Fake Brexit murder plot and the other lies are planted online, by the Russian accounts: study

LONDON (Reuters) – In August, 2018, the Spanish authorities have uncovered a plot by an anti-Brexit used to kill the leading Brexiteer, and is now the favourite to be Britain’s next prime minister, Boris Johnson. Or did they?

An Anti-Brexit graffiti is to be seen in an underground car park space as well as the people in skateboarding, in London, Britain, on June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

This story and others like it were created by a network of social media accounts, working from Russia, have been trying to get in the seed of the false stories of more than 30 online platforms, as a study by the Atlantic Council (nac), the Digital Forensic Research Lab, has been found.

The effort is in the service of the scores of all the accounts in place in at least six languages and platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as a number of other blogs and forums.

The goal was to “divide, discredit, and” Western ” countries by the planting of false information, on topics ranging from allegations of British meddling in 2018, with the US mid-term elections to the Irish paramilitary involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain last year.

The network will be identified by the following compounds, a group of 16 accounts suspended by Facebook, and said that they were “a part of a little network coming from Russia.”

Western officials have warned that other countries, such as Russia, as well as the political groups, more and more, the dissemination of false or misleading information online, in order to interfere with the politics, and the public as a whole.

Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusations against him, most recently after the European Union said it had evidence of a “durable, misinformation, activity, from Russian sources, aiming at the abolition of the rise and influence of the voters’ preferences,” in the May elections for the European Parliament.

The Kremlin does not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council on SERVICES in the Lab, he said, the bills failed to attract a large following, probably due to the effort not to get caught, but the action was remarkable for its daring and fine-tuning.

“This transaction is trying to provoke discord among the countries of the west,” he said. “He did all of the documents on the basis of its accounts, the accounts of which reinforces each of them.

Nathaniel Gleicher, director of cybersecurity policy at Facebook, told Reuters that the accounts and the page is removed by Facebook in May, a small part of “a broader operation that, in the first place, be active on other platforms.”

“We know that these threats are not limited to a specific type of technology or service. The more we can work together to improve our community,” he said.

A Twitter spokesman said the company welcomed the findings and has had a team dedicated to the identification of, and investigation into the alleged platform for manipulation on Twitter, including the right of any state-sponsored activity.”


The alleged plot to kill Boris Johnson, started on the 8th of August last year, when a fake account on Facebook posted a letter, supposedly sent by the Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, to be a co-legislator.

In the letter, written in an informal, Spanish language, and with Borrell’s own name is misspelled, it says that the minister has been advised of the possibility of an attack on Boris Johnson and the radical Brexit opponents who want to stop him being nominated as the prime minister,” and would alert the British authorities.

Questions about the authenticity of the letter, a spokesman for the Borrell said the document was “FAKE, FAKE.” Boris Johnson, who is expected to be confirmed as prime minister the following month, and did not respond to requests for comment.

The SERVICES that the Lab said that the effect of the focus on the stories of support from the Kremlin, and of the linguistic errors typical of native Russian speakers supported Facebook’s assessment that the accounts were being operated from Russia.

“The scale of the project, its tradecraft, and its obsession with secrecy, to indicate that it was carried out by a continuous, fine-tuned and well-equipped organization, and possibly an intelligence agency, it SERVICES-Lab said in its report.

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One of the stories pushed out through the network to take a screenshot of a tweet allegedly posted and then deleted by the former British Minister of Defence, Gavin Williamson.

Pictures of the tweet listed in the blog posts, the online show Work to say to people who have been associated with the Real Irish Republican Army, had been delivered as a component of the nerve gas used to poison a former Russian military intelligence officer in the british city of Salisbury, in the previous year.

There is no record of the tweet will be sent from the Work account. A spokeswoman for Williamson did not respond to requests for comment.

Additional reporting by Belen Carreno, and Isla Binnie in Madrid, Editing by William Maclean

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