Limited hangout

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Concept.png Limited hangout 
(propaganda)
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Because information needs a context for correct interpretation, a subtle change to one piece of information can change the meanings to the surrounding information.
A propaganda technique to try to suppress the revelation of secret information.

A "limited hangout" is the deliberate revelation of some information (e.g. about malfeasance) to try to confuse and/or prevent discovery of other information.

Limited hangout purposes

By presenting some true and useful information, a source may gain credibility, which can be put to use later, if a credible source is desired to disseminated disinformation. By presenting some information, an audience may be desensitized to an otherwise engaging or even shocking topic. If more information later emerges, the audience may feel "this is nothing new" (as the commercially-controlled media said about Gary Webb's watertight case that the CIA was engaged in the illegal drug business.

Selection of information

The more valuable the information that is 'hung out', the more an audience may be disposed to confer credibility on a source. It is easy to see how a subset of information can be chosen that makes it hard to guess the remainder - for example, if it is atypical or otherwise misleading.

Wikileaks

Full article: Wikileaks

Evidence that Wikileaks may be not what it seems was provided by Julian Assange himself, quoted in July 2010 as stating that "I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud." It seems unlikely that he could miss such an obvious false flag.[1] In 2009, Wikileaks leaked a huge set of pager messages for the day of 9/11 - which one might suspect would prove interesting, but which in practice has proven to be of relatively little interest. They freely admit that "it's impossible to tell whether the logs have been faithfully reproduced in their entirety".[2] If the set of messages was purged before being posted, then this corresponds to a limited hangout. If false messages were inserted, a modified limited hangout. Webster Tarpley maintains a high level of suspicion of the commercially-controlled media and has voiced skepticism early about stories they promote. He suggests that examples of Modified limited hangout include:

Panama Papers

Full article: Panama Papers

Described by Edward Snowden the leak as the "biggest leak in the history of data journalism", the Panama Papers was the April 2016 release of ~2.6TB of data, apparently created by the Panamanian corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca - detailing >200,000 offshore companies, including the identities of shareholders and directors. This has a highly skewed distribution of people and nations[citation needed], suggesting that it might be a partisan limited hangout.

Modified limited hangout

In a March 22, 1973 meeting between Richard Nixon, John Dean, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell, and H.R. Haldeman, Ehrlichman incorporated the term into a new and related one, "modified limited hangout."[3][4]

The phrase was coined in the following exchange:[5]

PRESIDENT: You think, you think we want to, want to go this route now? And the — let it hang out, so to speak?

DEAN: Well, it's, it isn't really that --
HALDEMAN: It's a limited hang out.
DEAN: It's a limited hang out.
EHRLICHMAN: It's a modified limited hang out.
PRESIDENT: Well, it's only the questions of the thing hanging out publicly or privately.

Before this exchange, the discussion captures Nixon outlining to Dean the content of a report that Dean would create, laying out a misleading view of the role of the White House staff in events surrounding the Watergate coup. In Ehrlichman's words: "And the report says, 'Nobody was involved,'". The document would then be shared with the Senate Watergate Committee investigating the affair. The report would serve the administration's goals by protecting the President, providing documentary support for his false statements should information come to light that contradicted his stated position. Further, the group discusses having information on the report leaked by those on the Committee sympathetic to the President, to put exculpatory information into the public sphere.[5]

The phrase has been cited as a summation of the strategy of mixing partial admissions with misinformation and resistance to further investigation, and is used in political commentary to accuse people or groups of following a Nixon-like strategy.[6]

Writing in the Washington Post, Mary McGrory described a statement by Pope John Paul II regarding sexual abuse by priests as a "modified, limited hangout".

Edward Snowden

Full article: Stub class article Edward Snowden affair

Some commentators such as Webster Tarpley have suggested that Edward Snowden may not in fact be the dissident voice that he claims, but in fact be part of a modified limited hangout operation to chill resistance and encourage people to self-censor. His main evidence appears to be the facts that (i) Snowden's revelations have not touched on deep events such as the JFK assassination or 9-11, & (ii) the anomalous treatment of Snowden by the commercially-controlled media as compared to other whistleblowers. [7][8] John Young and Deborah Natsios of Cryptome, as well as Sibel Edmonds have voiced strong critique about the Snowden affair in the past too. [9] [10]  

Examples

     Page name     Description
Panama Papers
Rockefeller Commission
WikileaksInternationally famous leaks site that has published millions of classified and other documents.
 

Related Document

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TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
How to identify CIA limited hangout operationarticle18 June 2013Webster TarpleyCiting the Pentagon Papers as an example, Tarpley suggests that both Wikileaks and the Snowden affair are limited hangout operations by the CIA.


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