In the side-bar of this site, under the ‘Internet Issues’ category, I have provided links to a number of interesting articles, in relation to techniques including ‘astro-turfing’ and other government and commercial strategies. These strategies are currently being used to manipulate social media, including Twitter and Facebook.
Included is information in relation to U.S. Military Intelligence, which is currently using military personnel to run multiple propaganda accounts on social media websites. A single personnel member can run up to fifty of these ‘sock-puppet’, i.e. multiple, accounts at the same time.
The U.S. Government and other organisations, are also contract-employing marketing companies around the world, to conduct this social media ‘persona management’. These marketing companies are using such propaganda accounts at this time. The U.S. Military and contracted marketing companies, are also using multiple ‘metal gear sock-puppet’ accounts. These accounts are operated by soft-ware which provides a capacity to present vastly falsely-inflated statistics to support any viewpoint considered desirable, for example to present an impression that many Twitter account holders are opposed to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. These accounts also attempt to influence public opinion by the use of propaganda, smear, false information and polemic.
Catch-phrases and profanities are programmed into ‘metal gear sock-puppet’ software to add authenticity and create an impression of a human operator. Some are programmed to pick up on key words such as “Israel”, “Palestine”, “Assange” or “Wikileaks” etc. The intention behind these accounts is to chip away at public opinion and the credibility of government detractors and activists, as well as to gather intelligence about opposition groups and individuals.
The use of such accounts to attack Julian Assange and WikiLeaks
Multiple ‘sock puppet’ accounts are currently being used to attempt to damage the credibility of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, by spreading false information and to falsely inflate the perception of opposition.
Below is a short list of anti-Assange trolling accounts. Many are multiple “sock-puppet” accounts, being operated by the same paid employees of marketing companies, whose bills are being paid by entities such as the U.S. Government. Some of these accounts belong to actual people, however misguided, who are operating multiple accounts for the same purpose. Many of these Twitter accounts tend to ‘follow’ each other and it is often easy to spot a single operator is using multiple accounts. With most of them, their follower support appears to be pathetically limited, even with the multiple account holders following them.
Often it is easy to spot who is operating the same accounts by which accounts pop up together to verbally harass anyone commenting in support of Assange or seen contradicting an anti-Assange troll. This reminds me of how animals puff themselves up to make themselves look bigger.
A few of the below-listed accounts appear to belong to people who are simply misguided but who are listed here because they dishonestly use multiple accounts and deliberately provide false information to smear WikiLeaks and its supporters.
I have noticed that there are a large number of dormant trolling accounts which have been set up and are waiting to be used. These accounts often retweet a few WikiLeaks and other tweets, to give an impression of authenticity and attract persons interested in WikiLeaks, so that they can then mislead them and manipulate their opinions.
I have listed just a few of the recent obvious trolling accounts I have come across. My purpose is to demonstrate the sick tactics that governments are indulging in to manipulate the public and blind us to the truth. These accounts themselves are merely a symptom of the greater disease inflicting the internet community and the world.
Some ‘common and garden’ anti-WikiLeaks troll accounts:-
@PGPBoard a.k.a. Alan Taylor, has previously been discussed, in another post. He appears to have little understanding of the legalities and social issues associated with WikiLeaks and Assange and, as such, usually quickly resorts to nasty insults and unsubstantiated smear. He recently reached a new low by referring to Assange’s mother, Christine, as a drug addict and ‘cult’ member. His limited level of sophistication is demonstrated by his tactic of referring to WikiLeaks supporters as ‘fan-girls’ and ‘cultists’.
Here are some of Alan Taylor’s charming tweets from 2 February, 2013.
This twisted individual seems to have influence and control over the more simple-minded anti-Assange trolls and runs a smear bulletin board as well as a web-site. Some of his personally controlled accounts are:-
@_capilano_ ,@ingeniarius08,@objectiviser, @Ackamrackus, @Wikihype and @Wikiwatcher
Taylor (@PGPBoard) also controls a pernicious anti-WikiLeaks website entitled ‘Wikiwatcher’. The site actively engages in smear, blatant disinformation and criminal slander. The link below contains examples of some, fairly sickening, ‘Wikiwatcher’ smear as researched by @abuVeliki.
Other anti-Assange trolling accounts are:-
@Joe4Liberty – Uses simple aeronautical terminology to present a ‘gung-ho’ all-American fighter pilot image but doesn’t understand pilot terminology when it’s used in response. This account appears to have been designed to appeal to the Republican / Tom Cruise Fan types.
@JulieBetts2017 – bot waiting to be used
The following accounts are ‘sock-puppets’ run by a single operator. This person has no knowledge or understanding of any of the legal or social issues involving WikiLeaks or Assange and quickly resorts to name-calling and misogyny. This person commences attacking WikiLeaks supporters, despite being blocked, after searching for Tweets using the hast-tags. He is easy to spot by the broken English and patronising use of the word “sweety” etc. Generally attacks supporters using at least two accounts at once but denies this.
It appears that this person now has a brand new trolling account called @8364uhfAja – using the name of Stella Myers.
See also: @scoobynote,@braingarbage,@catfitz,@0xDeadbea7,@Danaemf0115,
@EvaCat, @Yepp_ , @IlNick4U : These accounts are used by the same misguided person who uses stock photos from the same company as those previously used by misogynist @Mark2Anders. When this was identified, this latter account quickly changed his bio photos, in an attempt to maintain the ruse.
The fact that governments will spend money on these sordid activities demonstrates just how much of a threat they consider Julian Assange and WikiLeaks to be. Based on the U.S. Government’s announcements, re: vastly increased budget for ‘cyber-security’, one can only expect these sinister activities to increase exponentially, making it more crucial that these manipulative pretenders are ‘outed’ and their activities identified to the public.
Update – 5 February, 2013: ‘Cryptome’ have recently published a resource providing information in relation to techniques used by Intelligence Agencies to manipulate Forums and other Social Media and to discredit activists and opposing views by spreading misinformation. Here is the link:
My view is that it should be required reading for anyone who supports a view which is adverse to the political/military aims of the U.S. Government.
The article also helps to explain the fate of ‘WikiLeaks Forum’ (see Troll Watch Part 1). Their activities have prompted Christine Assange to recently tweet:
“WikiLeaks Forum have been infiltrated”
WikiLeaks itself has posted the following disclaimer on its website:
“The “WikiLeaks Forum” is not run or endorsed by WikiLeaks and has no connection to WikiLeaks whatsoever.”
Note: To date: ‘WikiLeaks Forum’ is still presenting itself as ‘endorsed’, posting a two year old letter on it’s website to support this view, despite this falsity having been pointed out on a number of occasions. The Forum is still using the WikiLeaks graphics to promote itself, while the Forum’s owner “Mark” and Administrators attack and repeatedly troll WikiLeaks supporters, referring to us as “groupies”, “culties” etc. I, myself, recently received about 30 abusive messages in about an hour including comments that I was a (male) “gay groupie” who was “knee deep in [my] own shit”. Tellingly, Alan Taylor’s off-sider, @AdamFred5″, jumped to this person’s defence. The Forum is maintaining a close relationship with ‘Wikiwatcher’, the site owned by Alan Taylor. Interestingly enough, the abuse, towards myself, seems to have been prompted by my publishing Taylor’s ‘News of the world’ photograph.
I provide this information only to reinforce and warn that WikiLeaks Forum has been completely, as Christine Assange has stated, “infiltrated”.