Integrity Initiative/Leak/7

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Integrity Initiative Leak 7.png
Date25 March 2019
ExposedEXPOSE Network
DescriptionThe final tranche of Integrity Initiative documents, released in March 2020, which gave an impression of the scale of the multi-million pound operation

The 7th tranche of the Integrity Initiative Leak was posted on 25 March 2019. The previous leak, Integrity Initiative Leak 6 had been on 8 February 2019. The main revelation of the seventh (and apparently final) tranche of the Integrity Initiative Leak was the EXPOSE Network, a £9.75M bid for funding which was unsuccessful.

EXPOSE Network

Full article: EXPOSE Network
EXPOSE Network proposal.jpg

The EXPOSE Network was a proposed alliance (with a budget of over £3,000,000/year) to counter "Russian Disinformation". The 3 directors were planned to be Chris Donnelly (Institute for Statecraft), Amil Khan (Aktis, Chatham House) and Louis Brooke (Zinc Network).

Active Measure Proposal

Leak 7 included a document, Active Measure Proposal 14.10.2018.pdf which exemplifies the hypocrisy of the Integrity Initiative:

“Active Measures are currently and continuously in use by Russia across what they see as a single global theatre of operations. These Measures are designed to alter population perception to create an artificial reality that benefits Russia. This includes influence at many levels through existing societal frameworks and by undermining the rules of international governance...

[Proposal of activities about purported Russian influence continues, to be staff by two experts and have a "proposed £100,00[1] budget".]

[The advice concludes:]

This project is best undertaken outside direct government control to minimise the inevitable accusation of being part of an orchestrated state-sponsored active measure. Using the IfS extensive and trusted network, including its existing Integrity Initiative, can keep the project somewhat under the radar while still accessing state and non-state actors that may not be so open with central government approaches in this area.”
Unknown (14 October 2018)  [citation needed]

Unreferenced claims of a Russian orchestrated campaign are absolutely routine for the II. This document is a good illustration of projection by the II.

Terms of Reference.pdf

“* Ability to handle sensitive information, an awareness of acting on behalf of HMG and acting accordingly, and be party to strict non-disclosure agreement;”
Unknown (14 October 2018)  [citation needed]



Page nameDescription
Document:A Network of NGOs Technical ProposalA central II document. "Project Risk: Project interpreted as UK-sponsored disinformation or ‘troll factory’, seriously undermining UK reputation and agenda in this space"
Document:Proposal to understand and counter Russian Active Measures
Document:Upskilling to Upscale: Unleashing the Capacity of Civil Society to Counter DisinformationA central II-document. The master plan for a huge network of British-directed NGOs in Europe. ‘Disinformation’ refers to everything not fitting the Western government narrative...
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  1. sic. Presumably £100,000