As leaks expose UK op to ‘weaken’ Russia, suppression of Grayzone reporting backfires

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After The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal reported on newly leaked documents exposing a massive UK government propaganda campaign against Russia, Twitter added an unprecedented warning label that the material “may have been obtained through hacking.” Although Twitter may have intended to restrict the article, the warning had the opposite effect: it quickly went viral.

Max Blumenthal and Aaron Maté discuss the suppression effort and the damning UK government leaks at the heart of it. After years of fear-mongering about Russian interference in Western democracies, these UK government files expose a sprawling propaganda effort that explicitly aims to “weaken” Russia. The documents reveal that this propaganda campaign has also enlisted major media outlets Reuters and the BBC, as well as the NATO member state-funded website Bellingcat.

Guest: Max Blumenthal, editor of The Grayzone and author of “The Management of Savagery.”

Read more: “Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office-funded programs to ‘weaken Russia,’ leaked docs reveal”

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  1. If you want to help Assange, do like the Grayzone does.
    Make it easier and easier for whistle blowers to safely leak great stuff like this!
    We are all Wikileaks. We are all Assange.
    Protect your sources no matter what the Silicon Valley cybercrats say, even if they throw all of us in Belmarsh.
    Stop using Tweeter, FaceBook, . . use these resources solely to reach out to more people. Then steer that traffic elsewhere.
    Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Silicon Valley, not just the Israeli government. These are the true fascists, not the Trump hillbillies.

  2. Assange is a threat to empire because Assange made it easy for insiders to safely leak the empire's dirty secrets. There are insiders who are disgusted by the empire's corruption and lies, but are trapped inside. They need our help.
    The empire knows this is a serious threat and will shut down anyone helping them out, as the Grayzone just did.

  3. These materials may be obtained through hacking was first used months ago when biden's laptop information came out that's one of the things they used to close that down so the phrase has been around for quite some time

  4. ⁉️I only tripped over this video today and therefore went to click the subscribe button, only to find that I was already subscribed, although no grayzone videos have EVER appeared in my feed!⁉️

  5. nothing surprising at least not for someone from ex-yugoslavia where we watch from early 1990s of not just propaganda operations but all kind off interfering in internal affairs of supposedly independent countries. right now you have biggest cable tv operator in serbia and biggest news network on serbian language in ex-yugoslavia (we all speak one language just every new nation calls it with their name like you having american, australian, new zelandian etc wich is also part of special operations of creating new nations in perpetual conflict so they always stay dependent on cia) called n1which are not only but probably the main arm of nato propaganda on balkan and guess who is owner of that company ? i cant recall his name right now but remember main cia guy in irak who had different kind of medaling in internal affairs' with his secretary and 'lost' his job and disappeared from american media he is now businessmen in of all places in the world in serbia and of all jobs in the world he decided to put 'he's 'money in cable tv operator and tv news network and we are supposed to believe that is perfectly normal and he is just smart businessman and some people do or at least they pretend they do. for me this is just like snowden relevations on smaller level because even before snowden most people knew that nsa is constantly watching everybody they want but snowden definitely proved it and showed us how they do it. same staff here we all know that west is waging war against russia and part of that war is propaganda i mean who can really believe lets say in novichok deadliest poisson in the world which somehow always fail to kill target of supposedly most deadliest agency in the world if you can belive stuff like that you are either fool or worst you want to believe it because you believe in supremacy of the west and that west should rule the world and that everybody who is not on the program should be crushed. thing is that soft power of the west is not like before and today they must organize and pay people for staff they are willing to do for free earlier because they really believed in western propaganda. everyday there is less and less useful idiots and ngo's, and other cia operations are filled with cynical people who are there just to make quick buck and that is why they are so sloppy

  6. The BBC does a very good job of exercising "soft power" on its own citizenry…as a long time watcher, even ostensibly light entertainment programmes (like "Have I Got News for You") have a steady drip, drip of anti- Russian propaganda. As John Pilger has often said, the BBC is the most sophisticated and subtle propaganda network in the world…successful because many Brits still think that this institution is "balanced" (like their "balanced" demolition of Jeremy Corbyn!)