative staff members gave dozens of presentations and media interviews on "Russian disinformation and malign influence".[13]

Skripal affair

Full article: Skripal affair

The Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft showed great interest in the Skripal affair,[14] although none of the documents include any reference to attempting to discover who was responsible. Instead, attention was focused on public perceptions of culpability and especially how social media was influential in determining them.

Project Iris

Full article: Project Iris

On 15th March 2018 an unidentified party send a proposal to Greg Rowett "to study social media activity in respect of the events that took place, how news spread and evaluate how the incident is being perceived in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Russia." The cost of this report, carried out by Harod Associates, was put at £7,500 - £10,000 +VAT, plus a second phase of regular monitoring of £200/day.[12]

Purposes

Full article: Integrity Initiative/Purposes
Cold War Then and Now.jpg

One of the main purposes of the II appears to be to try to promote Russophobia. One tactic is the use of coordinated disinformation campaigns online to prevent the appointment of perceived "pro-Kremlin" voices, (such as the Monocloa Campaign, which blocked the appointment of Pedro Baños as Director of the Spanish Department of Homeland Security). Another is the researching of how to carry out effective misinformation campaigns online. A third is the organising of public events such as Cold War Then and Now?

Skripal Affair

Full article: Skripal Affair

The group was extremely interested in the public response to the Skripal Affair, about which the UK government issued a D-Notice to control what the commercially-controlled media reported. The name of Pablo Miller, Sergei Skripal's handler, appears in one of the leaked II documents. The II website have various articles promoting the official narrative of the Skripal affair.

On 20 July 2018 Dan Kaszeta published an article entitled Demolishing the Kremlin’s absurd theories about Novichok and Porton Down which concluded that "The proximity argument is absurd. The simple fact is that a nation like the UK needs a place like Porton Down to do valuable work to protect not just the nation’s armed forces but also to protect all of us who live here. Alleging leaks and plots does not do any good for anyone. In the absence of any evidence, these stories and theories are absurd."[15]

Urban Skripals.jpg

On 21 December 2018 Dan Kaszeta "heartily recommend[ed]" The Skripal Files by Mark Urban and termed it "the best starting point available at the moment" on the Skripal Affair.[16]

Exposure

The II was exposed by a leak on 5 November 2018. Independent media sources have picked up the news about the Integrity Initiative, but UK corporate media has said very little about it.

Parliamentary question

On 4 December 2018 Labour MP Chris Williamson tabled a parliamentary question, asking whether Integrity Initiative - a "so-called think-tank dealing in disinformation" - had received UK government funding. The response was affirmative and he called for an parliamentary inquiry.[17]

Reporting

RT[18], Sputnik,[19][20] MintPress News[21] and 21st Century Wire[22] have reported on the Integrity Initiative, and Craig Murray has personally investigated.[23]

Cover up

Integrity Initiative cover up tweet of 22 January 2019.png

[24]

Corporate media

Commercially-controlled media in the UK has not reported much about the Integrity Initiative. Exceptions include The Mirror, which published an article on 9 December entitled Labour attack government-funded body for sharing articles critical of Jeremy Corbyn.[25] Also, on the same day the Daily Record wrote that "On the surface, the cryptically named Institute for Statecraft is a small charity operating from an old Victorian mill in Fife. But explosive leaked documents passed to the Sunday Mail reveal the organisation’s Integrity Initiative is funded with £2million of Foreign Office cash and run by military intelligence specialists."[26]

Wikipedia

A Wikipedia page was created on 18 December 2018, and lasted until 24 December 2018 when Wikpiedia User Rwenland replaced it with a redirect to the Institute for Statecraft page.[27]

The Guardian

On 9 January 2019, James Ball wrote a piece in the Guardian which concluded that "If we are to tackle Russian-backed misinformation – and to restore trust in our institutions, we must – we can’t do it by trying to beat them at their own game... Working largely from the shadows, Russia has co-opted our information ecosystem. Confronting it will have to be done in the open."[28] A commentator in Off Guardian opined that the article "was so poorly written that they had to close the comment section after 138 comments. People do know a lot more than the Guardian thinks."[29]

Removal of internet presence

On 22 January, the Integrity Initiative announced the "temporary" removal of all content from its website, and interrupted its Twitter feed, making it followers only for a period of time. It also claimed that "We are keen to trace both the source of the hack and the use to which our data - some genuine, some falsified - has been put." RT remarked "The website will be “relaunched shortly” and “analysis” of the hack and its “significance” will be published soon, the statement said. It doesn’t look as though many will be awaiting that analysis with bated breath, however."[3] On 23rd January the Integrity Initiative briefly locked their twitter account.[30] which was reversed


 

Documents by Integrity Initiative

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:5 July Seminar; Potential guest list for discussionspooky seminar invitation list26 February 2016Deep state
Propaganda
UK
Integrity Initiative
Spooky seminar
Seminar with a mix of media, academics and lots of spooks
Document:ATA and YATA UK networks developmentassessment Greg Rowett and networking26 December 2018Greg Rowett explaining how II has developed personal connections with Atlantic Treaty Association and Young Atlantic Treaty Association leaders from other nations, and been recognised and ratified as the UK chapter for both
Document:An assessment of RT in the Middle East and North Africa: April 2018Wikispooks Page26 December 2018An assessment of RT in the Middle East and North Africa: April 2018
Document:Appendix A Ukraine Indicators and WarningsWikispooks Page26 February 2016Russia
Ukraine
Separatists
Ukrainian officers tells British colleagues their opinions
Document:Bid for MoD Funding 2017-2018project proposal14 March 2017Propaganda
Integrity Initiative
II/C
"Creation of a Europe-wide network of groups who understand the danger of Russian active measures and who can pass the message on to their own decision-makers and public, often using material which we initiate"
Document:Brief on Monitoring Moldovan 2019 ElectionsBriefing26 December 2018Moldova
Election
Election monitoring
Document:CND Gen list 2name list26 December 2018list of names and email addresses of what seems to be intelligence workers/assets (CND is short for Christopher Nigel Donnelly)
Document:CND Integrity Initiative visit to Oslo, 29-31 Aug 2016Travel itinerary to Oslo, meeting how to create cell in Norway26 December 2018
Document:China’s Strategy towards Europe: Implications and Policy Recommendations for EU Securityanalysis, policy recommendations26 December 2018
Document:Chris Donnelly Recommendation for the Appointment or Extension of Tenure of an Honorary Colonel of a T/A Reserve Regional UnitRecommendation for Extension of Tenure of an Honorary Colonel26 December 2018Recommendation for Extension of Tenure of an Honorary Colonel for Chris Donnelly working in Specialist Group Military Intelligence
Document:Chris Donnelly Washington DC Schedulevisit schedule26 December 2018A schedule of Chris Donnelly's meetings in Washington
Document:CyberGuardian Cyber Security Education Programme for Children and Young Peoplebrainwashing concept paper30 January 2016Brainwashing of childrenII puts lots of thought into how the military can train British children for cyberwarfare
Document:DK15 2016 The Institute for Statecraft PCInvoice26 December 2018
Document:DK6 2016 PC The Institute for StatecraftWikispooks Page26 December 2018
Document:Discernment: Why information statecraft mattersWikispooks Page26 December 2018musings on how to keep media dominance, control the young
Document:Discussion with Artur Gherman re the situation in Moldova, 28 01 2017Wikispooks Page26 December 2018
Document:Donnelly Workshop Sept 19Wikispooks Page26 December 2018
Document:Euan Grant ContributionsWikispooks Page26 December 2018Euan Grant telling how he plans to offer completed packages of material to professional bodies, print and online press
Document:Executive Summary Cyber Security Education Programme for Children and Young PeopleWikispooks Page26 February 2016Brainwashing of childrenII sums up its thought on how the military can train British children for cyberwarfare
Document:FCO Disinformation update: Salisbury and SyriaWikispooks Page26 December 2018British Foreign Office email, presumably to trusted pro-government journalists, with information as 'background for your own work'
Document:FCO US Integrity InitiativeWikispooks Page26 December 2018
Document:Forward Thinking Report - The potential relevance of the Ukrainian National Reform Council to the Tunisian Transitionpolicy advice26 December 2018making the Tunisian economy more like Ukraine's
Document:Gyori lorant acc invoice 00719-16-MFEWikispooks Page26 December 2018
Document:Independent journalism in hostile places or How to report Repressive Regimes and surviveWikispooks Page26 December 2018A spooky company called Foreign Desk Ltd suggest a joint event with the Integrity Initiative. The proposal has comments from II's Victor Madeira
Document:Institute for Statecraft & Center for Naval Analyses Joint WorkshopWikispooks Page22 June 2018Sweden
Estonia
Norway
Poland
Navy
Nuclear weapon
Information Warfare
PsyOps
Zapad
USMC
Information Warfare Study Day hosted by British Navy. Candid opinions (with a NATO-flavor) on lots of military issues.
Document:Institute for Statecraft Event Chinaevent planning26 December 2018
Document:Institute for Statecraft Event NigeriaWikispooks Page26 December 2018A strict security round table discussion with Donald Duke, very likely to be a candidate in the next presidential elections in Nigeria
Document:Institute for Statecraft Production timetable March-June 2016Wikispooks Page26 December 2018
Document:Integrity 2018 Moldova Cluster (1)strategy document26 December 2018Corporate media
Strategy
Plans
Integrity Initiative/Cluster/Moldova
Document:Integrity Francereport25 June 2018a partial list of II-France members. For complete list, see Integrity Initiative/Cluster/France
Document:Integrity Initiative Serbian Clusterbudget for a British influence network in Serbia26 December 2018budget and activities of a British influence network in Serbia
Document:Integrity Initiative Staff PaymentsWikispooks Page26 December 2018salaries etc. of II staff members
Document:Invoice Eduard Abrahamyaninvoice for Eduard Abrahamyan's work in Leicester UK26 December 2018
Document:Invoice for 2 articles by Dan Kaszetainvoice26 December 2018Invoice for 2 articles written by Dan Kaszeta for Integrity Initiative “Poison gas” and "Nerve agents and treatment”
Document:Maritime Battle Staff Information Warfare (IW) Study DayWikispooks Page22 June 2018Netherlands
Information Warfare
PsyOps
DETER/DECEIVE
Information Warfare Study Day hosted by British Navy
Document:Meeting Note Moscow Stock Exchange ForumWikispooks Page12 June 2017Gold
Oil
Aluminium
Russian economy
Economic warfare
Arkady Dvorkovich
Alexander Afanasiev
Pavel Grachev
Oleg Mukhamedshin
Grain
II, probably Victor Madeira or Perry Fawcett, attended a Russian business forum in London
Document:Moldova- suggested priorities for consideration by clusters and UK staff in light of recent and ongoing developmentsStrategy Document26 December 2018
Document:My contributionAreas of Expertise and Key Performance Indicators Chris Hernon26 December 2018Self assessment by team member Chris Hernon
Document:Nationbuilder Peoplename list26 December 2018list of Nationbuilder people, ie journalists mostly in large media corporations
Document:Notes from colleagues in the Baltic States who are monitoring Russia carefullyWikispooks Page18 March 2018Skripal Affair
Russia/Propaganda
A document from the Integrity Initiative Leak which asserts that "A criminal investigation [into the Skripal affair] alone will not throw these essential clues up, and is unlikely to yield sufficient judicial evidence We need to be looking at, and explaining, this attack from a political and military-intelligence perspective. That means educating our audience to understand how Russia sees this world as being at war."
Document:Outline Concept paper for IfS US programme v6 28 08 2017 (003)request for US support26 December 2018Integrity Initiative/Cluster
Document:Pitch for a long-Form TV series about Russia in the 1990sWikispooks Page26 December 2018Pitch for creating a long-Form TV series about Russia in the 1990s
Document:Post Trip Report Stratcom event 11-13th June 2018report26 December 2018Participants telling of several meeting with fellow information warriors in Riga, esp. British and Dutch. Ad bureau Saatchi working for US State Dept.
Document:Private List for Chris. (Possible Funders in Swittzerland)list of potential donors26 December 2018This is a list of cutouts, seemingly 'independent' 'philanthropic' foundations financing intelligence work
Document:Private discussion with Gen Sir Richard BarronsWikispooks Page26 December 2018Former leader of British forces Richard Barrons telling of his worries for Britain and the British forces
Document:Production schedule 05 04 2016Wikispooks Page4 May 2016A list of written output from II staff, mostly for internal study use.
Document:Production timetable March-April 2016Wikispooks Page25 February 2016A list of planned written output from II staff, similar to Document:Production schedule 05 04 2016
Document:Research Proposal November 2018 Edelman Intelligenceproject proposal26 June 2018Edelmann Intelligence
Opinion polling
The Institute for Statecraft would like to explore further work with Edelman Intelligence to understand changing perceptions and identify solutions on the issue of false information and Russian malign influence.
Document:Russian Federation (RF) Sanctionswanted sanctions strategy26 December 2018shopping list of desired sanctions, maybe written by an Ukrainian
Document:Russian hand in Dutch referendumWikispooks Page26 December 2018Even this document, presumably written by an Ukrainian, admits "Yet Russian information campaign is not in full swing in Netherlands."
... further results

 

Quotes by Integrity Initiative

PageQuoteDateSource
Integrity Initiative/Cluster“What access do they have to the individuals or groups we might want to see represented in a cluster (e.g. journalists, politicians, civil servants, military, academics, business etc.)? What are their capabilities/competencies for: research & analysis; networking; mentoring, conference organising, dissemination (writing, translating, public speaking, publishing, broadcasting)?”Integrity Initiative/Leak/1
Integrity Initiative/Cluster“The Integrity Initiative has the opportunity to develop the programme into North America, based on

the Institute’s subsidiary, the Institute for Statecraft and Governance, which has a simple office in DC

and is in the course of registering as a US 501 c 3 not-for-profit organisation.”
Integrity Initiative/Leak/1
Integrity Initiative/Cluster“Experience in Phase 1 has shown that, once a cluster has been established, measurable impact can be expected within 3 months and the cluster is fully effective within 6 – 9 months.”Integrity Initiative/Leak/1
Integrity Initiative/ProjectionIt is essential to understand their ability to lie and to have no remorse for their murderous actions, be it an individual, such as Litvinenko and possibly Skripal, or be it hundreds of their own people or thousands of innocent victims in Ukraine or Syria.Integrity Initiative/Leak
Integrity Initiative/ProjectionPostimees has published 14 articles after the Skirpal (sic.) attack. Most of them are referring to the facts announced by the UK government or security forces.”Integrity Initiative/Leak
Integrity Initiative/Projection

“Information war” (informatsionnaya voyna)

There is a clear distinction between the Russian definition: an all-encompassing, and not limited to wartime and the Western one: limited, tactical information operations carried out during hostilities.

Russian approach is much broader than simply sowing lies and denial, for instance maintaining that Russian troops and equipment are not where they plainly are.

Russian state and non-state actors have exploited history, culture, language, nationalism and more to carry out cyber-enhanced disinformation campaigns with much wider objectives.

Russian aims to extract, exfiltrate, manipulate, distort, or insert information, or just isolate a target from sources of information other than Russian ones.”
Integrity Initiative/Leak/5
Integrity Initiative/PurposesPutin will be around for the foreseeable future - even if he went, what comes after Putin, wouldn't be much better. We believe we will have to face the Russian challenge for many years to come.”Integrity Initiative/Leak
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“In terms of power projection the growth in British naval aviation is very encouraging...

A phenomenon has taken place ever since the Communist flag came down from above the Kremlin. How we would achieve peace? We reduced our defense, and moved from threat based planning to a capability based planning - we lost the ability to say we need x, because of y.

Now, when you go to the politicians and say I need 127 F22s, the most predictable response, why? The answer is of course: "because x".

We need to return to a threat culture, where requirement is met by a capability..

Collectively we looked at those capabilities, and saw we could destroy ourselves by all spending all at the same time, but shifted into dabbling into a bit of everything - what we need to do now is have clearly defined roles...

There areas for optimism, the increased [military] investment...”
Integrity Initiative/Leak#5
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“Publish striking images of SV Skripal in hospital and/or victims of similar exposures to nerve agents (something like the iconic 2006 photograph of Sasha Litvinenko on his deathbed). A high-impact visual story to help the public relate to the enormity of what has just happened in Salisbury.”Integrity Initiative/Leak
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“With missile threats and nuclear threats. The UK has forgotten the importance of conventional strength as a method of defence.”Integrity Initiative/Leak
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“The UK would love it's (sic.) own ballistic capabilities, both in a sovereign sense & to enable better cooperation. The range rings represent threats themselves, even if the capabilities are not matched by intent, there is an lack of will by politicians to provide the necessary protection. Not enough political drive enough, there is significant public blindness, if the public were kept in a state of - this would be easier, however politicians would prefer to have a blithe sense of safety. This represents a start difference to Putin, who has been whipping up the fear.”Integrity Initiative/Leak#5
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“It is vital to understand the reasons behind Putin’s warped reasoning – the fact that he is prepared to lie and to kill to protect his wealth and power – if we are to comprehend why the Kremlin has launched this information attack on the West. Only then can we begin to combat it. In Soviet times there was an ideological element, the battle of Capitalism versus Communism. That no longer plays a part. But Putin wants the West at least to respect Russia; better still to fear Russia. That is Putin’s mindset. If in Soviet times the leadership of the USSR relied on Western sympathisers with the Communist cause to help them in their mission, nowadays the Kremlin can call upon support in the West from three groups of people: naïve Russophiles who, despite all the evidence to the contrary, believe that Putin “can’t be all that bad, and anyway the Americans are just as bad”; those who are prepared to toe the Russian line in return for money; or those who are being blackmailed.”May 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“Connects media with academia with policy makers with practitioners in a country to impact on policy and society: (Jelena Milic silencing pro-kremlin voices on Serbian TV)”
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“Core aim of Russian propaganda is to get people to say the BBC is the same as RT/Sputnik. Satisfaction with BBC public is low among ordinary Scottish people.”Integrity Initiative/Leak/3
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“We engage only very discreetly with governments, based entirely on trusted personal contacts, specifically to ensure that they do not come to see our work as a problem, and to try to influence them gently, as befits an independent NGO operation like ours.”Integrity Initiative/Leak
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“We are at war, in a hybrid war, we cannot deter it - only fight it... We need to go away and seek to change the minds within uniformed services, and move away from a mentality of peacetime, to one of wartime.”Integrity Initiative/Leak#5
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“The Italian reactions to Skripal case highlight and confirm a pattern already present in a previous report: pro-Russian sentiments in Italy are mainly inflated not by trolls or fake news but thanks to a large network encompassing politicians, journalists, media, websites etc. already aligned with Russian narrative... To counter this Italian trend it's important to properly address the key political leaders, their new populist parties, and key editorialists, by an effective, discrete and articulated information campaign and narrative and not to be exclusively focused on trolls and fake news.”16 March 2018
Troll“The impact of troll accounts cannot be underestimated as they add an additional dimension to an organised disinformation campaign that is difficult to counter. It was noticeable during the research that, whilst UK media could hold its own against its Russian counterparts, there was no UK equivalent to the Russian trolls, who would able to counter their relentless bombardment of anti-establishment rhetoric.”18 April 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/4
Troll“Someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. They hide behind their computer screens, and actively go out of their way to cause trouble on the internet. The internet troll is angry and disruptive in every possible way.”18 April 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/4

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Integrity Initiative/Cluster“* Chris Donnelly makes initial country introduction with nominated trusted 'coordinator' & relevant II team member/s (normally 2 members minimum per country)
  • II team member/s coordinate foundation workshop to connect members, formally introduce them to II aims, establish target programme for research, dissemination and events. Members to sign code of conduct & non-disclosure Greg Rowett to start code of conduct doc to include basic info on passwords and etiquette with social media etc - final ok should be sought from James Wilson. Debate and decide preferred methods of communication. Activity: £3k budget (based on 20 clusters)”
30 May 2018
Integrity Initiative/Cluster“An effective network is best achieved by forming in each European country a cluster of well-informed people from the political, military, academic, journalistic and think-tank spheres, who will track and analyse examples of disinformation in their country and inform decision-makers and other interested parties about what is happening.”30 May 2018
Integrity Initiative/Cluster“Be absolutely sure you have good references for people so we know we can trust them before we talk to them about our programme”30 May 2018
Integrity Initiative/Secrecy“Be absolutely sure you have good references for people so we know we can trust them before we talk to them about our programme”30 May 2018
Integrity Initiative/SecrecyCode of Conduct (Greg to commence with internet etiquette)
Anonymity of the team remains paramount. As our activity increases we will, no doubt, attract unwanted attention.”
30 May 2018
Integrity Initiative/SecrecyBeware the friendly host who wants to book travel or accommodation on your behalf. Absolutely get their tips on where to stay but avoid getting into tricky scenarios and ensure you follow company guidelines and book everything yourself. If in doubt, ask advice from another team member.30 May 2018
Integrity Initiative/SecrecyBeware the friendly host who wants to book travel or accommodation on your behalf. Absolutely get their tips on where to stay but avoid getting into tricky scenarios and ensure you follow company guidelines and book everything yourself. If in doubt, ask advice from another team member.30 May 2018
Integrity Initiative/Secrecy“* Chris Donnelly makes initial country introduction with nominated trusted 'cordinator' & relevant II team member/s (normally 2 members minimum per country)
  • II team member/s coordinate foundation workshop to connect members, formally introduce them to II aims, establish target programme for research, issemmination and events. Members to sign code of conduct & non-disclosure Greg Rowett to start code of conduct doc to include basic info on passwords and etiquette with social media etc - final ok should be sought from James Wilson. Debate and decide preferred methods of communication. Activity: £3k budget (based on 20 clusters)”
30 May 2018
Dan Kaszeta“I will continue to work for @InitIntegrity as needed. If that makes you angry, that's your problem and not mine.”Dan Kaszeta5 February 2019
Craig Murray“We have a programme, the Integrity Initiative, whose entire purpose is to pump out covert disinformation against Russia, through social media and news stories secretly paid for by the British government. And we have the Skripals’ MI6 handler, the BBC, Porton Down, the FCO, the MOD and the US Embassy, working together in a group under the auspices of the Integrity Initiative. The Skripal Case happened to occur shortly after a massive increase in the Integrity Initiative’s budget and activity, which itself was a small part of a British Government decision to ramp up a major information war against Russia. I find that very interesting indeed.”Craig Murray21 December 2018
Ben Nimmo“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)... 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.”Craig Murray
Ben Nimmo
22 December 2018

 

Events Planned

EventLocation(s)Description
Cold War Then and Now?London
City of London School
UK
A free conference that appears to have been part of a broader campaign by the Institute for Statecraft to promote Cold War 2.0.
Tackling Tools of Malign InfluenceLondon
Frontline Club
Integrity Initiative conference about "Russian Propaganda"
Workshop on Identifying and Combating Disinformation in Big DataUS
Seattle

 

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  2. http://radio4all.net/index.php/program/101001
  3. a b https://www.rt.com/news/449451-integrity-initiative-deletes-content/
  4. a b http://syriapropagandamedia.org/working-papers/briefing-note-on-the-integrity-initiative#first-tranche-released-5-november-2018
  5. https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2018-12-12a.285.0
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  8. https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/integrity-initiative-look-deep-state
  9. Nigel Gould-Davies
  10. Simon Bracey-Lane
  11. Maria de Goeij
  12. a b Integrity Initiative/Leak/3#/general pdf/Bid for MoD funding 140317.pdf Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ii3" defined multiple times with different content
  13. Integrity Initiative/Leak/3#general pdf/skripal/II media interviews 2018.pdf
  14. Integrity Initiative Leak 2 included 17 documents about the case
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20181216141442/https://www.integrityinitiative.net/articles/demolishing-kremlins-absurd-theories-about-novichok-and-porton-down
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