New report from Snowden leak shows British spy agency working to manipulate the internet

More than a year after The Guardian first announced the leak of classified National Security Agency documents, the fallout from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s massive information dump is still being felt. In a new report for The Intercept, journalist Glenn Greenwald details the frightening tools developed by the British NSA equivalent – GCHQ – to infiltrate the internet.

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“I want to start with this new revelation from the NSA that I haven’t seen anywhere,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “This is actually from Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.”

In an article entitled “Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet,” Greenwald breaks down the tools created by GCHQ’s Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG).” This information comes from the Snowden documents, and Greenwald describes these tactics as “some of the most startling methods of propaganda and internet deception contained within the Snowden archive.”

Greenwald exposes 15 of these so-called tools that come with “boastful code names,” which he puts in parenthesis at the end of each bullet point.

Below are the JTRIG tools as described by The Intercept:

• “Change outcome of online polls” (UNDERPASS)

• “Mass delivery of email messaging to support an Information Operations campaign” (BADGER) and “mass delivery of SMS messages to support an Information Operations campaign” (WARPARTH)

• “Disruption of video-based websites hosting extremist content through concerted target discovery and content removal.” (SILVERLORD)

• “Active skype capability. Provision of real time call records (SkypeOut and SkypetoSkype) and bidirectional instant messaging. Also contact lists.” (MINIATURE HERO)

• “Find private photographs of targets on Facebook” (SPRING BISHOP)

• “A tool that will permanently disable a target’s account on their computer” (ANGRY PIRATE)

• “Ability to artificially increase traffic to a website” (GATEWAY) and “ability to inflate page views on websites” (SLIPSTREAM)

• “Amplification of a given message, normally video, on popular multimedia websites (Youtube)” (GESTATOR)

• “Targeted Denial Of Service against Web Servers” (PREDATORS FACE) and “Distributed denial of service using P2P. Built by ICTR, deployed by JTRIG” (ROLLING THUNDER)

• “A suite of tools for monitoring target use of the UK auction site eBay (” (ELATE)

• “Ability to spoof any email address and send email under that identity” (CHANGELING)

• “For connecting two target phone together in a call” (IMPERIAL BARGE)

Read the entire report HERE.

In the aftermath of Snowden’s leak, when the scope of the NSA surveillance became clearer, many people brushed off the revelations because they feel as though they have nothing to hide. We are now reaching a time in which it doesn’t seem to matter if you are guilty or innocent – if they want to dig something up about you, they will find a way to.

“In, like, 1996, I said there’s going to come a time where you will not be able to believe your eyes. You’ll be able to fake things so well, you won’t know what to believe,” Glenn said. “But we’re now there. You can’t believe your eyes. You can’t believe what you hear in the news anymore. There is no trusted source. This is what I’ve been saying… You got to clean out your own life. You have to make sure you’re squeaky clean.”

“And lesson you’re teaching us is that doesn’t really matter,” Stu added, “if they want you bad enough.”

  • landofaahs

    It seems Snowden is exposing government corruption. Please tell me how that is treason.

    • Brenda David



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    • James

      It isn’t. He gave up his freedom in order for the people to know for a fact that our government is transforming into a deeply sinister regime. The alarm is ringing. Elected officials are a lost cause and are the most corrupted of all. Now it’s up to the operator’s to act. If the patriotic people who are in positions such as Snowdens don’t allow the mass security agenda to prevail, it can’t prevail.

  • Crassus

    Is Glenn still depressed because queer bait Snowden didn’t win the Time Magazine Man of the Year award? That could explain his recent looniness

    • Lori

      I see you are an Ostrich farmer…now your comment is a tiny bit easier to swallow. However, I do not think Edward is, in Crassus lingo, ‘queer’ or ‘bait’? Nor does Time have anything to do with the actual subject of this report. Sir, I hope you are getting paid to be this ignorant of the facts. Let me help you understand, as in a shill for media matters corp.

  • Getaclue

    Glenn Greenwald, journalist and leading paid shill for CAIR and Edward Snowden are aiding and abetting Islamic jihadist enemies of America

    Greenwald has spoken to CAIR on at least two previous occasions and long expressed affinity for the organization. Greenwald told the CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area chapter on November 17, 2012 that “there really is no organization with which I’d rather be spending my time, or with which I feel more at home than CAIR.” Greenwald dismissed critics of CAIR, who contend the organization is terrorist-friendly, as smear merchants. He praised CAIR for its concerted effort to fight alleged oppression of Muslims in the United States and abroad.

  • Anonymous

    Tired of our government creating crisis to enslave us and our children?

  • suz

    my instincts tell me this goes on.

  • Justin

    Notice the only people that think that Snowden is a traitor, are the people that are being exposed by the things Snowden is posting #Liber8 and the mentally blind followers of the exposed parties involved. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with what Snowden is doing. If I could, I would welcome him home as a patriot that exposed the criminals running our country and spy organizations. Not a traitor and a coward #John Kerry.

  • Glenn Wattenbarger

    It sounds like they don’t need real dirt on anyone. they can spoof it,..connect your phone to a known terrorist’s phone and say you called them. They can frame you straight up. I knew all that was possible, but now we know that the government is doing it, at least the British government. There is no Public oversight without public knowledge, and no government of the people or by the people with public oversight.

  • Anonymous

    And the “new and enlightened” GlennBeck knows manipulation…

  • suz

    sometimes i go back and review the comments i’ve made and judging from some of the spelling (hurried postings) i’d like to think it’s the nsa that’s messing w/me.

    silly, i know but this IS the sort of thing they’d do to discredit anyone, especially someone w/any influence (not me). LOGIC? if ever i happen to read someone’s post and see typos, i do judge them unfavorably even though i’ve done it.

    not saying definitively that they’ve done it to me but i do not rule out anything, especially since i’m a gasp at how bad it i’ve seen my own spelling thinking ‘there’s no way i would have typed that!’

  • IT 2IT

    More ‘authorized’ OP ED pony rides from BECK.

    “Understand, at the TOP, there are NO politics.
    There is only ONE agenda —worldwide.
    There may be rivalries –needed rivalries —bloody rivalries,
    but there are NO politics. —-There is only ONE agenda.
    Governments do NOT run on ideology,
    ————————–they run on AGENDAS!
    ———————————-and further REALIZE,
    —————————-at the very TOP,
    ————————————–ALLLL intel worldwide
    ———————————————-is LINKED and SHARED.”
    Informed Radio

    WHEN the AIMS are the SAME – – – –THEY are the SAME. . .

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