When in doubt, blame Russia: British Election Edition
Last week UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn revealed evidence showing that 'the US is demanding that the NHS will be “on the table” in talks on a post-Brexit trade deal'.
So, if you are Boris Johnson and your plan to screw over the working people of Britain has been exposed, what do you do? You can try to deny it. Boris and the establishment media attempted to do that, but Boris is a known liar.
Thus the Tories have decided to do the exact same thing that the Hillary Clinton campaign did when it got exposed for rigging the primaries with hacked emails: Blame Russia!
An anonymous online poster who disseminated documents later brandished by Jeremy Corbyn as evidence the Conservatives would put the NHS “on the table” in US trade talks was part of a campaign directed by Moscow, the site hosting the papers has said.
On Friday evening, Reddit confirmed it has banned 61 accounts; including that of a user called Gregoriator, who it believes was part of a Russian information operation known as Secondary Infektion.
The anonymous user posted copies of the leaked official documents on the site in late October. Corbyn presented the same documents at a news conference last week, saying they “leave Boris Johnson’s denials [that the NHS would be for sale] in absolute tatters” and touting them as “evidence that, under Boris Johnson, the NHS is on the table and will be up for sale”.
An anonymous online poster on Reddit that may have been Russian.
That's more important than the actual content, amirite?
Reddit insisted the post garnered minimal interest at the time and Labour has declined to reveal where it obtained the documents. The government has said it believes they are genuine.
However, questions will now be asked about whether Russia had a hand in introducing the papers into the UK’s public discourse and, if so, what its motivations were for doing so.
What were the motivations of this anonymous Reddit poster who dared to inject important factual information into the British elections?
My answer is the same as it was in 2016: who gives a shit where they came from?