Posted on Jul 26, 2021
Manufactured whistleblowing and data leaks have now become a tool of strategic subversion, writes Abdelkader Filali, of Ottawa, Canada
The intentionally leaked whistleblowing over the Pegasus affair was engineered in such a way to simply attempt to tarnish Morocco’s sovereignty, and to undermine the credibility of the country’s security services.
Setting the Stage.
What do media and security and intelligence agencies belonging to some “democratic” European countries have to gain by pushing an anti-narrative against Morocco at this very moment in time?
Our task is to help the public to understand how unfounded narratives have become a hallmark of what we might call the Infodemic.
Behind this manufactured whistleblowing stand malign actor/s who mix unfounded news with misleading narratives in order to engineer the perception of a “political evil” coming from a sovereign country to undermine the level of its growth and development.
This is a domain where cyber and the manufacturing of whistleblowing work to invent a story for the sole purpose of discrediting a country.
These have been inter-twined with other tactics, including what is called media and human rights and press narratives that led to the volume of suspicious infrastructure, and anti-official efforts narratives.
The growing challenges of manufactured whistleblowing such as the Pegasus “rush” and misinformation, defamation, deliberate disinformation, conspiracy theories, and false information have not only made certain European security services look more ridiculous, but they have also fuelled a sentiment of mistrust in the future of these agencies as they have poisoned the public sphere and threatened the very basis of the human intellect.
Manufactured Whistleblowers Without Borders.
The first impression that I had whilst watching a particular News Channel that belongs to the Elysée, is the borderless nature of disinformation and defamation that has grown, both on overt channels (so called social media platforms,) but even more so on encrypted channels such as the news channels.
So called democratic states are further tested by disinformation and misinformation from internal and external actors that deepen polarisation amongst their populations, and divides national loyalty between governments in power and opposition that rejects fact-based information, uses militancy and assistance from outside actors to its advantage, chipping away at unity, to the strong detriment of national and economic security.
We ask how these “European security and media agencies" leaked out in a destructive way to the public, and journalists, numerous cases of destructive “manufactured whistleblowing” leaks relying on defamation, misinformation and mobilisation through spaces, sites and channels deliberately, whenever the opportunity arises, to diminish and despise the image of serious and responsible security services in the south and fabricating all the myths and justifications to achieve the intended goal.
The truth is that the manufactured whistleblowing trend today has become, from its excessive repetition in some places, the character of destruction and poisoning, if it seeks to formulate people's awareness and opinion on their moods in a way that perpetuates intractable psychological states.
What we fear is that the manufactured whistleblowing will turn from a fallen security intel approach to an intellectual behaviour that may converge around political and intellectual elites that include the rightists and leftists.
French Intel and Malign Actors.
Unfortunately, the entrapment of the French intel has created a distrust of the government information and its management of intel.
The entrapment furnished the ground for cognitive dissonance combined with confirmation bias and good old fashioned paranoia that are very hard to beat with facts and logic. It's all about fear, emotions. The more you fight it, the worse it becomes. It is not "misinformation" and the manufactured whistleblowing of the French intel that is "distorting” but rather, the same invented leaks that were being processed in different ways by people living different stories.
Stories, and the narratives to which they attach, are not just nice fluffy things we tell children at bedtime. They make the difference between war and stability, between life and death. The polarisation of the info-demic goes beyond behaviour and policy preferences.
It is happening at the most basic level: the interpretation of facts. Malign actors politicise the issue in question from day one by creating a perfect storm for deepening existing divides and setting people of the same nation against each other. In the digital world, a digital society requires a new set of transparent security agencies of France.
This goes far beyond the need to protect oneself from on-line scams or the theft of Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
The French Educational system is required to intervene in this matter to find a way to inoculate the verified and hammered news from hostile and manufactured whistleblowing and disinformation.
French civil society and the repositioned legislature need to come out swinging with programs that drive understanding, public ally track the origins of disinformation topics. Morocco’s Clear Message: Getting Rid of “Teacher and the Student" rhetoric "The rail will set off. Will Europe remain passive, or will it embark?” declared the Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister.
He added: “The regional conflict over the Moroccan Sahara creates instability for Europe in North Africa. Hence, European countries are called upon today to express their practical and clear support for the autonomy initiative, and to depart from the logic of expressing this in rhetoric.” In theory, those who contributed to the founding of an integrated and ‘unionised’ Europe, draw the frames of a solid setting embedded with democratic norms and values shared by all members states.
When it comes to practice and when we want to operationalise the concept of Europeanisation, we clearly argue that there are manufacturing whistleblowing is a morbid symptom of the union. We do not need a deeper diagnostic of the situation to conclude that Morocco has become a competent and a regional power and that the time of economic prosperity and wealth of Europe has gone.
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