Reddit says United Kingdom election document leak points to Russian Federation

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Reddit bans 61 accounts linked to the Russian campaign

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Sheher Bano

Internet Tech News Reddit bans 61 accounts linked to the Russian campaign 6 hours ago Sheher Bano

The identified accounts led to the discovery of additional accounts, with Reddit explaining, 'This group provides us with important attribution for the recent posting of the leaked United Kingdom documents, as well as insights into how adversaries are adapting their tactics'.

That post itself followed an alert Reddit said it received about suspicious accounts on its platform.

The accounts, which were used to draw attention to the trade documents, were "part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russian Federation", according to Reddit. "We investigated this account and the accounts connected to it, and today we believe this was part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia".

The Labour leader insisted the crucial consideration for the country was that the documents are evidence that the Government was at an advanced stage of negotiations with the United States to open up the health service to American pharmaceutical companies.

'Our releasing them to journalists was clearly within the public curiosity'.

Researchers told Reuters on Monday that the way the documents were first shared on Reddit and then promoted online closely resembled a disinformation campaign uncovered earlier this year which originated in Russian Federation.

In November, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn presented the documents, which are from the U.K. Department for International Trade and outline future trade deal negotiations between the USA and U.K.

'The issues are that those documents show exactly what the British Government was doing in discussions with Donald Trump's administration in the U.S. and also why the Prime Minister has refused to release the report on Russian interference in British politics, which he's been sitting on for a very long time'.

Corbyn said at a press conference that the documents were "evidence that, under Boris Johnson, the NHS is on the table and will be up for sale". The worldwide trade secretary, Liz Truss, said the price that the NHS pays for drugs would not be "on the table". Critics are also questioning the British government's failure to release a Parliament intelligence committee report on previous Russian interference in the country's politics. On the original post, Reddit found that other users tried to make the content more popular by manipulating Reddit's voting system.

Johnson was asked about the dossier while visiting a Tory/Lib Dem marginal in Cheadle, near Stockport.

Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson they need to "get to the bottom" of the leak.

As indicated by The Guardian it's misty how the archives wound up with the Labour Party, in spite of the fact that they'd unmistakably been gliding near and may have been the wellspring of a report distributed in The Telegraph back in July, some time before Corbyn demonstrated them or they were posted on Reddit. "I'm afraid it was just another distraction from the void at the heart of Labour's policy on Brexit and that still remains with five days to go until this crucial election", he responded.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson expressed concern about the new Russian interference claims.

'All of us should be concerned if a foreign country is trying to interfere in our democracy.

'He should have published that report.

The dossier was posted on Reddit more than a month prior to Mr Corbyn's announcement, prompting questions about how they got there - and why few people seemed to notice them before.

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