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Group.png Integrity Initiative
(Orwellian language‎, Deep state milieu?Facebook WebsiteRdf-icon.png 4
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Abbreviation II
Formation 2015
Founder • Chris Donnelly
• Institute for Statecraft
• Free University of Brussels
Parent organization Institute for Statecraft
Interests Russophobia, Cold War 2.0
Interest of Mike Robinson, Softpanorama, Working Group on Syria Propaganda and Media
SubpageIntegrity Initiative/Cluster
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 da 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 a propaganda effort funded by the UK foreign office [1] through the Institute for Statecraft. Craig Murray blogged that "The Integrity Initiative 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."[2] Lucy Morgan Edwards summarised it in January 2019 as "an extremely shady covert disinformation and anti-democratic deep state outfit".[3] 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.[4]

Official narrative

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]

History

The Integrity Initiative was set up in Autumn 2015 by the Institute for Statecraft and the Free University of Brussels.[6]

Purposes

Full article: Integrity Initiative/Purposes

Publications

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."[7]

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.[8]


Exposure

The II was dramatically 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 been very slow to do so.

The Leak

Full article: Integrity Initiative/Leak

In late 2018 and early 2019, Anonymous published 6 tranches of documents at CyberGuerilla which gave names of people who worked for the group and some details of its work.[9][6]

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

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.[10]

Independent media

Independent media sources have reported on the Integrity Initiative, and Craig Murray has personally investigated.[11]

Cover up

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.[12] 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."[13]


Corporate media

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."[14] 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."[15]

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.[16]

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."[4] On 23rd January the Integrity Initiative briefly locked their twitter account.[17] which was reversed

Integrity Initiative cover up tweet of 22 January 2019.png
[18]

 

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
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
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
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/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
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/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
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“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“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“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/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“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“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“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“With missile threats and nuclear threats. The UK has forgotten the importance of conventional strength as a method of defence.”Integrity Initiative/Leak
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
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
 

Events Planned

EventDateLocation(s)
Cold War Then and Now?13 October 2018 09:30:00 - 13 October 2018 16:30:00City of London School
London
UK
Tackling Tools of Malign Influence1 November 2018 - 2 November 2018Frontline Club
London
Workshop on Identifying and Combating Disinformation in Big Data13 December 2018 08:00:00 - 13 December 2018 12:00:00Seattle
US
 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
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/Cluster“* 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
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“Beware 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
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
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.”Ben Nimmo
Craig Murray
22 December 2018
== Rating ==
4star.png 11 February 2019 Robin  An expose of this organ of the UK deep state
The hitherto unregarded UK charity has spent millions of pounds of UK taxpayers money on a Russophobic campaign to reboot the Cold War. This page summarises what is now known about the group.


References

  1. https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201812131070655802-integrity-initiative-intelligence-disinformation/
  2. https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/12/british-security-service-infiltration-the-integrity-initiative-and-the-institute-for-statecraft/
  3. http://radio4all.net/index.php/program/101001
  4. a b https://www.rt.com/news/449451-integrity-initiative-deletes-content/
  5. https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2018-12-12a.285.0
  6. a b http://syriapropagandamedia.org/working-papers/briefing-note-on-the-integrity-initiative#first-tranche-released-5-november-2018
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20181216141442/https://www.integrityinitiative.net/articles/demolishing-kremlins-absurd-theories-about-novichok-and-porton-down
  8. http://anoniem.org?https://www.integrityinitiative.net/articles/review-skripal-files-mark-urban
  9. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/07/inte-j07.html?Ref=Reddit_Intelligence
  10. https://sputniknews.com/europe/201812121070612795-integrity-initiative-williamson-inquiry/
  11. https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/12/british-security-service-infiltration-the-integrity-initiative-and-the-institute-for-statecraft/
  12. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/labour-attack-government-funded-body-13709313
  13. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/labour-attack-government-funded-body-13709313
  14. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/09/free-societies-russia-misinformation-integrity-initiative
  15. https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/08/dads-armys-cover-blown/
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Integrity_Initiative&action=history
  17. https://www.rt.com/uk/449518-integrity-initiative-twitter-protected/
  18. RT , 22 January 2019
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