Guests: Kit Klarenberg & Mohamed Elmaazi. New documents that appear to be from the UK Foreign Office have been leaked by a group (“Anonymous”) show that Whitehall uses private contractors to infiltrate a variety of media (including smaller, “independent” media and social media influencers and civil society) to conduct information warfare. In this case the stated noble objectives are things like improving literacy, ensuring balance in reporting and countering disinformation. The real objectives revealed in the documents are something else entirely. There is also a bonus episode for patrons about how this seems like an evolved, 21st century Operation Mockingbird.
Kit Klarenberg is an investigative journalist who explores the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions and he currently writes for RT. Mohamed Elmaazi is a journalist with experience in human rights law who is currently writing for Sputnik International.
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Recorded on March 3, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.
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