There are a number of on-line sources that published the following image claiming that this was a photo of Justice John Roberts with Ghislaine Maxwell. It is not, the man in this image is a French modeling agent named Jean-Luc Brunel, AKA Le fantôme” (The ghost). The source of these uploads is the Kremlin’s information warfare unit AKA Internet Research Agency.
Circulating falsely identified images is an age-old intelligence agency trick. But, now, this practice has become popular with the fact checker networks, who recycle products produced by the IRA on a large scale for the purpose of discrediting legitimate conservative content. To learn more about how some guardians of the internet galaxy use this type of provocation, check out the following:
- Operation Snort
- Down the Discreditation Rabbit Hole
- Need a Nazi for a Project, but Can’t Find One? Here’s How to Make One Up
- Is You is or is You Ain’t Ilhan Omar?
For an in-depth discussion on how the real professionals do it, check out the Agency’s Study of Provocations and Harassments and the foundation of influence operations. They are oldies but goodies.
Document 1: The US Intelligence Board Security Committee – A Study of Provocations and Harassments of U.S. Citizens in Soviet/Satellite Countries
Document 2: The Foundations of Effective Influence Operations guide
References and Sources
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