BREAKING: UK gov't "almost certain that Russian actors sought to interfere in the 2019 General Election through the online amplification of illicitly acquired and leaked Government documents."

These were the trade leaks from op Secondary Infektion.
"Sensitive Government documents relating to the UK-US Free Trade Agreement were illicitly acquired before the 2019 General Election and disseminated online via the social media platform Reddit."

UK statement here.
Reddit dug into the activity on their platform, and they concluded the accounts that did the leaking were "indeed tied" to Secondary Infektion.
Now we have the UK government "almost certain" of the attribution to "Russian actors".

Criminal investigation ongoing, and gov't "reserves the right to respond with appropriate measures".

Still open questions: which Russian actors, and how were the docs obtained?
Secondary Infektion itself was a long-running and well-resourced influence operation that almost invariably used forgeries: the trade leaks were an exception.

It was also the most cross-platform op I know. Over 300 platforms.

Deep dive here. 
Some of the forged claims were outlandish (and clumsy). Here's an SI letter claiming that the US government was tapping the phones of the UK Royal Family.

"I have an honor to inform you..."
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