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Paul Mason’s covert intelligence-linked plot to destroy The Grayzone exposed

Leaked emails reveal British journalist Paul Mason plotting with an intel contractor to destroy The Grayzone through “relentless deplatforming” and a “full nuclear legal” attack. The scheme is part of a wider planned assault on the UK left.
 
by Kit Klarenberg and Max Blumenthal

Part 4 - Khan drafts invite to secret anti-Grayzone summit

Whether Khan and Mason’s bold plans for an anti-Grayzone summit have been put into action remains unclear. However, by May 12, Khan had drafted an invitation for prospective members to attend the initial brainstorming session. In his note, he conjured up a vast and fearsome nexus of “pro-Russian trolls” destroying anyone in the Kremlin’s way, at the center of which rests The Grayzone Death Star.

We are getting in touch because, like us, you have also been targeted by a network of pro-Russian trolls…This network revolves around the outlet known as Grayzone and includes a dozen or so individuals who use online intimidation, bullying and harassment to promote pro-Kremlin talking points,” Khan wrote. “Social media platforms and governments have identified the [sic] RT, Sputnik etc as Russian state affiliated outlets and taken action accordingly. Grayzone, however has avoided scrutiny.

Mason suggested a minor amendment to “avoid libel risk”: revising the passage referring to The Grayzone as “in fact an information operation of a dictatorship.” He felt this should be softened to The Grayzonepresent themselves as journalists when their modus operandi looks more like [an] information operation – whether voluntary or co-ordinated – of a dictatorship.” 

Khan agreed to the alteration and proposed more summit guests. They included the BBC’s “first specialist disinformation and social media reporter,” Marianna Spring, who recently smeared several British academics for scrutinizing Western claims relating to the NATO proxy war in Ukraine. He also suggested including former BBC and Jewish Chronicle editor Martin Bright, who he said may be “heading up a group looking at the legal side of this sort of thing.

For further participants in the anti-Grayzone summit, Khan referred Mason to Paul Hilder, the Ted Talk-ing, Labourite co-founder of the National Endowment for Democracy-funded OpenDemocracy.net and Avaaz, which has lobbied for NATO military interventions in both Libya and Syria.

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