How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive and Destroy Reputations

IMAGE: The Intercept/GCHQ

By Glenn Greenwald | 14 February 2014

THE INTERCEPT — One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself. […]

2 Comments on How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive and Destroy Reputations

  1. Grenwald had a weird past with a white supremacist leader of the Creativity Movement, a Movement started by Ben Klaussen who came from one of those Judaized sectors of the Protestant Reformation. They legalized basically the use of muds as a derogatory reference to all non-whites (but Jews)
    The fact is Grenwald isn’t credible, he’s a limited hangout as is Snowden. You really think the Jew media would turn real dissent into a hero of the people?. Same with Assange, same with anyone being warned about on the ADL and SPLC page. All limited hangouts. Until that’s recognised and battles are fought to disassociate from the sort, nothing can be done beyond deck chair movement around the pool on the sinking ship
    Of course, moving deck chairs passes for resistance and why it’s so often done

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