Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus – The Citizen Lab

This report describes an extensive Russia-linked phishing and disinformation campaign. It provides evidence of how documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic of Russia was tampered with and then “leaked” to achieve specific propaganda aims. We name this technique “tainted leaks.” The report illustrates how the twin strategies of phishing and tainted leaks are sometimes used in combination to infiltrate civil society targets, and to seed mistrust and disinformation. It also illustrates how domestic considerations, specifically concerns about regime security, can motivate espionage operations, particularly those targeting civil society.

Source: Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus – The Citizen Lab

Seth Rich murder conspiracy theory

Seth Rich was a staffer with the Democratic National Committee who worked on voter access projects. In July 2016, he was murdered in the early morning near his Washington home. The case remains unsolved and it is believed by police to have been a botched robbery. However, a number of right-wing pundits have claimed that Rich was the informant that gave WikiLeaks the emails used against Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

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Trump/Russia/WikiLeaks Connection Fact Page

The allegations surrounding possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia is a major story and is a rather complicated web of contradictory statements and shadowy operations. The issues is not one that can be easily explained in a single post. Plus, there is an aspect to the topic that includes WikiLeaks. To document these facts, I have created a set of pages dedicated to this topic.

For the foreseeable future, the page Trump / Russia / WikiLeaks Connections is going to be a work in progress and it will be updated when new facts are learned about these potential connections and possible misdeeds. Feel free to visit and browse. If you have any comments, feel free to add them to this post (they might not be available on the pages).

Did Iraq possess Weapons of Mass destruction as claimed by President George W. Bush?

In March 2003, President George W. Bush authorized Operation Iraqi Freedom for the purposes of removing Saddam Hussein from power. The main justification was that Iraq possessed and sought to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Even now, the claim that Bush lied about Iraqi WMD comes up on occasion.

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