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2020年11月08日

Bellingcat やはりハチャメチャの団体だ スクリパル事件でもよく出ていた

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Bellingcatは、ファクトチェックとオープンソースインテリジェンスを専門とする調査ジャーナリズムのウェブサイトです。英国のジャーナリストで元ブロガーのエリオットヒギンズによって2014年7月に設立されました。

※ Peter Hitchens@ClarkeMicah氏の2020/11/8のツイート
Bellingcat apologises for falsely accusing me of dishonesty.
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※ Bellingcat@bellingcatの2020/11/8のツイート
Two weeks ago in a Tweet, we accused Mr Hitchens of reporting dishonestly on events regarding the leaking of information from the OPCW.
Our accusation of dishonesty on his part was untrue. We unreservedly apologise to Mr Hitchens for this accusation and happily withdraw it.

※ Syrian Girlリマインダーリボンシリア国旗@Partisangirl氏の2020/11/8のツイート
You should still sue. They accused me of making Sarin at my university lab. No apologies.

RT2020/10/27
Bellingcat DID take UK Foreign Office money, open logs show, directly contradicting Eliot Higgins’ claims
By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions. Follow Kit on Twitter @KitKlarenberg
Controversial ‘open source investigations’ website Bellingcat was paid directly by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) at least once, official data shows, debunking its founder and chief’s claims to the contrary.

Suggestions that Bellingcat is a tool of Western governments, and funded by them directly, have long-abounded – and consistently been denied by founder and chief Eliot Higgins.

Such allegations reached fever pitch in late 2018, when files related to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) military intelligence operation Integrity Initiative were leaked by hacktivist collective Anonymous. The papers revealed the secret endeavour, among other things, worked to discredit left-leaning, anti-war figures at home and abroad, and maintained clandestine global networks of journalists, academics, and military and intelligence operatives to spread pro-Western propaganda and encourage more aggressive policies toward Moscow.

Several documents openly referred to Bellingcat, at least one suggesting the organizations were collaborating on certain projects – if true, this would in turn imply Bellingcat was in receipt of FCO cash. Higgins was repeatedly probed on the question via Twitter, but he strenuously denied Bellingcat had conducted any work for or with the Initiative, or received FCO funding.

However, publicly-available documents prove the latter contention, at least, to be an outright lie. As Declassified UK chief Matt Kennard revealed on Twitter on October 26, official FCO procurement figures make clear the department paid Bellingcat £1,800 on December 20 2018 for “consulting, management and public relations” services – mere days prior to several of Higgins’ spirited denials.

The precise nature of the “consulting, management and public relations” services rendered by the organization is unclear, although it may be related to shadowy FCO program Open Information Partnership (OIP).

Officially, under its auspices Bellingcat collaborates with the Atlantic Council’s DFRLab, Zinc Network and Media Diversity Institute to “work together through peer-to-peer learning, training and working groups to pioneer methods to expose disinformation,” in collaboration with a sizable network of NGOs across Europe.

However, leaked documents suggest the endeavor is in actuality an avowed “disinformation factory” itself, seeking to covertly further Whitehall’s global policy objectives, seeking to influence “elections taking place in countries of particular interest to the FCO,” and other malign objectives – and strongly suggest Integrity Initiative is involved in the endeavour, or at least was at some stage.

The Initiative’s parent ‘charity’ Institute for Statecraft was named as one of OIP’s partners alongside Bellingcat et al, a number of Initiative staff were to be seconded to OIP, and the Initiative’s “pre-existing pool of contacts” was intended to serve “as a springboard for the identification of new potential network members.”

Significantly, the documents also detail numerous examples of OIP partners collaborating prior to the program’s April 2019 launch – yet further indications Eliot Higgins was also lying when he denied Bellingcat had ever joined forces with the Integrity Initiative.

For instance, in Ukraine OIP collaborated with a dozen online ‘influencers’ “to counter Kremlin-backed messaging through innovative editorial strategies, audience segmentation, and production models that reflected the complex and sensitive political environment,” in the process allowing them to “reach wider audiences with compelling content that received over four million views.”

In Russia and Central Asia, OIP worked with a network of ‘YouTubers’ in Russia and Central Asia to create videos “promoting media integrity and democratic values.” Somewhat sinisterly, participants were also taught how to “make and receive international payments without being registered as external sources of funding” and “develop editorial strategies to deliver key messages,” while the organization minimized their “risk of prosecution” and managed “project communications” to ensure the existence of the network, and indeed OIP’s role, were kept “confidential.”

Bellingcat’s website notes the organization is an OIP partner, although the fact that the program is funded entirely by the FCO – a fact openly stated on OIP’s homepage – isn’t mentioned. Upon the endeavour’s launch, Higgins was keen to claim Bellingcat was “subcontracted” for the project by OIP partner Zinc Network, which in turn received FCO funds. A cynic might suggest this semantic fudge allowed him to maintain the fiction Bellingcat wasn’t funded directly by the FCO, thus preserving the myth the organization is an independent citizen journalist collective, while nonetheless being heavily bankrolled by the UK government.

Alternatively, it may be the case that Whitehall itself wishes to distance itself from Higgins. After all, a leaked FCO-commissioned appraisal of Bellingcat concluded the organization was “somewhat discredited, both by spreading disinformation itself, and by being willing to produce reports for anyone willing to pay.”

Whatever the truth of the matter, there are indications Bellingcat’s relationship with the FCO may extend far further than what can be pieced together from publicly-available information. A Freedom of Information request submitted to the FCO in January 2019 asked the department for all internal documents related to research on the Syrian crisis mentioning Bellingcat, particularly those relating to the use of chemical weapons in the country, and “any documents that refer to the reliability of Bellingcat as a source when drafting research assessments.”

In response, the FCO stated it could “neither confirm nor deny it holds information relevant to your request,” on the grounds of “safeguarding national security.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:19| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

集団免疫戦略の国で感染者激増 第2波か第3波か

米国の日次新規感染者数13万人で記録更新。米国民は100人に3人が陽性経験者。
米国新規感染者 日次

スウェーデンで感染者が急増。
スウェーデン 新規感染者7日移動平均のグラフ

新規感染者7日移動平均のグラフ スウェーデン、イスラエル、日本

スウェーデン 日次死亡者数のグラフ

日次死亡者数 イタリヤとスウェーデン

人口百万人当り日次死亡数 イスラエル、スウェーデン、日本

スウェーデンの首相が感染者と接触した人と密な接触があったようで自主隔離に入りました。自分と妻が速やかに検査を受けると言っています。スウェーデンは、検査件数は多いです。スウェーデンの千人当たり検査数
RT2020/11/5
Covid-19 death toll surpasses 6,000 in Sweden as PM warns situation ‘going in wrong direction quickly’
With five more fatalities on Thursday, Sweden’s Covid death toll has hit 6,002. The country is facing a “serious situation” due to a spike in infections, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said as he himself went into isolation.
Lofven announced that he’ll be working from home because a person from his social circle was in contact with someone who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
“It’s the only responsible thing to do in this situation,” the PM wrote on Facebook, adding that he and his wife will get tested as soon as possible, despite having no symptoms.
Sweden’s coronavirus case numbers were “going in the wrong direction quickly,” he pointed out, referring to the recent rise in infections across the country.
More people are infected. More people are dying. It is a serious situation.
Lofven called upon the public to listen to the recommendations from both the government and local authorities, practice hygiene, work from home if possible and stay indoors if showing symptoms.
“Together we’ll make sure that Sweden will pass this test,” he wrote.
The number of deaths from coronavirus in Sweden, which has a population of 10.3 million people, is several times higher than in other Nordic nations, but lower than in the UK or Spain.

※ 伊藤隼也@itoshunya氏の2020/11/6のツイート
東京都も感染爆発が間近でしょう。高齢者のいる家庭、福祉施設、病院は最大限の注意が必要です。格安旅行で盛り上がっている場合では無い!

・・・東京近郊での感染爆発を警戒する声が出ています。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:06| Comment(0) | Covid19

He is the traitor that gave the intel to the Americans !?



※ ZAIDイラク国旗@ZAIDIIQ氏の2020/11/8のツイート
Biden served as vice president from 2008 to 2016,& during his time, Iraq witnessed the presence of Al Qaeda & then ISIS. Obama & Biden refused to help Iraq when Maliki was PM, but rather caused numerous crises until Al-Abadi assumed power. Waiting for the next season’s surprises
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:28| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Top Russian scientists warn Covid-19 is mutating, but say changes to genome nothing to panic about & may even be beneficial

RT2020/11/7
Top Russian scientists warn Covid-19 is mutating, but say changes to genome nothing to panic about & may even be beneficial
ByJonny Tickle
With Covid-19 infections increasing worldwide, probably the last thing humanity needs is for the virus to mutate and become even harder to beat. A top Russian expert warns that process is already happening, but he also urges calm.

Speaking to the Moscow news agency RIA Novosti on Thursday, Alexander Gorelov, the deputy director of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology at Russia's state health watchdog, explained that the disease's genome has changed, but only very slightly.

“There are coronavirus mutations, but there is no aggravation of the infection,” Rospotrebnadzor's Gorelov said. “The mutation affects no more than one percent of the virus, so the currently available testing can detect the mutated coronavirus.”

Last month, Siberia's Vector Center, the institution that produced the country's second registered Covid-19 vaccine, noted that they had detected more than 80 mutations of the virus. According to Rinat Maksyutov, the facility's general director, the changes aren't significant enough to affect the vaccine's effectiveness.

“We constantly perform whole-genome sequencing and detect possible mutant variants,” Maksyutov said. “These changes are not critical and do not influence the effectiveness of the peptide vaccine developed.”

In October, Russian epidemiologist Anatoly Altshtein suggested Covid-19 mutations could actually be “beneficial to humans” by contributing to the disease's apparent decrease in lethality, explaining that the change is unlikely to be merely due to “medical achievement.” According to Altshtein, the coronavirus used to kill between 10 and 15 percent of those it infected, but now the number is around 0.5 percent.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:32| Comment(0) | Covid19