Documents declassified on British propaganda prior to 1977

Voltaire Network — Jan 25, 2020

Official documents declassified by the UK National Archives in early 2020 show that between 1945 and 1977 Her Majesty’s government secretly subsidized the Reuters News Agency and the BBC to disseminate Fake News against the USSR and communist sympathizers.

During the Cold War, the Foreign Office founded the Information Research Department (IRD), an apparatus in charge of identifying and discrediting supporters of the USSR. In particular, it created the Globe News Agency, the Near and Far East News Ltd (NAFEN) based in Istanbul and Delhi, the Star News Agency in Karachi and the Arab News Agency in Cairo and, as of 1956, in Beirut. Many well-known figures actively participated in this disinformation program, including George Orwell, Arthur Koestler, A.J.P. Taylor and Bertrand Russell.

The IRD also swayed British public opinion in favor of the United Kingdom’s accession to the European Economic Community (now European Union), via the European League for Economic Cooperation (ELEC) (British equivalent of the American Committee on United Europe) [1].

The IRD was dissolved in 1977 by Lord David Owen to shut down the propaganda activities aimed against the left wing of the Labor Party.

All these facts and many more have been known for a long time [2], but these documents constitute irrefutable proof. They show that for around thirty years, the MI6 (and its US counterpart, the CIA) have dominated information flows throughout Western and Third World countries, as denounced by Sean McBride before UNESCO, in 1973.

These documents are linked to the Chilcot Commission revelations on the manipulation of public opinion during the war against Iraq (2003) and to our own revelations on the current device of the Foreign Office: Innovative Communications & Strategies (InCoStrat). Since 2014 to the present, this Istanbul-based agency has fabricated a false narrative regarding the war in Syria, which it managed to impose on the international media as a whole.

  • The Reuters News Agency was taken over by Thomson Financial in 2008. It no longer seems to have ties with the MI6, but with the CIA: it has permanent access to the Pentagon’s command center and can therefore release Fakes News, in real time, as much and as often as necessary.

These facts teach us that it is stupid to think that only authoritarian regimes try to intoxicate their own population. Democracies do it too.


5 responses to “Documents declassified on British propaganda prior to 1977”

  1. It’s called the ‘British BRAINWASHING/BULLSH!T Corporation’ for a REASON.

    And don’t – for ONE MINUTE – think the “programming” has changed since 1977.

  2. If Reuters is still partly owned by the rothschilds then it most certainly has ties to their MI5 and MI6.

  3. Under the 100 years rule documents relating to the Mutiny at Etaples France 1917…..were SUPPOSED to be released in 2017……turns out they weren’t released AND many were subsequently found to be missing…

    You could say WTF? in astonishment….BUT YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY not conversant with the sheer duplicity of the “establishment”…..
    Dont put it past the fucks to selectively release documents particularly if it somehow fits in with current objectives.

  4. I think if you peel back the layers of the onion you may find that the “Cold War” was something of a charade. The “Cambridge Five” thing is interesting. They all seem to get away and escape to the Soviet Union or like Anthony Blunt remain on the loose. One of the spies escaped because one of MI5 “hadn’t renewed his passport” (?) and couldn’t pursue Burgess across the channel. They evaded MI5 surveillance because the latter “didn’t work at the weekends” (?). So much BS surrounding the whole thing

    Cambridge was a hot bed of leftism. Even today Cambridge appears on election/Brexit maps as a red area in a sea of blue. People from that university were promoted to high positions in the civil service and MI6. One was even married to a known communist agitator for a short while. It’s all a facade. In my opinion the whole passing of secrets on was part of that game.

    The American Jewish Rosenberg was executed for passing on secrets that the Soviets could have just gotten from standard textbooks; also helping to carry on the narrative of how the Soviet Union got “the atom bomb”. So much could be said about all of this.

  5. The US agency for Global media formerly known as the broadcasting board of Governors, which broadcasts news and information about the US to audiences abroad is a major propaganda player worldwide.
    It targets a foreign audience so few in the US population are actually aware of it.
    The US agency for Global Media would be tied into the Atlantic council giving a direct link to British intelligence. Probably just one route of many in their web of disneyfication feeding the infantilist ethos.