UK Column News - 14th April 2023

Mike Robinson, Patrick Henningsen and Vanessa Beeley with today’s UK Column News.


​​Enabling the Ukraine Off-Ramp—Leaked Pentagon Documents: From Oddly Young Intel Man, to Discord, to 4Chan—Chaperoned by Bellingcat

​​00:23 Independent—Arcturus: What do we know about the new Covid variant?

BBC: ​​Airman first class Jack Teixeira: 21-year-old US airman charged over Pentagon documents leak

​​ US Cyber Transport Systems—Requirements

​​ What is a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)?

​​Leaked Pentagon documents: What are some big ticket takeaways?

​​Washington Post: Egypt secretly planned to supply rockets to Russia, leaked U.S. document says

​​Vanessa Beeley comments:

​​For me, this is a clear beginning of the targeting of Egypt

​​Deep state narrative priming from Michael Weiss on Twitter

​​Dmitri Alperovitch (former CTO of CrowdStrike) seemed to know it was a young person before anyone else

​​Fox News: Classified documents leak could be worse than Edward Snowden leak

​​Michael Tracey Twitter:

​​They're blurring out the documents on CNN and the New York Times! Just too dangerous. Your eyes will melt, and then you'll start speaking in Russian

​​Markle Task Force on National Security: 9/11, the gift that keeps on giving 

​​Federation of American Scientists: Ten Years After 9/11: A Status Report On Information Sharing

​​Bellingcat enters the fray—Spooks to the rescue

​​New York Times: The Airman Who Gave Gamers a Real Taste of War

​​TASS: Drones that attacked Russian oil refinery could be produced in Ukraine

​​Business Insider: A Russian oil depot caught fire hundreds of miles from Ukraine, the possible result of a daring Ukrainian drone attack

​​21st Century Wire—Hersh: Zelensky and His Team Embezzled at Least $400 million of US Aid

​​Seymour Hersh: The Cover-Up

MSNBC: ​​Kevin McCarthy’s threat to cut future aid to Ukraine, ties the war to China and Taiwan

​​Lend-Lease Act (1941) would allow the United States to lend or lease war supplies to any nation deemed vital to the defence of the United States

​​Politico: The case for a no-fly zone in western Ukraine 

​​21st Century Wire: NATO’s Plan to Deploy Thousands More Troops Along Polish Border


​​Non-Western Powers Hold Détente Meetings

​​36:08 Anadolu AgencyTurkish, Russian, Syrian, Iranian foreign ministers likely to meet in early May in Moscow

​​The Cradle: Will Türkiye’s elections impact its place in a multipolar world?

​​Reuters: Record flows of Russian diesel to Mideast boost exports to Europe, Africa

​​Press TV: China urges US to clarify military-biological activities at home, abroad 

​​ReutersIranian Delegation Arrives In Saudi Arabia To Prepare For Embassy Reopening 

​​Chinese Foreign Ministry statement: Qin Gang Meets with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud

​​Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad in Jeddah on a working visit at the invitation of his counterpart, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, to hold talks on bilateral relations between the two countries.

​​AP News: Syria’s rapprochement advances with Tunisia, Saudi Arabia

​​Times of Israel: Iran is constructing a new Middle East

​​Times of Israel: Iran transferred weapons into Syria under cover of earthquake aid flights.

​​RT: Russia blasts US over treatment of Lavrov


​​BBC vs. Musk; The Online Safety Bill

​​52:52 UK Column interview with Andrew Bridgen MP: Streamed Tuesday 18 April 2023 at 1.00 pm—video upload due soon on homepage

​​The Alternative View Conference—Booking Page

​​ULEZ Expansion 2023—Rally at Trafalgar Square, Saturday 15th April 12–3 pm


​​Independent: Elon Musk turns tables on BBC interviewer over ‘hate’ tweets

​​Daily Caller: Elon Musk Presses BBC Journalist Who Said There’s A Rise In Hateful Content On Twitter: ‘You Just Lied’

​​Institute for Strategic Dialogue: Jan 6 series: The new face of transnational extremism

​​The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD): “How we effect change”

​​Zinc Network is dedicated to delivering meaningful measurable change

​​The Open Information Partnership (OIP):

Zinc Network is a communications agency that helps communities, brands and governments drive positive social change.

​​WikiSpooksThe EXPOSE Network was a planned multi-million pound alliance to counter Russian Disinformation

Mike Robinson:

​​The EXPOSE Network was a proposed alliance (with a budget of over £3,000,000/year) to counter "Russian Disinformation". The three directors were planned to be Chris Donnelly (Institute for Statecraft), Amil Khan (Aktis, Chatham House) and Louis Brooke (Zinc Network). 

​​UK Government—Online Safety Bill: Supporting documents

​​Statement From UK digital ministry (DCMS) spokesman:

​​Protecting children and stamping out illegal activity online is a top priority for the government and we will bring the Online Safety Bill back to Parliament as soon as possible.

​​Full Elon Musk BBC Interview with Video and Timestamps 12th April 2023

​​James Clayton, @JamesClayton5: BBC North America tech reporter

​​Marianna Spring sticks her oar in:  

After Musk’s interview with the BBC, a reminder of this Panorama investigation I did.

​​The BBC—Myth of a Public Service by Tom Mills (Goodreads)

​​UK Government Emergency Alerts:

On Sunday 23 April 2023 at 3pm, there will be a national test of the UK Emergency Alerts service


​​And Finally—Again; Get Woke, Go Broke…

​​1:20:43 Daily Mail: How Bud Light's Dylan Mulvaney debacle has left Anheuser-Busch paralyzed: Company 'never expected' backlash