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Gov’t handbook for Internet trolls uncovered

Bob Unruh


Journalist Glenn Greenwald, through whom document-leaker Edward Snowden  previously rattled the entire National Security Agency, is now confirming  Western intelligence networks strategize to place “trolls” on the Internet to  undermine, discredit and destroy critics.

In an  article posted on website Greenwald help create called the Intercept, Greenwald reports secret documents from the GCHQ – the United Kingdom’s version  of the NSA – reveal “how western intelligence agencies are attempting to  manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and  reputation-destruction.”

He cites documents from the “previously secret” Joint Threat Research  Intelligence Group in the U.K., which describe injecting “all sorts of false  material onto the Internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets”  and to use “social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse  and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable.”

“To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they  boast of using to achieve those ends: ‘false flag operations’ (posting material  to the Internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog  posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to  destroy), and posting ‘negative information’ on various forums.”

The document lists a “Disruption Operational Playbook” and subheadings titled  “Infiltration Operation, Ruse Operation, Set Piece Operation, False Flag  Operation, False Rescue Operation, Disruption Operation, Sting Operation.”

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Regarding how to “discredit a target,” the instructions include, “Set up a  honey-trap, change their photos on social networking sites, write a blog  purporting to be one of their victims, email/text their colleagues, neighbors,  friends etc.”

Sam  Rolley at the Personal Liberty blog wrote that his organization for years  has been “warning readers that the well-connected and ruling elite, displeased  by this newfound proletariat freedom, have been prolific in attempts to  undermine and marginalize information provided by any media outlet unwilling to  obey the same unspoken rules that govern the content choices of major media  outlets.”

“Now, thanks to the efforts of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward  Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald, readers no longer have to take the word  of ‘paranoid’ bloggers who relate tales of paid government trolls lurking in  comment sections and other concentrated top-down efforts to muddy the  information provided by alternative media,” Rolley said.


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