Could the Russians use Greenpeace?
According to its U.S. tax declaration of Greenpeace US, Greenpeace Inc. and the Greenpeace Foundation recently published on ProPublica (see here), the answer is yes. At least more questions about the Greenpeace unintended consequences should be raised since last year the NATO Secretary General posed the question if Greenpeace is on the payroll of the Russians. Greenpeace denied the idea as ludicrous.
Like the Russian active measure campaigns, Greenpeace has a long history of well-organized campaigns and the use of paid Facebook Ads. The Russian
Greenpeace & the KGB
Part of the anti-nuclear movement in the 1980’s the KGB’s active measures program heavily funded any anti-nuclear weapon movement in the west. It is long alleged Green groups like Greenpeace were ‘useful idiots’ for the Russian efforts.
The claim first gained credible evidence with the unearthing of the Mitrokhin Archives, the archivist of the KGB files. The files claimed that the original Rainbow Warrior, after it has been bought by Greenpeace, it has been refurbished in a shipyard in Tallinn at KGB’s expense.
Greenpeace own its own site acknowledged the funding of a Soviet CD album called Breakthrough featuring U2, Eurythmics, REM, INXS, SHADE, Bryan Ferry and others by the state owned company ‘Melodia’, rumored with funds from the KGB, the forerunner of today’s Federal Security Bureau, the FSB.
In 1989, in the days of the Soviet Union, no interaction with Soviet officials was without the involvement of the KGB.
Greenpeace on the payroll of the Russians?
The claim is not that far off more recent statements by NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The question if Greenpeace is on Putin’s payroll was raised by Bloomberg reporter Leonid Bershidsky in 2014, after it was revealed the U.S. revolution in oil extraction method ‘fracking’ undermines Russia’s oil exports.
Rasmussen said in the European Parliament that Gazprom had spent 82 million euros, or about $100 million, to fund anti-fracking activities across Europe. Whereas Greenpeace denied the allegations to be puppet’s of Putin’s regime a 2017 Frontline interview with Julia Ioffe supports the view of the Russians anti-fracking efforts.
Like the Russians, Greenpeace aims to influence the public through political messaging by using mass data and paid ads. The smear campaigns against corporations and governments are identical to the Russian campaigns.
Greenpeace buying Facebook Ads
ProPublica recent launch of the Nonprofit Explorer, a website examining non profit organizations. In its 2016/2017 reporting to U.S. tax authorities, of 12,2 million dollars the U.S. Greenpeace Inc. purchases Facebook ads to campaign.
The public filing furthermore shows Greenpeace through “Geo-targeted emails” Greenpeace links its narrative to Greenwire events. Like any other political campaign Greenpeace is engaged for some time in using weapons for its culture wars. Again, Russia’s campaigns displays very similarly techniques.
What is geo-targeted emails? Also referred as trigger-based email marketing, campaigners can automate the deployment of email campaigns with pre-determined triggers on a regional or local basis to coincide with popular sporting, culture, weather or geography-specific political events.
Trigger intelligence technology significantly improves email campaign performance, clicks and conversions. This fosters real-time conversations between customers and a campaign with highly personalized content based on what the customer is currently experiencing.
In other words, Greenpeace conducts structured propaganda operations to use geo-targeting emails and paid Facebook Ads.
The annual filing of Greenpeace Inc. in only one (!) column shows expenses of $ 12,294,670 including grants of $ 109,454, and revenues $ 95,418.
Greenpeace the “useful idiots” in the Russian disinformation campaign?
The term was originally used to describe non-Communists regarded as susceptible to Communist propaganda and manipulation. The term has often been attributed to Vladimir Lenin.
The tax filing reports also shows Greenpeace US the group has launched prior to the US presidential election a campaign against Hillary Clinton and her ties to the oil companies.
In the tax filing Greenpeace celebrated the success of the campaign alleging candidate Clinton to “big oil”. It is somewhat curious the Greenpeace and 350.org action backfired. Despite the success of nearly crashing the website it shows the political nature of Greenpeace playing into the hands of the Russian efforts.
“…and nearly broke the website with the most traffic we’ve seen since Portland..”
So is Greenpeace’s effort on fracking. According to the Greenpeace filings in July 2016, Greenpeace “fought an intensive battle” with the Oil and Gas industry in Colorado.
The New York Times was quoted, “If either measure passes, it would represent the most serious political effort yet in the United States to Stop…Fracking”. Again Greenwire was part of the campaign strategy.
“…This Initiative Would Have Effectively Ended A Majority Of Fracking In The State….”
Fake news, accusation of “predatory companies”, video operations, Youtube and vimeo, and placard operations just to name a few are part of active propaganda tactics used by the Russians and Greenpeace.
Long standing experts on Russia argue the Russian president Vladimir Putin hates the fracking technology as it changes the oil recovery industry. Both, the historical and contemporary narratives of policy officials, holds traction with Greenpeace are the useful idiots in the service of Moscow.
Is Greenpeace serving the strategic interests of Russia, yes likely, since active measures and economic warfare would be a classic KGB/FSB, Soviet/Russian method.
The Greenpeace tax filings as a record shows the link of Greenpeace against Clinton in fact may well played into Moscow’s calculations and wider campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton’s election campaign. As the old saying goes, Hell is paved with good intention, U.S. authorities may need look into the doings of Greenpeace and the Russians.