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offsite link COVID-19 Virus has a Genetic Feature Never Found in Nature that Lab Scientists Use to Track Engineer... Tue Jun 08, 2021 23:51 | Will Jones
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Leaked Docs Expose Massive Syria Propaganda Operation Waged By Western Govt Contractors & Media

category international | anti-war / imperialism | other press author Monday September 28, 2020 23:15author by 1 of indy Report this post to the editors

Western Govts were backing ISIS and other Terrorists in Syria and acting as their PR peope

Remember all the hospitals apparently bombed by Assad in Syria. If you were a keen observer you would have counted at least 100. I doubt there is that many hospitals in the whole country. Well it was all Western propaganda. Today a series of leaks shows how Western powers acted as the PR front for the terrorists and "rebels" in Syria. The West was actually backing ISIS. Yes, ISIS the head chopping terrorist group. One has to wonder about all the ISIS / Terrorist attacks in Europe, if the same powers have been backing them in Syria. Is their a link. That has to be. This report comes from zero hedge regarding the main leak of documents linking the Western governments running of the successful disinformation campaign. Ever wonder why when Russia entered Syria they managed to destroy over 1200 ISIS oil tanker trucks in a few nights and slash their fund raising in the process whilst up to down with all the satellites, drones, electronic surveillance and everything else, the US and NATO forces could not find them. And how the media used to talk of ISIS being unstoppable. They are unstoppable when you support them and do nothing to stop them.

Here are some extracts from the report but it is well worth reading the full report because it is pretty damming and shows that despite all the hype Western government would appear to be the main backers and supporters of terrorism and war around the world with Syria simply a case in point. If they are doing that in Syria, they have done it every where else that matters to them.

Western government-funded intelligence cutouts trained Syrian opposition leaders, planted stories in media outlets from BBC to Al Jazeera, and ran a cadre of journalists. A trove of leaked documents exposes the propaganda network.

Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria’s political and armed opposition.

Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their political narratives to their branding, from what they said to where they said it.

The leaked files reveal how Western intelligence cutouts played the media like a fiddle, carefully crafting English- and Arabic-language media coverage of the war on Syria to churn out a constant stream of pro-opposition coverage.

US and European contractors trained and advised Syrian opposition leaders at all levels, from young media activists to the heads of the parallel government-in-exile. These firms also organized interviews for Syrian opposition leaders on mainstream outlets such as BBC and the UK’s Channel 4.

It has been said many times by many people that the BBC is a propaganda outfit. It is hard to reconcile when it can make such good programs whether in the arts or science but when it comes to the political, it certainly rings true. Al Jazeera which is owned by the Gulf puppet state of Qatar (and formerly a British asset from 1916-71) cannot be expected to be a beacon of democracy when it operates and broadcast out of a near feudal state, even though the quality of programs might be good and quite professional, do not be deceived by the content. It is principally there as a propaganda assault on the Arab world.

For more on Qatar and it's links to ISIS and general butchery see: Former Qatari PM confirms: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and US are supporting ISIS in Syria and How a US and Qatari regime change deception produced ‘Caesar’ sanctions driving Syria towards famine

Western government PR firms not only influenced the way the media covered Syria, but as the leaked documents reveal, they produced their own propagandistic pseudo-news for broadcast on major TV networks in the Middle East, including BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, and Orient TV.

These UK-funded firms functioned as full-time PR flacks for the extremist-dominated Syrian armed opposition. One contractor, called InCoStrat, said it was in constant contact with a network of more than 1,600 international journalists and “influencers,” and used them to push pro-opposition talking points.

The next piece provides more evidence that the so called "White Helmets" who were portrayed as peace keepers were in fact real terrorists. It shows the depth of the depravity and cynicism of the mainstream media and of the oligarchy ruling elite that profit from this murder.

Another Western government contractor, ARK, crafted a strategy to “re-brand” Syria’s Salafi-jihadist armed opposition by “softening its image.” ARK boasted that it provided opposition propaganda that “aired almost every day on” major Arabic-language TV networks.

The files confirm reporting by journalists including The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal on the role of ARK, the US-UK government contractor, in popularizing the White Helmets in Western media. ARK ran the social media accounts of the White Helmets, and helped turn the Western-funded group into a key propaganda weapon of the Syrian opposition.

The leaked documents consist mainly of material produced under the auspices of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. All of the firms named in the files were contracted by the British government, but many also were running “multi-donor projects” that received funding from the governments of the United States and other Western European countries.

Full report at link

Related Link: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/leaked-docs-expose-massive-syria-propaganda-operation-waged-western-govt-contractors
 
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