Integrity Initiative/Cluster/Netherlands

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Founder• Integrity Initiative
• Dutch Ministry of Defence
• Katharine Klačanský
• Maria de Goeij?
LeaderSijbren de Jong
InterestsUniversity of Amsterdam, University of Leiden, Cold War 2.0, Yevhen Fedchenko, Stopfake
Interest ofNetherlands Atlantic Association
Exposed byIntegrity Initiative/Leak/1
Membership• Gaby van den Berg?
• Sijbren de Jong
• Ida Eklund-Lindwall
• Yevhen Fedchenko
• Rianne Siebenga
• Jerry Sullivan
• Hunter B. Treseder
• Chris Quick
The Integrity Initiative's Dutch Cluster, set up with help from the Dutch MOD

The Dutch Cluster of the Integrity Initiative was exposed by the first Integrity Initiative Leak, which included a membership list.[1] Subsequent leaks revealed further details.


The group was set up in Summer 2017, very possibly around the closed door Answering Russia's Strategic Narratives meeting.[1]

Answering Russia's Strategic Narratives

Full article: Answering Russia's Strategic Narratives
Katharine Klačanský's Linkedin page on 2 January 2021, which names her as organiser of Answering Russia's Strategic Narratives

Answering Russia's Strategic Narratives was a one day event on 22 June 2017 organised by The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, which described it as a "conference", although it was by invitation only. Reports from the HCSS from after the meeting revealed Stopfake and the East StratCom Task Force granted their database (of files on media sources, individuals and their role in reporting Russian news or interests of Russian media) to the HCSS for an "offensive" to set-up sites and institutes that would "monitor Russian dinformation", seemingly explaining the reason Ida Eklund-Lindwall and Yehchen Fedchenko became part of the Dutch Cluster of the IfS.[2]


Gaby van den Berg was reportedly "Very interested in IFS", according to a document from the Integrity Initiative leak which reported "Maria to follow up: meet-up end of July. Will invite her into Dutch cluster and first cluster meeting in September 2018 (although she lives in London)."[3]


The group was revealed by the first Integrity Initiative Leak.[1]

Memory hole

Several activists and twitter users openly engaged in discussion with Dutch US correspondents and even Sijbren de Jong himself, only to be ignored or become the victim of "whataboutism" about William Barr, Muellergate or other Trump-distractions.[4][5]


Related Quotations

AIVD“Everyone spies”AIVD2020
Answering Russia's Strategic Narratives“Russia’s disinformation campaigns have enabled the Kremlin to sow divisions in Europe’s societies. Countering these actions requires the development of effective, multi-layered strategies, tactics and capabilities. HCSS organizes a conference on 22 June 2017 to bring together and expand upon a network of stakeholders involved in countering Russian societal interference in European countries.

Through the exchange of governmental responses used at the military and foreign policy level, and the experiences of societal bottom-up initiatives and fact-checking collaborative initiatives, we can begin to build an increasingly coherent response to Russia’s strategic narratives.

The explicit goal is to foster a self-sustaining network that can act as a dissemination point in countering Russian disinformation and other kinds of malign interference. Through the stimulation of debate, participants will produce a concise overview that will take stock of best practices and perspectives for action.”


Known members

7 of the 8 of the members already have pages here:

Ida Eklund-LindwallAn anti-Russian, ex-Amnesty International member of the Dutch cluster of the II, promoted as an expert on "disinformation".
Yevhen FedchenkoThe head of stopfake. Traumatized by the 2014 Ukraine coup. II-member.
Sijbren de JongA vocal strategic analyst for the IfS, vitally helped with the set-up of the Dutch Cluster of the II with his employer and the Dutch MOD.
Chris QuickGlobal Engagement Center. Tech specialist for cyber-warfare
Rianne SiebengaA secretive colleague of II-member Sijbren de Jong specialized in "counterterrorism".
Jerry SullivanA very experienced retired soldier and current Department of State-officer named part of the Dutch Cluster for the II of the IfS.
Hunter TresederA communication strategist for the US Global Engagement Center mentioned as member of the Dutch Cluster of the II.


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Progress report on establishing national clustersWikispooks Page2 November 2018A report on building of a network of cells to monitor and influence public opinion
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