Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Reddit says US-UK trade document leak linked to Russian Federation

Reddit says US-UK trade document leak linked to Russian Federation

On Friday, social media site Reddit it believed the documents had been leaked by a campaign that originated in Russian Federation, fuelling fears that Moscow was seeking to interfere in Britain's election.

Reddit said in a statement that it has banned 61 accounts suspected of violating policies against vote manipulation.

Reddit said Friday the suspect accounts shared the same pattern of activity as a Russian operation dubbed "Secondary Infektion" uncovered earlier this year.

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. All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs.

Asked about his refusal to publish a report which looked at the potential of Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign, Mr Johnson said: "I know of no evidence of successful interference by Russia in any democratic event in this country".

"All of these accounts have the same shared pattern as the original Secondary Infektion group detected, causing us to believe that this was indeed tied to the original group", it said.

When asked about the Russian Federation link on Saturday, Corbyn dismissed it as "nonsense", and pointed out that Johnson has never denied the documents' authenticity.

Corbyn claimed the documents revealed that the National Health Services (NHS) were up "for sale", adding that their release was in the public interest. The issue has been a central election theme, largely because the country deeply cherishes the health service, which has suffered under years of austerity.

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Corbyn's party seized on information in the leaks on November 27, saying they showed the Conservatives were plotting to offer the state-run National Health Service (NHS) for sale in trade talks with Donald Trump's USA administration.

Last night a furious Mr Corbyn blamed the row on "rather belated conspiracy theories by the Prime Minister".

He accused Boris Johnson of desirous to "hide the factors and the reality" over the long term of the NHS in replace deals, adding: 'We obtained those documents, we verbalize those documents to be qualified-attempting, and no-one until the day long previous by had denied the correctness of those documents. And if there's been no discussion with the U.S. about access to our health markets, how come after a week they haven't said that?

"If that is the case, that is extremely serious".

Jeremy Corbyn has been given a wake-up call by Britain's spy chiefs about the threat from Islamist terrorists and hostile states such as Russian Federation. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson had already refused to release a report on Russian interference in United Kingdom politics until after the election. They say it should have been made public before Thursday's vote.

Meanwhile, Jo Swinson has insisted she'll remain Liberal Democrat leader, regardless of the party's fortunes at the General Election.

Speaking on Saturday, Mr Johnson said "we do need to get to the bottom" of the leak but said he had seen "no evidence of any successful interference by Russian Federation in any democratic event in this country".

The British parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has carried out an inquiry into allegations of Russian activity aimed at the United Kingdom, including in the 2016 referendum on European Union membership, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson declined to publish its report before the election.

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