It’s impossible to overstate the magnitude of what we just stumbled across. Suddenly, everything makes sense. While working on a comprehensive timeline for the “1/1024th of an Impeachment Inquiry”, and attempting to validate a source, I struck gold.
August 7th, 2018: Reuters posted an obscure article about the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Lab, located in DC. Reuter’s reveals the Atlantic Council has been working on social media postings since 2016 – throughout the 2018 midterms – and in 2018, their biggest donors were Facebook and the British Government. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-cyber/u-s-think-tanks-tiny-lab-helps-facebook-battle-fake-social-media-idUSKBN1KS22N
Key to understanding the problem of “Russian Interference” is the involvement of The Atlantic Council: This is the MOST important piece of background information we will present ……….. because it explains the motivation behind the politics of “Muh Russia”, struggle for power in DC and the rest of the world, and why the USA/Media/both political parties have been embroiled in battle over “Russian Interference” for the past 3 years. Their Wiki Page can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Council And their website can be found here: https://atlanticcouncil.org/about/board-of-directors/
The Atlantic Council is a think tank founded in 1961. They are vehemently anti-Russian, promote former Soviet Republics entry into NATO, promoted defense of these Baltic states including moving weaponry and defense systems into their territories – pointed at the Russians. To the Atlantic Council, anything Russian is BAD and coordination or a working relationship with Russia — would make them recoil in fear or lash out in anger. The Atlantic Council is stacked with “Cold War” bureaucrats and former politicians who are hellbent on maintaining the status quo in “the swamp”. To be truly objective and fair, “cold war” thinking kept the USA safe for many years, and the Russians were our enemies.
Or were they??? Or are we racist, fascist, homophobes, deplorables, for even asking?
To the folks at the Atlantic Council, the 2016 election of Donald Trump represented a “threat to America”, they said, …….. or was it more like a threat to their cushy lifestyles? What was the real truth about Russia, current status of threats to our national security, and did anyone know? The complete lack of intellectual curiosity is particularly disturbing.
When Donald Trump became President, he wanted to modernize NATO, make other members contribute more cash to decrease the burden on US taxpayers, rethink geopolitics and beef up cyber defenses, and perhaps work with Russia on the ISIS threat looming in the Middle East. We remember, in 2016, ISIS had a Caliphate and was growing in strength and influence. Powerful people at the Atlantic Council immediately aligned against Donald Trump. This explains the behavior of commonly stereotyped “NeoCons”/GOPe, and establishment Dems, and their resistance to Donald Trump’s foreign policy. And now we learn more about how they fought back against President Trump.
From the article above, we learn Facebook was reluctant to make a call against a foreign government (call out Russia – delete pages, claiming any government was subversive), thus, Facebook OUTSOURCED the decision to the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Lab, which was located in a 12’x12′ DC office. THESE are the FOUR PEOPLE who decided which Facebook pages or posts “looked Russian”, by comparing posts to other similar posts…. wherein the Atlantic Council claimed to have some geopolitical expertise.
Huh? It’s all subjective, but the lab claims to use “software and other tools” and sounds official. I mean a “digital forensic lab” makes me think of Miami CSI, overlaid with The Who soundtrack, and a big building filled with people smarter than me. No, it was a judgement call, by an anti-Russian biased source, made by 4 people in a 12’x12′ room. Yet, the Atlantic Council became the censor/arbiter for Facebook and Facebook can keep arms – length liability. Cozy, eh? Why does this remind me of today’s NBA, wanting to have it both ways with Chinese Communists?
Therefore, when Facebook Executives testified before Congress and claimed $164,000 in ads (an amount equal to .00001822 of ad revenue for Facebook’s Q1 Ad revenue in 2017) were purchased by Russia, who sought to sow discord in the USA, by taking out ads against both Trump and Hillary during the 2016 election cycle……… it was NOT Facebook’s own interneral determination……… but rather the determination of the Atlantic Council and/or Facebook + Atlantic Council. No one told the American people a biased source was making a determination on what we can see.
The Reuter’s Article from August of 2018 goes on to explain the indictments against 13 people and 3 companies, Russians, who meddled in our elections. Yet today, their case is falling apart in a DC federal court. Additionally, we know the US Intel Community relied on Crowdstrike as the only entity to examine the DNC servers. We now know the basic premise of Crowdstrike theory (D-30 Howitzer tracking software was hacked in Ukraine was similar to the hack at DNC – both done by Cozy Bear) fell apart in March-April of 2017 when we learned the D30’s were not hacked, and CrowdStrike was forced to retract in May of 2017. Yet the entire press and intel community still persists, “Russia is our boogeyman”…… but the animosity toward Russia is based on a failed CrowdStrike report and 4 people in a “lab” or 12’x 12′ office in DC, founded by Obama partisans? Where is the proof?
The lab was founded by Brookie, a National Security Council advisor in the last four years of the Obama administration. Ben Nimmo is a co-founder. He joined after stints as a journalist covering the Baltic states as they sparred with Russia a decade ago and as a spokesman for NATO on Russia and Ukraine. On a recent visit to the head office, the often-traveling Washington staff of four were packed around three desks pushed to the center of the room.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-cyber/u-s-think-tanks-tiny-lab-helps-facebook-battle-fake-social-media-idUSKBN1KS22N
The Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Lab is growing. Today, they seek out fake news, make pronouncements, all over the world, which are dutifully minded as “accurate” by a complacent international press. The Lab has been active in elections in Brazil and recently in Mexico. Check out the big presentation in London:
Here, the swanky new logo “DFR LAB” (which is really the Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Lab), was the arbiter, and Facebook took down Pro-Indonesia pages in Papua, New Guinea, https://medium.com/dfrlab
Here, the DFR pretends to expose “Kremlin Activity” in Poland….. Ahhh, those Russian boogeyman are our favorites. https://medium.com/dfrlab/kremlin-disinformation-mill-targets-poland-d4d07bb8d2b1
Here, the DFR weighs in on politics in Spain…. aaaaaaaaanddddd Facebook and Twitter dutifully take down pages. https://medium.com/dfrlab/facebook-and-twitter-remove-accounts-connected-to-spanish-political-party-9218db0a3d95
Don’t think it’s just about politics, though. The DFR weighs in on “fake information” about 5G all over social media. Gee whiz, I can’t wait for the DFR’s opinion on vaccinations, or climate change, or what I should eat for dinner. I couldn’t possibly discern my opinion on any issue by myself.
If it’s true that 2/3rds of people get their news from social media outlets, then the DFR have been able to consolidate power over our information flow to a very small subset of people who have a CLEAR and historic agenda. The DFR have become the people behind the curtain.
Hat Tip to Allison and Jamcooker. It was their lead which I followed, down to footnote #17 (no kidding), which led to this information. Always, always, always, read the footnotes. Thank you.
It would be impossible for us to ever know ALL the pieces to this puzzle of disinformation. Let’s not get cocky. Much will be hidden. Yet, we will keep digging and we will never give up.