In 2017, someone called Duncan Campbell (not to be confused with the Guardian crime reporter of the same name), set out on an what appears to have been a mission to undermine and discredit research into Guccifer 2.0.
However, instead of doing this legitimately, Campbell embarked on a malicious and mendacious campaign involving slander and the spreading of bogus McCarthyite rumors. Campbell was caught in the act and was recorded having to backpedal on a series of bogus claims he had made (suggesting Russians were using one of my sites, suggesting my main site was "reaching out to the CIA", claiming there were fabrications of evidence on the site, claiming there was disinformation, suggesting I was being paid by Russians, etc.)
Shortly after this, Campbell was called out by a VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) associate (who was privvy to the recording referenced above) and asked to substantiate his rumors and allegations in front of VIPS founders and editors of a technology publication that Campbell was hoping to have publish his smears.
Campbell was unable to do this and his first attempt at a hit-piece against me collapsed before it had even been published because the true nature of his efforts had been exposed to those he was hoping to have platform his smears.
Unfortunately, though, Campbell did find a publication willing to platform false allegations, bogus conspiracy theories and demonstrable disinformation in 2018.
On July 31, 2018, an article by Campbell alleging that I had ran a "Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Campaign" was published by Computer Weekly. The article alleged this but failed to demonstrate it because it simply wasn't true.
On August 1, 2018, it was shown that Campbell had produced disinformation in his hit-piece and that it contained other falsehoods.
While the publication's editor in chief, Bryan Glick, was subsequently challenged to substantiate the "Pro-Kremlin" and "Disinformation campaign" allegations, he couldn't and conceded that the allegations were based on belief and opinion.
Glick was asked to make this clear to readers but failed to address this and chose to retain a headline he knew he couldn't substantiate.
Following this incident, more evidence emerged corroborating the earlier findings of those Campbell had attacked and several of his conspiracy theories were discredited.
Undeterred by Campbell's efforts, I produced my final summary report on Guccifer 2.0 at the end of 2019.
In May 2020, I contacted editors at Computer Weekly, sending them a link to the evidence of Campbell's disinformation (that had been in the public domain since August 2018). however, I was greeted by a wall of silence and nobody was willing to respond.
In December 2020, I asked editors to confirm receipt of the May 2020 email. They did not respond and their inaction also meant they were violating assurances given by the editor-in-chief (Glick) regarding correcting demonstrable falsehoods. I called William Goodwin (investigations editor of Computer Weekly and the editor who seems to have been directly involved in overseeing Campbell's contributions to the publication) to ask him to confirm receipt. Goodwin would not confirm this and made up excuses to terminate the call.
In January 2021, Computer Weekly commissioned a second hit-piece from Campbell (despite being sent links to evidence showing their author produced disinformation for them previously). Instead of telling their readers about all of the evidence we discovered and disclosing that their author was shown to have engaged in disinformation, they exploited the topic of Seth Rich in order to launch new smears against me, however, in doing so, they made misleading claims about a libel case (between Aaron Rich and Matt Couch) and William Goodwin implicated himself directly in disinformation.
Over four years since their "Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Campaign" allegations were published, Campbell and his Computer Weekly cohorts are still yet to demonstrate disinformation in my work while disinformation has been demonstrated in both of the hit-pieces they have produced (and numerous other falsehoods that were trivial to demonstrate yet remain uncorrected).
Campbell's efforts were illegitimate from the outset. His crusade was saturated with mendacity and malice and it was an entirely worthless distraction from the evidence we had discovered and were discovering.
To help clean up the Guccifer 2.0: Game Over project and keep it more focused on Guccifer 2.0, I have pulled everything relating to Campbell's shenanigans and conspiracy theory nonsense away from updates and moved them to this page.
I wish Goodwin, Glick and Campbell could be honest with their readers, correct their demonstrable disinformation and falsehoods, fix the bogus headline on the first hit-piece and issue apologies in accordance with the IPSO Editors' Code of Practice for spreading disinformation and publishing allegations that they could never substantiate.
Until they fix these issues, the editors involved will remain in breach of the code of practice they claim to adhere to and all three will continue to be in violation of basic principles of journalistic integrity and ethics.
If circumstances change and I am notified of this, I will update this page accordingly.
October 27, 2021
Computer Weekly Editors Stonewall When Evidence Emerges
In August, I published an article discrediting Computer Weekly's latest hit-piece with new evidence.
The article shows that rumors and speculation from their author was wrong, reveals that statements I had made were concealed (and that Computer Weekly engaged in a deception through omission by claiming I hadn't responded) and that Computer Weekly's investigations editor (William Goodwin) continues to struggle with handling facts and evidence honestly, keeping Computer Weekly's readers in the dark when it comes to reality.
Since being presented with the new evidence, Goodwin has predictably returned to stonewalling once again..
The fact that editors Bryan Glick and William Goodwin commissioned another hit-piece from an author we had already legitimately discredited (and shown to have engaged in disinformation in the past) combined with the timing of this suggests the commissioning was motivated by malice.
It would seem Duncan Campbell, William Goodwin and Bryan Glick know they're in the wrong judging by the way they routinely hide from fair questions and stonewall when presented evidence discrediting their silly conspiracy fantasies.
February 12, 2021
Computer Weekly Push More Propaganda, Editors Now Directly Implicated In Disinfomaion
Computer Weekly has published false allegations about my communications with Couch and Butowsky's attorneys, about communications between myself and ComputerWeekly's William Goodwin, about my company's infrastructure, about the intentions of Forensicator and myself (and purpose of our efforts).
They've published claims the author should have known to be false (disinformation), have managed to muddle up evidence from two different incidents, have re-used frames that turn reality upside down (and that we have already discredited with evidence in the past) and have egregiouly misled the public once again.
Unfortunately, for ComputerWeekly, this adds to a list of problems we have in relation to their past publication of bogus conspiracy theories and disinformation.
The disinformation their author engaged in, the previous false allegations made and the fact that nobody at ComputerWeekly seems willing to accept evidence or be accountable is all documented in the following article:
There is much more I could say and demonstrate but, for now, I just wanted to get a basic rebuttal published so that journalists can see there are some serious issues with the latest hit-piece ComputerWeekly have published and that it contains demonstrably false information and gets a lot of things wrong.
October 6, 2019
On October 3, 2019, NBC published an article by Ben Collins that featured a false conspiracy theory origin story and included some nonsense from Duncan Campbell.
June 8, 2019
At the end of July 2018, Duncan Campbell wrote a hit piece defaming several people (though primarily targeting myself). He promoted a conspiracy theory (that was soon debunked) and came up with a technical theory supposed to support a premise that Guccifer 2.0 had tampered with timestamps in the NGP-VAN archive.
Yesterday, scrutiny of Campbell's tampering theory was published:
I will soon publish a brief recap on the situation with ComputerWeekly, highlighting how their hit-piece has disintegrated over the past year.
I'm also preparing to release further evidence relating to journalistic malpractice. I don't want to release it but, if necessary, I will. The final decision on this will be made on August 1, 2019.
September 10th, 2018
Smear Campaign Against G-2.Space, Forensicator, Disobedient Media & Others - Conclusion
Recently, Forensicator published "The Campbell Conspiracy", an article that debunks key aspects of the conspiracy theory Duncan Campbell has constructed as part of a hit piece targeting several individuals (and that was published by ComputerWeekly at the end of July).