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What happens inside the US @StateDept & @CIA when s/one w/ access & influence starts to blow the whistle on state activities? What might be the favored tactic deployed to destroy trust in them, sully their reputations & thus minimize any danger they may pose?
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In 2010 Julian Assange was accused of sexual assault by 2 women in Sweden. The case against him was initially dropped then later reopened & was finally suspended in 2017. Are there any precedents that might lead us to conclude this was a CIA sting operation?
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The following is a thread on the case of Julian Assange & provides a comprehensive description of the use made by the CIA & other US state entities of sexual smearing & other techniques to nullify those they deem enemies.

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The following is a compiled thread on the case of Julian Assange & provides a comprehensive description of the use made by the CIA & other US state entities of sexual smearing & other techniques to nullify those they deem enemies.

threadreaderapp.com/thread/1025268…
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Scott Ritter was a #UN weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998 & chief inspector in 14 of the inspection missions he was part of during these years. He liaised w/ British MI6 during this time assisting w/ their propaganda campaign, ‘Operation Mass Appeal’.
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“I was approached by the British intel service ... to see if there was info in the archives of UNSCOM ... so they could work it over, determine its veracity, & seek to plant it in media outlets around the world, in an effort to try to shape public opinion...”
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As a chief weapons inspector looking for WMD in Iraq before the attack on the country his words come w/ imbued w/ in-depth knowledge & direct access to confidential information gathered by a U2 spy plane deployed by UNSCOM at the time.

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Scott Ritter became one of the fiercest critics of Washington & London & their Iraq policy on Iraqi WMDs. Because he had been one of the primary weapons inspectors in Iraq his words carried a lot of weight. Thus it may be that Ritter became a CIA target.
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As w/ Assange, Ritter was accused of criminal activity of a sexual nature. These appear to have been relatively minor, no assault was claimed. However, details were publicized at a time that Ritter claimed was 'politically motivated’.

independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…
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‘Barbara Hartwell speaks of efforts made for years after she left the CIA, in failed attempts to contain her unswerving writing voice and in nonstop counter-intelligence “black propaganda” efforts to smear her name and credibility.’

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You may be aware of the harassment ex-members of the so-called ‘Church of Scientology’ receive. This is especially true of the most senior members of the “church”, many of whom have left in recent years & who have begun to expose “church” practices.
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Senior members of Scientology who therefore have additional credibility are targeted heavily by the “church” when they leave & begin to speak out. Every possible smear & intimidatory activity is carried out against them.

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In WWII an intel unit was set up in Britain to broadcast fabrications about Hitler's sex life & those of his close associates through radio transmissions to Germany. Churchill was appalled & minded to close it down until its effectiveness was explained to him.
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The tactic of implying or asserting sexual misconduct is an effective as a means of ruining reputations. Character assassination is very useful to the CIA in an age where mass media can be relied on to channel assertions useful to it.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character…
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The practice of seeding false narratives via a chain of compliant journalists & news outlets far from their source (the CIA) is a well known technique to generate & support the required state narrative of the time.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation…
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Defamation of character leaves individuals in a lose-lose situation. Of course they can fight such defamation through the courts but this takes time & money, meanwhile the damage is done. If you are already in the public eye media coverage will be enormous.
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There is a general attitude of 'no smoke without fire’ regarding cases where someone is accused of sexual misconduct. Though doubtless many of those accused in the recent #MeToo scandals were guilty we can see how the media is an ideal channel for defamation.
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The CIA has teams of intelligence operatives working night & day on Psychological Operations (PsyOp). ‘Psyops convey selected information to influence emotions, motives & reasoning.’

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycholog…
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The CIA also has Black Operations (BlackOps) teams. ‘These involve a significant degree of deception to conceal who is behind them or to make it appear that another entity is responsible (false flag).’

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_ope…
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In western society there still remains a general & extremely gullible inclination to believe what mass media says. Thus if the CIA wish to destroy the reputation of someone like Julian Assange they have the perfect channel through which to do it.
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Sexual accusations are the perfect tool for the CIA to target those they wish to eliminate as opinion leaders or communicators of inconvenient facts. As long as a majority of people remain gullible they will be broadly successful in this killing of confidence.
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