The Russians are coming again, and again, and again. A sinister Russian propaganda/disinformation/trolling/interference/meddling/hacking campaign has been uncovered yet again … on Reddit. You see, shortly before the recently concluded UK national election, in which the clownish Boris Johnson made mincemeat of the decent Jeremy Corbyn, documents were leaked pertaining to trade negotiations between the UK and the US.
The leaked documents were presented in redacted form by Corbyn’s Labour Party, as they judged them to be in the public interest and damaging to the Tories.
Last week, a post on Reddit titled “Suspected Campaign from Russia on Reddit” asserted the following:
“We were recently made aware of a post on Reddit that included leaked documents from the UK. We investigated this account and the accounts connected to it, and today we believe this was part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia.”
Note the use of equivocal phrases such as “we believe” and “has been reported as.” Such language is code for: “we don’t know this to be true but we would like it to be.”
It’s like when intelligence agencies state that they have “high confidence” in their assessment of this or that. According to legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, that means “we really don’t know squat.”
But back to Reddit. The post goes on to say:
“Suspect accounts on Reddit were recently reported to us, along with indicators from law enforcement, and we were able to confirm that they did indeed show a pattern of coordination. We were then able to use these accounts to identify additional suspect accounts that were part of the campaign on Reddit.
“This group provides us with important attribution for the recent posting of the leaked UK documents, as well as insights into how adversaries are adapting their tactics.”
The Atlantic Council, in case you’re curious, is funded in part by the US State Department and NATO. It is a highly politicized organization and any of its “findings” are to be taken with an entire bag of salt. Reddit provides no evidence that these accounts or that this irregular behavior was part of some campaign directed by the Kremlin, but that’s obviously what they’re implying. The big media outlets ran with the story, needless to say. Just as they did with the DNC email hack (still not proven) and the Skripal affair (questions remain) and the chemical weapons attacks in Syria (narratives unraveling as I write).
Eh, evidence is overrated anyway.