How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, Destroy Reputations by Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept

One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series ofarticles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums.

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Campfire dinners

These are a few dinners that I make when I am out camping. They might not be ideal for multi-day backpacking trips, but it’s a nice way to avoid eating a can of cold spaghetti-o’s when you’re out in the woods.

  • Heavy duty aluminum foil (don’t buy the non-stick kind) and a good pocket knife or paring knife will be needed.
  • Make single-serving sized pouches. If you put everything in one big pouch, it won’t cook properly & it’s more likely to tear apart.
  • Put the pouches in the fire, but on the edges of the fire & where the flame is lower so you can reach them quickly (with tongs or a stick– don’t grab them with your hands). Alternatively, wait until the campfire burns down to white coals.
  • Seriously don’t grab the pouches directly with your hands. Hot aluminum foil will shape itself to your skin and you will have terrible terrible burns. I know this from experience.
  • This is a foil pouch
  • You can make individual baggies of spices that you can add to the food (for example, you can make a baggie of salt, pepper, and garlic powder). This way you don’t have to pack entire spice bottles, but you can still make your food more interesting.
  • There aren’t really set measurements for the recipes because I don’t bring measuring utensils when I go camping. Use the amount of food that feels right.
  • Make sure you are using a cooler with ice if you are going to bring meat.

Recipe one

  1. 1 large idaho potato or multiple smaller red potatoes
  2. 1 vidalia onion (or whatever is on sale)
  3. 1 pepper (bell, poblano, cubanelle– whatever you want)
  4. Optional: meat cut into bite size pieces 
  5. If you don’t use meat, you’ll need to add some sort of fat (vegetable oil, butter, etc) to keep the food from sticking, but you won’t need a lot
  6. Cut all of the food into bite size pieces. Cut the potatoes smaller than the other food so it cooks at about the same rate. 
  7. Divide everything evenly into foil pouches & place on the fire. Check after about 10 minutes, but the time will vary depending on the size of your fire and your food chunks. It’ll be ready when the meat and potatoes are both cooked.

Recipe two

  1. Hamburger meat (no less than 90% lean)
  2. Cheese– your favorite kind, but I use cheddar. Shredded cheese is easier to use, but block cheese cut into pieces will also work.
  3. Onion
  4. Potato
  5. Other vegetables you want to add (peppers, etc)
  6. Cut everything into pieces and divide into the foil pouches. Cook the same way as the first recipe.

Globalization and the Environment Collide in Mary Iverson’s Mixed Media Paintings of Shipping Containers

Mary Iverson fills natural and manmade landscapes with colorful shipping containers, objects haphazardly stacked on each other and taking up a majority of the otherwise tranquil scenes. The containers and boxes are cross-hatched with overlaid lines, connecting them a predetermined pattern seemingly known only by the artist.


Hello! despite it being the middle of summer where I am, I am doing knitting commissions again! I am best at mittens and fingerless gloves but I can also do hats if you want. Pictured above are some things I’ve knit before but if you send me a picture of something you like that you’ve seen elsewhere I will tell you if I’m willing to do it or not. 

For gloves I will need the measurements marked on the diagram (circumference of wrist, circumference of thumb, length from start of palm to end of longest finger, length of longest finger, distance from wrist to that weird flappy bit of skin between your thumb and first finger)

For hats I will need the circumference of your head! If your head is particularly large or small let me know so I can make sure its long enough etc.

Pricing varies depending on the item you want, how many colours you want and the fibre you want it to be made from but will generally vary between £15-25. I will ship internationally and probably use bigcartel for transactions.

Send me an ask for a quote :)