WikiLeaks finds "portion of fabricated" docs in hackers' papers against Russian propaganda

WikiLeaks finds "portion of fabricated" docs in hackers' papers against Russian propaganda
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Some of the documents published by hackers that allegedly belonged to the British project Integrity Initiative, turned out to be falsified, WikiLeaks experts believe. Among the papers, there was a "Guide to Countering Russian Disinformation".

WikiLeaks experts have carried out an analysis of the documents published by the an anonymous group, which, according to hackers, belong to the British Integrity Initiative project (engaged in “fighting propaganda and disinformation”) and made a concludsion that some of them “show signs of falsification.” This is stated in the message on the official page of WikiLeaks on Twitter.

The documents have been published by the Anonomus hackers group earlier. Among the papers were guidelines, which state the British project involves the creation of clusters of specialists in political, military, academic and other fields who will monitor and analyze cases of disinformation in the country. In addition, among the documents posted by the hackers, there was an a "Guide to Countering Russian Disinformation". The Integrity Initiative, according to data on its website, is not directly connected with the state, but cooperates with various departments of the British government.

“Purported internal documents, from a UK government "counter-Russia" influence network targeting mostly Europe and US, appear on site often alleged to be used by Russian state hackers,” the WikiLeaks message says. Experts, according to representatives of the organization, analyzed these documents and found these docs “show hallmarks of being fabrications”. The organization did not specify which papers they considered fake and gave no comments regarding their analysis.

Documents allegedly owned by the Integrity Initiative were posted by anonymous hackers on As an example of a case of “Russian disinformation” in one of its documents were coverage of the MH17 Boeing crash in the Donbass, the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Khan-Sheikhun, as well as the poisoning of the former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury. In order to resist such “disinformation”, the guideline states “to consider this an exercise in logic” and “to clearly and rationally explain why the promoted information is not true”.

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