Integrity Initiative/Secrecy

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The Integrity Initiative is marked by an intense secrecy and suspicion

The Integrity Initiative is marked by an intense secrecy that suggest it has hidden purposes suggestive of a covert operation or a deep state milieu rather than the public charity that it purports to be. For a multi-million pound operation, it had a low profile until its 2018 leak.

Headquarters

The headquarters of the organisation is officially a semi-derilict mill in Fife, Scotland, which is due for demolition[citation needed]. A UK MP[Who?] reports after visiting there that none of the locals were aware of the presence of the group. The operational HQ appears to be Two Temple Place, London.

Integrity Initiative Handbook

The leaked Integrity Initiative handbook emphasises secrecy.

“* 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.”

 (30 May 2018)  [1]
Emphasis in original

The meaning of "etiquette" is further clarified by the perfunctory "Code of Conduct" section:

Code 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)  [1]
Emphasis in original
The leaked Integrity Initiative handbook revealed that they had a £5000 budget for training about social media:
“Social media training. Activity: £5k Chris Hernon and Charlie HattonJacky Sloane to film.
 (30 May 2018)  [2]

It also warns 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. [3] and reminds readers that “No contact names should be mentioned (Chatham House rules) reference conversations and spoken word. Contact the report holders for more detailed information on individuals and encounters.” [3]

Events

The "Maritime Battle Staff Information Warfare (IW) Study Day" official sensitive bears security classification "Official-Sensitive". One of the key points is “7. Security Classification/Chatham House Rule. The morning session in Fisher Hall will be an academic seminar at official-sensitive. In the afternoon there will be a further plenary session at official-sensitive in the Wells Room led by Mr Peter Mattis from the Jamestown Foundation and an invitation only session at a higher classification in the MBS Briefing Room led by Mr Olivier Weatherston from Wilton Park. Irrespective of classification, the whole conference will operate under the Chatham House rules.” [4] Use of Chatham House Rules appears to be common (possibly even universal?) for Integrity Initiative meetings.

“Implementing discernment and media literacy training prog. (using Skripal as a case-study). Activity: £90k Ben Robinson, Yusuf Desai, Greg Rowett (Tallinn University, Chester University) Teachers Unions?
 (30 May 2018)  [2]

Instructions on setting up 'clusters'

Full article: Integrity Initiative/Clusters

The Integrity Initiative hanbook includes the following advice which raises the question of why the need for secrecy before talking about "our programme"?

“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)  [2]
The same document continues:
“* 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)  [2]
    Emphasis in original
Code 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)  [2]
Emphasis in original
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)  [2]
Emphasis in original

It also points out that the "Professional comprehensive country.. can be anonymous".


Contracts

The Integrity Initiative's contract with Nico de Pedro defines his duties as being "to promote the interests of the Client", but nowhere specifies what these are. Article 2.3 requires that "You must comply with all and any of our work-place policies including those on social media, and information and communications systems." It also contains a confidentiality agreement. Their contract with the University of Macedonia Research Institute of Applied Social and Economic Studies specified that "Neither Party will use, copy, adapt, alter or part with possession of any information of the other which is disclosed or otherwise comes into its possession under or in relation to this Agreement and which is of a confidential nature. "[5]

Media blackout

Detailing the failure to report on the Integrity Initiative, 21st Century Wire asked “Was there a ‘D Notice’ issued by the British government forbidding mainstream media outlets from reporting on the embarrassing leak of this clandestine propaganda operation?” [6]

 

An example

Page nameDescription
Integrity Initiative/ClusterAn Integrity Initiative cluster is a covert cell of people of influence, with a single leader. They have been used to exert clandestine influence from the London HQ, for example to promote opinions or block appointments.


References

  1. a b Integrity Initiative/Leak/1 iihandbookv2.pdf
  2. a b c d e f Integrity Initiative/Leak iihandbookv2.pdf
  3. a b Integrity Initiative/Leak/1 iihandbookv2.pdf, 30 May 2018
  4. , 22 June 2018
  5. Integrity Initiative/Leak/2
  6. 21st Century Wire