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Reddit bans Russian accounts

by on09 December 2019

Confidential British government documents leaked

Reddit has found that embarrassing documents on Brexit trade talks were leaked through its site by Russian hackers.

The UK press has been playing down the documents which show that the US was insisting that the NHS be flogged to them under any trade deal and that the conservatives were not being truthful about the Irish customers border.

Instead, they have been concentrating on how the documents ended up on Reddit, that way they don’t have to face the uncomfortable truth about them being accurate.

Reddit said in a statement that it has banned 61 accounts suspected of violating policies against vote manipulation. It said the suspect accounts shared the same pattern of activity as a Russian interference operation dubbed "Secondary Infektion" that was uncovered earlier this year. 

Reddit investigated the leak after the documents became public during the campaign for Thursday's election, which will determine the country's future relationship with the European Union. All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs. Reddit said it believed the documents were leaked as "part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia." 

"We were able to confirm that they did indeed show a pattern of coordination," Reddit said.

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan told the BBC that the government is "looking for and monitoring" anything that might suggest interference in the British election. "From what was being put on that (Reddit) website, those who seem to know about these things say that it seems to have all the hallmarks of some form of interference," Morgan said. "And if that is the case, that obviously is extremely serious."

Although we would argue it was not as serious as plans to flog the NHS to the Americans and stab the Irish nationalists in the back.


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