The Colonel’s Corner writes:

“Wow!! I wonder if this is why the Pentagon recently ordered a review of all their psyops… ”Amongst the data analysed, two distinct disinformation campaigns were identified. One is a previously exposed disinformation campaign run by the Pentagon, while the second comprises a previously unknown series of covert operations of unspecified origin.

The Stanford-Graphika researchers found in the datasets one campaign to be “linked to an overt US government messaging campaign called the Trans-Regional Web Initiative.” The first evidence of this program came from Washington-based thinktank, the Stimson Center, in 2012 — their report is now off-line but is archived here.

This “Web Initiative” influence program has been run by the U.S. military’s elite Special Operations Command (SOCOM) during the 2010s, deploying dozens of Military Information Support Operations (MISO) teams on psychological operations around the world at the request of military commanders in the field, and ambassadors in a range of U.S. embassies.

SOCOM had contracted some of its development work on the multimillion dollar disinformation operation to the Rendon Group, a C.I.A.-linked contractor notorious for influencing public opinion and Western media before the start of the Iraq War in 2003.

SOCOM’s influence operation included preparing websites that offer news, cultural reports, sports and other programming to “target audiences,” such as Southeast Europe Times and Central Asia Online. The websites “have the strong appearance of civilian journalism” and seek “to express the United States and its operations in a positive light.”

Covert Clusters Exposed

The newly-revealed covert clusters of the Information Operation (IO) received closer examination by the Stanford-Graphika report, which identified it as “the most extensive case of covert pro-Western IO on social media” so far examined by open-source researchers.”

The Pentagon as Pitchman: Perception and Reality of Public Diplomacy • Stimson Center

The Department of Defense has not institutionalized public diplomacy-like activities throughout its components, belying both hopes that it would internalize these broader concerns into its everyday activities, and fears that the Department’s great scale would overwhelm all other US public diplomacy. But the evolving, post Goldwater-Nichols role of the combatant commands and SOCOM did encourage … The Pentagon as Pitchman: Perception and Reality of Public Diplomacy Read More »

…previously exposed disinformation campaign run by the Pentagon, while the second comprises a previously unknown series of covert operations of unspecified origin.

The Stanford-Graphika researchers found in the datasets one campaign to be “linked to an overt US government messaging campaign called the Trans-Regional Web Initiative.” The first evidence of this program came from Washington-based thinktank, the Stimson Center, in 2012 — their report is now off-line but is archived here.

This “Web Initiative” influence program has been run by the U.S. military’s elite Special Operations Command (SOCOM) during the 2010s, deploying dozens of Military Information Support Operations (MISO) teams on psychological operations around the world at the request of military commanders in the field, and ambassadors in a range of U.S. embassies.

SOCOM had contracted some of its development work on the multimillion dollar disinformation operation to the Rendon Group, a C.I.A.-linked contractor notorious for influencing public opinion and Western media before the start of the Iraq War in 2003.

SOCOM’s influence operation included preparing websites that offer news, cultural reports, sports and other programming to “target audiences,” such as Southeast Europe Times and Central Asia Online. The websites “have the strong appearance of civilian journalism” and seek “to express the United States and its operations in a positive light.”

Covert Clusters Exposed

The newly-revealed covert clusters of the Information Operation (IO) received closer examination by the Stanford-Graphika report, which identified it as “the most extensive case of covert pro-Western IO on social media” so far examined by open-source researchers.”

consortiumnews.com/2022/09/23/exposed-covert-pro-western-info-op/