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Disinformation and the US DNC emails leak controversy – Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast

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In this episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, the crew are joined by Invoice Goodwin to talk about the function of disinformation within the 2016 Democratic Nationwide Committee emails leak

In this episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Computer Weekly investigations editor Invoice Goodwin joins Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna to talk about the function of disinformation within the 2016 US Democratic Nationwide Committee emails leak.

The story at the center of the episode used to be by Duncan Campbell, a properly-identified and, as Invoice says, a colorful investigative journalist.

On the podcast, Invoice recalls highlights of Campbell’s profession sooner than the crew salvage into the broad majority of the dialogue. (Campbell used to be the C within the infamous ABC trial in 1978 and presented and researched a direction-breaking BBC Scotland series, Secret Society, in 1987).

Invoice says the massive-instruct topic discussed in this episode of the podcast is disinformation on the secure – what does and would now not characterise it. Moreover, how social media must be regulated, and how the Russian international intelligence provider has been, according to US intelligence sources, intervening in it.

On the podcast, Invoice explains disinformation as now not being so grand about telling enormous lies, but about creating distraction and spreading confusion. So, publishing an article that contains facts, but usually inappropriate ones, after which “constructing a total edifice of recommendation on high of that”.

The background to the authentic, true-world story discussed on the podcast runs indulge in this. In 2016, the US Democratic Birthday party’s Nationwide Committee (the DNC) suffered a theft of emails that were published by WikiLeaks apt sooner than the occasion’s national conference. The emails seemed as if it would present off bias against Bernie Sanders and for Hillary Clinton amongst the Democratic Nationwide Committee, an avowedly unbiased body.

The emails were stolen by a hacker or hackers, who were supposed to be Russian international intelligence (GRU) officers, according to the 2019 Robert Mueller investigation into Russian interference within the 2016 US presidential election, and a Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee account.

(For these routine with the bureaucracy of the Russian security products and companies, the Glavnoje Razvedyvatel’noje Upravlenije [GRU] is the international defense power intelligence agency of the Russian federation’s defense power. Its focal point is external, whereas the FSB, as successor to the KGB, is internally focused).

Seth Rich, a DNC worker murdered in July 2016, changed into the posthumous target for an replacement and pretend idea for the initiate of the theft and leak that changed into common with apt-wing conspiracy theorists. Primarily based on the conspiracy idea, he used to be killed in retribution for the leak.

Invoice relates on the podcast how lies about Seth Rich persevered to flow till January 2020.

And, as Duncan Campbell wrote in his story: “The Rich family has now bought a movement of plump retractions, as properly as tens of millions of greenbacks in compensation for intentional emotional smash, for what court documents described as ‘loss of life threats and cruel on-line harassment’.”

Invoice recounts, on the podcast, how some British participants changed into interested on-line with the controversy surrounding the DNC leaks, on the total the utilization of pseudonyms and pretend profile images in an are attempting to disguise their identities.

There is one other twist to this on-line exercise, which is that an unknown anonymous informant called “Forensicator” has publicised claims and detailed hacking facts regarding the DNC files published by WikiLeaks. That came to the attention, says Invoice, of used US president Donald Trump, who used to be allegedly in a doubtless exculpation of the Russian intelligence provider from the price of hacking the DNC – in contradiction to the abovementioned Senate Intelligence Committee account on Russian interference within the 2016 US election.

One other facet of the DNC leaked emails controversy is, says Invoice, the ostensible emergence of a Romanian-based hacker who claimed to be the true infiltrator of the DNC, Guccifer 2.0. The Mueller account and the Senate Intelligence Committee came to affirm this persona as a entrance for the Russian international intelligence provider.

“Nothing is as it appears in this world of smoke and mirrors,” concludes Invoice of this world of conspiracy theories and disinformation. But at the least the Rich family were vindicated.

Podcast music courtesy of Joseph McDade

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