Massive leak alleges deep-state Brexit conspiracy — Analysis
Those implicated by the publication downplayed it as ‘legitimate lobbying’ and dismissed it as Russian ‘disinformation’ at the same time
Hackers released a huge leak late in May that exposed a sophisticated, highly publicized conspiracy by high-ranking British officials. The cache of documents and emails alleging a deep-state plot by hardcore Leavers to deliver the ‘hardest’ Brexit possible is now available on the website ‘Very English Coop d’Etat’.
Planning for a hard Brexit
It involved some of the most extreme Leavers. This included Richard Dearlove (former head of MI6), Gwythian Prins (ex-NATO and Defence Ministry adviser), leading Brexit campaigner, ex-Labour MP Baroness Stuart; professor emeritus of French History at the University of Cambridge Robert Toombs and other.
The goals of the campaign, dubbed ‘Operation Surprise’, were outlined in a 2018 document penned by Prins, who proclaimed the need to “take the fight to our opponents, who are remorseless, by all necessary means.” The plotters sought to deliver the ‘hardest’ Brexit possible, targeting both those seeking to continue the UK’s membership in the EU, and proponents of ‘soft’ Brexit alike.
This group was formed to “block any deal arising from the disastrous and craven Chequers White Paper,” then-PM Theresa May’s Brexit plan, and “ensure that we leave on clean WTO terms.”They wanted it all. “if necessary, to remove this Prime MinisterAnd replace with one fit for purpose,” and “cleanse the polluted civil service from top to bottom”By putting trusted people into key positions.
According to leaked emails, Tim Clode and Mary Clode were allegedly behind the scheme. They are a shadowy couple who live in Jersey, Britain’s tax haven. They considered them perfect to play their roles, noting they were “quite good at consciously discreet conversations”And “studiously avoided all interaction with social media.”
The group actively attempted to raise Boris Johnson to the position of prime minister and tried to influence Johnson’s thinking. Dearlove sent an email in June 2019 to Dearlove, when the leadership campaign was at its peak. The ex-spymaster stated that he was preoccupied with “feeding briefings on national security to Boris,”Johnson is praised as an inspiration “very quickAnd able” and “excellent classical scholar”He was the right man for this job.
Leaders must possess the ability to excite and inspire. [Jeremy]Corbyn, and the accommodating [Nigel]Farage threat. This is the only way to look at it.
The group’s trust in Johnson, however, has apparently waned over time, with the most recent emails suggesting the shadowy cabal is now seeking to replace him with someone else. In an email sent early in January, Prins bemoaned the PM’s lack of “stamina to get Brexit done.”
“I am coming to the view that I cannot see how the PM will not founder one way or another; and he has so lost control of his mind and willpower that maybe this would be for the best? It will take fresh leadership to exit the green quagmire which can only be done decisively, not in small steps,”It reads:
Johnson’s potential replacements include Rishi Sunak (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary.
“Before the holiday closure I happened to be seated at a dinner next to one of BoJo’s long-time funders who told me that he had dumped him and told him so and told him that it was because of Anne Boleyn and her managers [Goldsmiths and Gummers Inc]; and that he had shifted his money to Truss,”Prins wrote.
Russia is to blame
An incredibly small media report has been given to the huge leak. This is surprising considering how extensive the scheme was. Damage control efforts have primarily revolved around blaming the omnipresent ‘Russian hackers’ for the leak and dismissing it as a ‘disinformation campaign’ staged by Moscow.
The alleged disinfo campaign was slammed as being clumsy by Shane Huntley, the director of Google’s Threat Analysis Group. Unspecified, he claimed “technical indicators” suggested the ‘English Coop’ website was linked to allegedly Russian-based hacking group Coldriver, also known as Gamaredon and Callisto. Huntley has repeatedly pleaded against any media coverage of the leak.
“Reporting on disinfo activity is difficult. It’s too easy to amplify the campaign and increase the effect. As we take a breath, we note that this is a pretty clumsy campaign, and maybe based on just one hacked ProtonMail account,” Huntley stated.
Those allegedly involved in the conspiracy who made public comments on the exposé have not tried to disprove the authenticity of the documents and emails, but have focused on blaming Russia for the leak.
“I am well aware of a Russian operation against a Proton account which contained emails to and from me,”Dearlove said to Reuters that documents and email should be treated with care. “the context of the present crisis in relations with Russia.”The emails captured an additional 1.7 million subscribers, he said. “legitimate lobbying exercise”That was it! “subject to distortion.”
Toombs’ reaction was similar – he said he and his colleagues were “aware of this Russian disinformation based on illegal hacking.”
The damage control efforts were mocked by the spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, who said the whole conspiracy was perfectly in line with the “English tradition”Change in the regime
“Of course, both Richard Dearlove and the pocket ‘experts’ have immediately blamed the Russians for the ‘leaks’. It seems to me that the Russians are the only way for the Britons to learn about democracy. Is that why London banned RT broadcasting?”Zakharova made the statement in a Facebook post.