Simon Bracey-Lane

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(propagandist?, spook?)
Simon Bracey-Lane.jpg
Credit: AFP
NationalityUK
Alma materUniversity of Leicester
Member ofInstitute for Statecraft, Institute for Statecraft/Tor team, Integrity Initiative
Interests • Cold war
• Cold war 2.0
A "highly improbable left wing firebrand" who worked for the Institute for Statecraft and whom they denied was a spook.

Simon Bracey-Lane is a member of the Institute for Statecraft of reportedly contradictory political inclinations[1] who was described in December 2018 by Craig Murray as a "highly improbable left wing firebrand".[2] He described his "Personal area of expertise" as follows:

  • "Understanding of American politics, from President to Local Party.
  • Shaping public opinion and movement building.
  • Network development.
  • Political instincts."[3]


Background

Simon Bracey-Lane attended Saint Cecilia's in Wandsworth from 2004-2011 and studied History and American Studies at the University of Leicester from 2011-2014. His skills are listed as "Customer Service, Research, Management, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Teaching, Public Speaking, Strategic Planning, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel"[4]

Activities

Simon Bracey-Lane working for Bernie Sanders.jpg

Simon Bracey-Lane was a volunteer field organiser for Bernie Sanders. He wrote [When?] "I had two weeks left and some money left, so I thought, Fuck it, I’ll make some calls for Bernie Sanders. I just sort of knew Des Moines was the place, so I just turned up at their HQ, started making phone calls, and then became a fully fledged field organiser.”[5]

Skills

“Currently runs the IfSIntegrity Initiative” network communications and network development process; deep experience in democratic election campaign processes in UK and especially in USA, viz: Regional Campaign Organiser: John Wisniewski for Governor of New Jersey, USA. January - May 2017; Statewide Campaign Organiser: Bernie Sanders for President 2016, USA. Sept 2015 – May 2016; special study of Russian interference in the US electoral process.”
Simon Bracey-Lane (2018)  The Institute for Statecraft Expert Team v 3.pdf [6]

Reporting

Bracey-Lane's actions appear to have attracted a remarkable degree of press attention. Both Reuters and BuzzFeed news wrote about Simon Bracey-Lane's work for the Bernie Sanders campaign.[7][8] He was also interviewed by AFP.[1]

As an Integrity Initiative employee, Bracey-Lane went to the Balkans and attended a National Endowment for Democracy event in Bosnia (17th -19th May) and a 2BS Event in Montenegro. (21st –23rd May)

Comment

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Craig Murray comments that "It is, to say the least, very interesting indeed that just a year later the left wing, “Corbyn and Sanders supporting” Bracey-Lane is hosting a very right wing event, Cold War Then and Now, for the shadowy neo-con Institute for Statecraft, at which an entirely unbalanced panel of British military, NATO and Ukrainian nationalists extolled the virtues of re-arming against Russia...

I am not alleging Mr Bracey-Lane is an intelligence service operative who previously infiltrated the Labour Party and the Sanders campaign. He may just be a young man of unusually heterodox and vacillating political opinions. He may be an undercover reporter for the Canary infiltrating the Institute for Statecraft. All these things are possible, and I have no firm information."[2]

Official denial

The Institute for Statecraft posted a denial in late 2018 that Bracey-Lane was an intelligence service operative, which they subsequently removed.

 

Quotes by Simon Bracey-Lane

PageQuoteDateSource
Cover“What might prevent us from achieving our aims?: Lack of clear messaging, are we IFS or are we II.2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/4
Greg Rowett“spoke well and hit all the IfS points: peacetime mentality during war/Russian vocab all based on warfare/rate of change in society dramatic/need for universal glossary. Algorithms key – we need to start gaming these algorithms and put pressure onto the companies hosting these disinformation campaigns. Deliver message that we're willing and able to push back.”December 2017Integrity/Initiative/Leak/2

 

Events Planned

EventLocation(s)Description
Cold War Then and Now?London
City of London School
UK
A free conference that appears to have been part of a broader campaign by the Institute for Statecraft to promote Cold War 2.0.
Workshop on Identifying and Combating Disinformation in Big DataUS
Seattle

 

Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)
Workshop on Identifying and Combating Disinformation in Big Data13 December 2018 08:00:0013 December 2018 12:00:00US
Seattle


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