First Draft

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Group.png First Draft  
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FormationJune 2015
FounderUK Deep State?
LeaderFirst Draft/Director
InterestsCOVID-19, “misinformation”, disinformation
Sponsored byDemocracy Fund, The Ford Foundation
SubpageFirst Draft/Board and members
First Draft/Director
Membership• Facebook
• Twitter
• Open Society Foundations
• John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
• Ford Foundation
• Craig Newmark Philanthropies
• Google News Lab

First Draft News is an 'anti-disinformation' organization founded in 2015, conspicuously at the same time as NATO's drive to control the news narrative. It trains in how to launder black and grey propaganda.

Own Words

"First Draft’s mission is to empower societies with accurate information in critical moments. We work to ensure the integrity of the world’s information ecosystem, developing and delivering pioneering techniques, tools and training for how information is discovered, shared and presented to the public."

Military/intelligence founders?

First Draft formed as a coalition with nine founding partners in June 2015.

One of the founding organizations is the NATO-close Bellingcat; and Eliot Higgins and Aric Toler are specifically thanked for their help.[1]

Another founder, Andy Carvin, works for the NATO-close Atlantic Council, in its Digital Forensic Research Lab, which also collaborates closely with the Integrity Initiative

Another founding member is Sam Dubberley, who is an "advisory board member for the Syrian Archive - a non-profit that aims to support human rights investigators, advocates, media reporters, and journalists in their efforts to document human rights violations in Syria"...through " open source tools".[2], an activity that dovetails smoothly with what the British government was financing at the time (see: White Helmets)

Laundering black propaganda

Here is a generalized example from Syria of this laundering: People like Sam Dubberley get 'human rights investigators' in Syria (f.ex. the White Helmets) to collect or make videos and storylines etc for social media; this material is then lobbed over to 'laboratories' like Bellincat, who then, using 'forensic tools', declares that they are highly credible. These stories and videos can then be picked up by the Western corporate and government press, who then have done 'due dilligence' and have a 'fact checked' genuine atrocity story.

All the steps in this process, from the making, collecting, analyzing to finally the spreading in media of this propaganda, is aided by intelligence services.


The project draws on experts and organisations working in the field, including, Eyewitness Media Hub, Storyful and Meedan.[3]

The group left Harvard University after just over a year "citing problems with brand control".[4]

Fake news

Full article: Fake news

Sharyl Attkisson attributes the first usage of the the words fake news, in its modern context, to articles published on First Drafts website.[5][6]


In 2020 the group published a lot of information about COVID-19.


Full article: COVID-19

"Lockdown could last for months. It is likely this is only the beginning of a new trend in falsehoods as people come to terms with a new lifestyle. We all play a role in keeping each other safe from the virus and the impact it has on our lives. The information we share plays a big role here too. Let’s apply the same level of care in not spreading viral misinformation as we do to the virus itself."


The network is lavishly financed by big corporations (Google,Twitter, Facebook) and foundations historically known to be close to the CIA (Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and bears all the hallmarks of a covert government effort.

A giveaway for this is that Bellingcat, with close ties to NATO, was one of the founding partners.

It might be designed as an internal disciplining network, to steer the "primary target audience" journalists and academics to the 'right' kind of information sources, which might include easily twisted "open source" content a là Bellingcat.

An this internal reinforcing function works with politics as well. "For example, We recognize the value in sharing our knowledge with policymakers. First Draft works to inform all who have a stake in the dissemination of accurate information, including governments".

Mockingbird media on a platter

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Events Sponsored

Democracy Fund
The Ford FoundationIn addition to its own billionaire agenda, also known to have been $$$ middleman for covert CIA funding.


Event Participated in

Call to Action: CSIS-LSHTM High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation19 October 202019 October 2020Strategic public-private master plan for medical censorship and vaccine persuasion.