1 Jul 2011

Dirty Tricks Campaign Targets Anwar Too

Dirty Tricks Campaign Targets Anwar Too

20 year old photo dragged up to brand Anwar as a 'terrorist'

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is being targeted by the same malicious on-line bloggers who have sought to defame former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former US Ambassador John Malott.

Research by Sarawak Report has identified clear evidence that the same team of paid writers have been working on a sustained campaign of deliberate vilification of Anwar, in an attempt to destroy his image in the United States and to give the impression in Malaysia that he is heavily criticised in America.

This dirty tricks campaign began shortly after Tsunami election result in 2008 that nearly swept Anwar and the PR coalition into office and it is clearly financed by BN.

The US-based blog New Ledger was launched in 2009 as the main vehicle for these commissioned attacks and throughout 2010 and 2011 this supposedly American website has focused more on Anwar Ibrahim than on any other subject!

Sarawak Report, therefore, challenges UMNO/BN to deny our inside information that its party leadership are paying New Ledger and a web of associated on-line attack blogs to defame its main political opponent.

Over the top!

The shrill, malicious and one-sided articles produced by New Ledger’s team of American writers can, on the one hand, be dismissed as laughably ridiculous.  Rachel Motte, Christopher Badeaux, Leon Wolf and Brad Jackson are people with no profile in the United States or recognised expertise on Malaysia, however they vie almost daily to produce ever more vicious and obscene attacks.

'Vile anti-semite' and 'cowardly woman-abuser' - Christopher Badeaux sings for his supper!

On the other hand, the clear and deliberate agenda to create fear and hatred against Malaysia’s opposition leader, by exploiting  prejudice and ignorance in the United States, is chillingly malign.  New Ledger, which targets a right-wing Republican readership, continuously portrays Anwar as a “Jew-hating Muslim extremist” and constantly makes reference to un-proven sex allegations as if they were true.

Cheap and pompous!

‘Terrorist!’

The allegation that this team of paid name callers has worked hardest at repeating, however, is that Anwar is a dangerous Islamic terrorist.  They describe him as a “strategic threat” to the United States, should the “moderate” BN lose the next election and be replaced by this ‘enemy of the West’.  Readers of New Ledger could be forgiven for concluding that Anwar could become the next Osama bin Ladin!

These self-proclaimed experts repeat the same justifications to back these claims. One is that Anwar is a founder of the International institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), based in Virginia. Attempts to brand any Muslim organisation as terrorist-linked can easily gain support in the States post-9/11, however this claim bears little scrutiny.

Brad Jackson, self-proclaimed expert

A genuine American expert in Malaysia affairs, former Ambassador John Malott, has commented on this particular allegation and thoroughly dismisses it:

“Like many other Islamic/Muslim groups, the IIIT was raided by the FBI after 9/11 and was investigated thoroughly. The US Government never filed any charges against IIIT. The US Government has never listed it as a terrorist organization, and the US Government has never closed it down. Yet the charges of an IIIT connection to the Muslim Brotherhood continue to circulate, without evidence, on various right-wing blogs. What do these bloggers know that the US Government does not?” Ambassador John Malott

For this reason Malott explains there is no official or expert credence given in the United States to the sort of ‘analysis’ that the New Ledger writers come up with.  “This is just a very narrow group of right-wing websites and I do not think they are having any impact on the body politic”, he told Sarawak Report.

Another website linked to New Ledger is Sarawak Report(s). It is equally obsessed with Anwar!

Target audience?

Malott also confirms that very few Americans are aware of or interested in matters to do with Malaysian politics and he is therefore sceptical as to why such a dominating proportion of the New Ledger website is devoted to this subject.  The website, after all, claims to be appealing to right wing Americans.  Their mission is:

“to sift through the noise to bring your attention to the news you need and want”          [New Ledger]

Current line up of top stories served up by New Ledger for its conservative American readers - as always half are about Anwar and Malaysia!

In fact, few Americans would place endless articles about Anwar Ibrahim on a list of information they want or need, or indeed their Sarawak articles about Clare Rewcastle Brown.

The real target audience is, of course, the BN politicians who have expensively commissioned the articles and people who might be influenced back in Malaysia.  BN leaders are anxious and jealous about Anwar ibrahim’s close contacts with Western opinion formers and his reputation as a liberal and a democrat, who was brutally jailed on false charges by his political enemies.

It is clear that BN politicians would like to see this image destroyed in America and in Malaysia and have engaged the writers of New Ledger to carry out the task.  Ambassador Malott, who continues to observe Malaysian affairs and who has himself been vilified by the same writers, commented to Sarawak Report:

“Why have these people, who are unknown and not experts on Malaysia, suddenly become so interested in one issue?  They are not writing about any other countries, only Malaysia.  It seems obvious to me that they are being paid” [Ambassador John Malott].

To accept secret payments for articles that pose as genuine news and comment is the hallmark of a disreputable website and discovery of such a fact would be fatal to a journalistic career for any of these writers in any respectable organisation in the United States.  Malott concludes that it has been a “highly ineffective campaign” and another example of money wasted by the Malaysian Government on PR.  “For several million dollars, is Rachel Motte and Christopher Badeaux the best you can get?” was his comment to Sarawak Report.

More dirty web tricks

Rachel Motte - pleased to have found 'fame' in Malaysia!

Our research has established that the online PR campaign against Anwar has adopted exactly the same strategy as the campaign against Sarawak Report, commissioned by Taib.  That game plan is to ‘bounce back’ the articles that have been placed in the United States websites into anonymously run blogs in Malaysia and then work on getting the stories into Malaysia’s mainstream media, as if they had originated from a reputable source.

In this way they are conniving to mislead the Malaysian public and trick them into thinking that Anwar is also despised in America and has lost his influence in the US establishment.

Malaysia Watcher is one of the key websites that is managed by the New Ledger team and which colludes in this practice.  New Ledger writers like to refer to Malaysia Watcher as an ‘independent website’, which they use as a resource, but in fact the sites ‘bounce’ stories off each other to build them up.

Far from being independent or objective Malaysia Watcher sets out its agenda as “keeping a close eye on Anwar Ibrahim” in its google search profile!   Favourite contributors are Motte, Badeaux and Wolf and all the articles are hysterically one-sided attacks on Anwar.

Malaysia Watcher - targetted against Anwar and running material from New Ledger

The sort of disinformation and defamation practised by this dirty tricks team can be shown in just one example of a recent New Ledger/Malaysia Watcher story.  On January 28th of this year their writer Brad Jackson claimed that CNN had discovered from secret Saudi files that Anwar Ibrahim might be receiving money from terrorists.

'Expert' Brad Jackson's interpretation of the truth in New Ledger 28th Jan

In fact the actual news story from CNN, which had been broadcast and placed online the day before, on 27th January (below), said the exact opposite.  It said that the secret Saudi intelligence showed there was NO evidence that Anwar had received any money. Significantly, Brad Jackson was trying to back up an earlier accusation that had been made against Anwar by New Ledger’s own pay master, the BN leader Najib Razak.

Jackson lied - the CNN report said the exact opposite. It confirmed that the secret papers showed there was 'no basis' to Najib's accusations that Anwar had received Saudi money

Journalists who write such deliberate distortions of the plain truth purely to please their paymasters can expect to hold no credibility in the United States.  However, this damaging lie was designed to be carefully disseminated as black propaganda.

Poison pens

Like poison pen writers these dirty tricksters attempt to hide their actions.  In an earlier article we detailed how New Ledger’s Rachel Motte unprofessionally libelled Ambassador John Malott.  When we tracked him down he told Sarawak Report he had immediately sent her “a strongly worded email”.  In it he informed Motte that by calling him “Anwar’s lackey” she had  insulted his integrity and he would consider legal action.  Motte, he reports, removed the article from New Ledger within 10 minutes.

However, the article was nevertheless posted up on the allied site Malaysia Watchers and remains there unchanged.  Sarawak Report challenges New Ledger to deny any connection with this site, which has republished some 20 articles from New Ledger over the past few months.  Malaysia Watcher is registered under the same domain by proxy company as the Taib ‘Sarawak Report(s)’ site, which is also linked to New Ledger and also carries articles about Anwar created by the same group of writers.

Removed from New Ledger under threat of legal action, but Motte has kept the story up on the team's Malaysia website

We suggest that Rachel Motte continues to insult the Ambassador’s integrity via an unattributed website, which she and her fellow writers like to refer to their American readers as a reliable source.

The Jewish slur

What twits! - Rachel gossips on Twitter with a journalist pal from Bernama at the successful placement of one of her stories on Malaysia's official news agency !

The other accusation that New Ledger writers make repeatedly against Anwar is that he is an anti-Semite/hater of Jews.  This is a prejudice that is particularly obnoxious in the eyes of most Americans and so the insult is designed to turn opinion against Anwar in the States.

Repeatedly New Ledger writers cite as proof of Anwar’s bigotry his recent criticisms of BN’s large payments to APCO the US lobbyists and PR company with offices based in Israel.  Sarawak Report has evidence of clear links between the managers of New Ledger and APCO, an interest they do not declare in making these comments.

Meanwhile, the same writers seek to imply that Najib and BN are to the contrary friendly and uncritical of Jewish people and of Israel and would not use pejorative terms against them.  This is despite the fact that Malaysia is the one country in the world that forbids its citizens to travel to Israel and BN politicians repeatedly refer to Jewish people as”Zionist”.

Indeed, in Malaysia itself BN continuously criticize Anwar for the exact opposite of anti-semitism - they accuse him of being pro-Israel and anti-Muslim!  For example, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin publicly attacked Anwar for being pro-Jewish saying:

“We know for a fact his ties with pro-Zionist groups.” [Muhyiddin Yassin 01/07/10]

Likewise, when Israel took action against the relief ship for Palestinians entering its waters last year, Prime Minister Najib Razak made his own terminology towards Israel clear.

“We do not want to stop at resolutions condemning the Zionist regime” he announced in a speech full of condemnations of Israel

BN politicians are suspicious of Anwar’s known friendships with American liberals, a number of whom are Jewish.  Yet, while they condemn Anwar as a weak Muslim and pro-Israeli back home in Malaysia, they allow their paid writers in America to portray him as anti-Jewish and as a Muslim extremist on right-wing websites.

The aim of such cynicism is to create the impression that Anwar is a terrorist threat to American interests, while the BN government (which has become increasingly dependent on the support of extreme Muslim groups) is a moderate ally against such terrorism.

The paid writers in this pernicious project should declare their financial interests in the propaganda they put out.

  • aborium

    The plot thickens. While it is clear that the paid writers have a devious and devilish agenda of discrediting anyone they so wish with instructions from their paymaster(s), the Malaysian public is left to ponder the identity of the 'unseen hands' behind the plot and their ultimate motive.

    It's a breeding ground for conspiracy theories one of which was called the "Malay Hypothesis" propounded in 1994 by Ralph Olsen, a retired chemistry professor at Montana University. He made the claim, and it is still controversial, that the peoples mentioned in the Book of Mormon some 2500 years ago BC, were from the Malay Archipelago, Malaysia included.

    The key word is "Mala" and we can only venture to say this much as of now. And though far-fetched it may seem, its relevance to the happenings in present day body politics in Malaysia can't be totally ignored either . To the unseen hands, Anuar is just be a pawn in the bigger scheme of things.

    We keep you in suspense while the plot unfolds.

    • John Hardick

      Who else but UMNO and its apartheid-communist ideology, UMNOism.

      Who supplied funds and arms to the insurgents in Southern Thailand and Southern Philippines? If it is not those who practice apartheid and communism, then who?

      If apartheid is despicable and communism is toxic, UMNOism must be despicably toxic.

  • KARMA BELIEVER

    TO ALL POISON PEN WRITER TAKE NOTE IN YOUR DIARY NOW THAT IF YOU CONTINUE TO DO BAD THING TO RUN DOWN PEOPLE YOU WILL LOOSE YOUR HAND BY DIVINE INTERVENTION.I WILL PROVE THIS IN A MATTER OF TIME.AMEN

  • http://n/a Watch Dog

    Wow..TM is using Yankees to tell lies about others to cover his very own.

    Sarawak people are not interested as it has NO bearing at all. All we want is TM alone..Please repent and back down TAIB.

    We HATE monopoly by your family,crony and race GOVERNMENT..TAIB, Mahmud, "Chingkulung group, Melanau..

    Corruption is a CRIME and make it mandatory death penalty by firing squad.

    You can employ Yankess,British, French, Australian or any other people to slander others but we do NOT bulge as we only want TAIB MAHMUD to step down..NO MORE raping our forest and steal our NCR land and sell to 'CHINGKULUNG'.

    March for democracy and destroy MONOPOLY…

    1.BERSIH 2..July 9th.

    2.TAIB STEP DOWN…after AUGUST 13th.

    ALL SARAWAKIANS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TAIB'S COLONY..WEAR

    'Y E L L O W" T SHIRTS AND HEAD BAND…

    FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY AND FEAR NO ONE ESPECIALLY BN GROUP..LET THEM BARK.. BUT FEAR NO ONE…COME WE MARCH ALL OVER SARAWAK..ULU AREAS AND TOWNS WHETHER BIG OR SMALL…PAKU,LACHAU,SERIAN,TEBEDU,SEMATAN,LUNDU..BETONG,SRI AMAN,DEBAK,..ALL OVER PLEASE COME OUT IN FULL FORCE.

  • Ayam Jantan

    Bravo and salute to Sarawak report and its brave team for standing up against the heavy guns of Taie Mammoth and BN's heavily-funded machinery. No doubt they can apply many strategies but the world is not blind and the truth and goodness shall prevail.

    To Sarawak Report, please keep up the good work and keep your spirits high in exposing the evil regime of Taib and the BN. Know that the majority are behind you and that your good work will slowly but surely bring the giants tumbling down.

    The cheap, journalists-for-hire in the likes of Rachel Motte, Christopher Badeaux, and Leon Wolf have no credibility and will never be hired by reputable Media Organizations. Alas, they will remain as scavengers living-off crumbs and droppings of dirty politicians, crooks and thieves. Their writings will never be taken seriously.

    There is a local saying that once one has tasted shit, one will be addicted to it and continues to eat shit no matter what the world says. They are nothing but shameful journalists who tarnish their profession.

  • Proudmalaysian

    Flash money infront of some people and you will be surprised what people will do for dough. They don't know anything about Malaysia and perhaps never even set foot on our soil. As the saying goes, money is the root of all evil. Money is good used constructively but MONEY unfortuantely ruins people's lives too. Greed, desperation for more bling-blings drives these lot, simple as that. They don't care two hoots who Malaysians are, they only see the big "S" with 2 strokes, and they don't care either. Of course that don't apply to any particular race, creed or country. Dangle enough dough infront of these characters, they will sell their souls.

  • najibrazak

    It seems our dirty tricks campaign (which has cost BN a lot of money) has failed. I have every reason to hate Anwar but I would never accuse him of being a terrorist extremist. Its just too silly and an obvious lie. We will stop paying New Ledger and the Mound.

  • http://google abdullah37

    I KNOW FOR SURE THAT UMNO DOES OPERATE A DIRTY TRICKS DEPARTMENT BUT I AM SURPRISED THAT IT'S OPERATIONS HAVE GONE INTERNATIONAL.LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A GOMEN RUN BY CROOKS FROM THE MAFIA.

  • antu raya

    i salute the devil who coined the phrase "think local, act global"

    • aborium

      The common enemy is Djjal, not the human kind but with super human powers!

  • Realistic

    Rachel Motte looks a bit like Laila Taib. Is is a coincidence??

  • Blunt Speaker

    By hook or by crook, this is the GOVT of BN UMNO! See how desperate they are to hold on to power? Let's get rid of this rotten regime! They have really shown their true colors and are none other than a bunch of thieves, robbers, liars, captain hooks and crooks.

  • http://n/a Watch Dog

    Ms.Motte or whore Rachel Motte…can you please also investigate who supply arms to the muslims in Southern Thailand,Yala Province and Southern Philippines,Mindanao area??

    Your findings may amazed you and do print your findings in SR.

    Please let the whole world know about it.,Thanks

  • concerned reader

    BN always double talk. For example, to Malay group, UMNO will say that Pakatan Rakyat is under DAP's regime, citing DAP ruled Penang as an example, where the Malay interests have deteriorated while at the same time accusing DAP as chinese chauvinist party.

    For Chinese group, MCA, Gerakan, and SUPP would say that PAS leads Pakatan Rakyat, citing the example of Perak (where MB was from PAS although DAP had the most no of seats in the government), Kedah and Kelantan where Islamic policies have been implemented because majority there are muslims. And that Chinese's interests will be neglected because PAS will implement hudud and Islamic laws.

    So which of the above accusations from BN is true? Let's us just vote Pakatan and see! To BN, please coordinate your lies before saying them out!

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  • http://n/a Watch Dog

    IF YOU WEAR YELLOW SHIRT,YOU WILL BE ARRESTED AS IT IS ILLEGAL.

    SO MEANING THAT BY SUPPORTING MALAYSIA FOOTBALL TEAM AND YOU WEAR MALAYSIAN YELLOW JERSEY, YOU WILL BE ARRESTED.THIS IS THE DIRECTIVE FROM KERISAMUDDIN.IGP TOO ALSO ASKED HIS MEN TO ARREST YOU IF YOU WEAR MALAYSIAN FOOTBALL TEAM YELLOW JERSEY. IT IS ILLEGAL NOW.DON'T BUY THEM.

  • Billauchris

    Articles adverse to DSAI have been proliferating since the 2008 Tsunami General Election which saw in no uncertain term how the BN ugly heads were stumped into their filty collars. The BN pride had been seriouly dented and hurt as such all the UMNO ultraputras' machinery is now bent and aimed at destroying DSAI and PR before they destroy the BN/UMNO Government.

    The rakyat are not blind to what had and have been taking place the past fifty years in the country. They know the evil scheming of the UMNO ultras to perpetuate their power at the expense of the other ethnic races in Malaysia by playing up the race and religion issues.

    One question recently was posed to Dr MM as to what he had done to help improve the status of the so-called Malays? He had developed in them the obvious propensity to hell. Through skillful manipulating of the NEP and the Education Policy, he had succeeded in giving birth to a new bleed of Malays whose leaders and their followers are corrupt, fraudulent, avaricious, self-fish, dishonest and belligerent. This can demostrated by the way they squander the country resources by spending on non essentials and items from which they could enrich their purses.

    How long can these financial maurauders going to be in power? Popular beliefs and views are rife they will go all out to stay in power regarding of whether the country is going to be bankrupt or not.

    While speculation of the next GE is around the corner, officers are being sent out to corrupt the Malay voters in the rural areas particularly those government and semi-government servants who have been hounded at their work places and homes by these unscrupulous officers in an evil and devilish attempt to poison their minds and corrupt them into voting for UMNO at the next GE.

    Cash and non-cash pledges have been offered with an intimidation that they are under CCTV and if they are found to be voting for parties other than UMNO, they would return to get back their dirty money. This also means that the election system is not fully confidential since the EC can identify who are those who voted for the opposition.

    My fellow Malaysians, be careful that your voting slips are not being defaced and contaminated by any pencil marks at the back or anywhere on the voting slips.

    UMNO can only thrive on its despicable deceitful and fear instilling methods of influencing the minds of the masses. They have been buying votes and corrupting the democratic system of government and this must stop. Only people';s power can do that to remove them for the benefit of our children and future generations.

    Be it known, none of the campaigns against DSAI and PR will affect the people's determination to change the corrupt, deceitful and discriminatory government.

    • http://n/a Watch Dog

      BILLAUCHRIS…THESE CLOWNS CAN ASK ALL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD TO HELP THEM TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST DSAI(THAT IS PROVIDED THAT THEY WANT TO HELP THE CORRUPTED BN GOVERNMENT)IT WILL NOT REPEAT NOT CHANGE POUR STAND..WE WANT CHANGE FROM A CORRUPT TO JUST GOVERNMENT WHO FEAR GOD AND NOT PRACTICE HINDU RITUALS,BATU DELIMA MERAH, BATU RUKAN,KERIS BERDIRI, TOYOL,BATU BATU PACAK BUMI,OR WHATEVER LUCIFERS,DJINS..WE DO NOT FEAR THEM.

      NOW WE WANT CHANGE, CHANGE WE NEED..LET THE SCALES BALANCE INSTEAD OF TILTING NOW.

      WEAR YELLOW..BRAZIL FOOTBALL JERSEYS AND MALAYSIAN YELLOW FOOTBALL JERSEYS..IT SI NOT A CRIME AS WE ARE FANS OF THESE TWO COUNTRIES IN FOOTBALL.GO AND BUY THEM NOW…B2.

  • GSKuntapan

    There are a lot of revelation in this article. In particular how the UMNO-led BN is wasting millions of taxpayers' money to pay these UMNO/BN paid bloggers. Just like UPCO. However, if I didn't serf Sarawak Report, I wouldn't have seen this article. I am a M2Day addict.

    So M2Day, why don't you post this in M2Day. I am sure many Malaysian would like to read this.

    TQ.

  • The Ordinary Rakyat

    To the Malaysian rakyat now, it's not about supporting Anwar or PR, it's rather about supporting the lesser of the devils. It's about wanting change, it's about wanting clean and fair elections, it's about wanting to take back power(the rakyats power), it's about wanting to put a stop to curruption, it's about putting a stop to human rights abuse committed by the police and those in power who were suppossedly sworn in to protect us, it's about wanting a better future for Malaysia, this we owe it to our children, and the future generations of Malaysians.

    Hidup! Hidup! Hidup Rakyat! Bersih! Bersih!

    • Wetsemenet

      Go Bersh!t in London there. I think the Queen needs to wear a new frock.

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