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General election: Leaked documents cited by Corbyn 'tied to Russian group', says Reddit – Sky News, Sky.com


             

Leaked documents cited by Jeremy Corbyn are tied to a previous Russian disinformation campaign, according to internet discussion site Reddit.

(The Labor leader used the classified documents detailing trade talks between US and UK officials as evidence of what he said were “secret talks” to sell off the NHS.

“The uncensored documents leave Boris Johnson’s denials in absolute tatters,” Mr Corbyntold a news conferencelast week.

  

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Image:        Labor says the documents show the NHS is part of post-Brexit trade talks – something the PM strongly denies      

The prime minister dismissed the claims as “total nonsense” and his party said the Labor leader had misrepresented the documents and quoted sections out of context.

The documents first appeared in a post on Reddit in October andthe site has now saidit believes it is “part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia.”

It said it had also identified more accounts which had used “vote manipulation” to promote the original post.

Reddit said the accounts “have the same shared pattern” as a Russian campaign found on Facebook earlier this year, dubbed “Secondary Infektion”.

The site has banned one subreddit and accounts “under our policies against vote manipulation and misuse of the platform.”

Sky’s technology correspondent Rowland Manthorpe says it is not known if the leaked documents were hacked or obtained by the Russian group – only that they were trying to “amplify” their visibility.

He said what the Russians have been doing “isn’t disinformation, because so far as we know the documents are legit”.

Manthorpe added: “Labor needs to take this seriously – because, however tenuously, this is increasingly looking like foreign interference in the UK election.”

    

Earlier this week, experts – including researchers from Oxford and Cardiff universities –also Suggestedthe Reddit leak was linked to the Russian Secondary Infektion campaign.

A government spokesperson said: “Online platforms should take responsibility for content posted on them, and we welcome the action Reddit have taken today.

“The UK government was already looking into the matter, with support from the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC).

“We do not comment on leaks, and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

    

                                              
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Labor has again refused to discuss where it obtained the documents but maintains they reveal a damaging picture of Boris Johnson’s intentions.

“These documents reveal the plot against our NHS,” said a spokesman .

“And of course neither the UK nor the US government have denied their authenticity. Our releasing them to journalists was clearly in the public interest.”

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