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 of articles 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
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