UK Parliament Terror Attack: the 4Chan Connection

Was the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6 linked to a cryptic 4Chan post in connection with an imminent Terrorist Attack?

In the immediate aftermath of the London Terrorist Attack on Wednesday, as things were still largely uncertain with regard to what exactly had happened, the Independent newspaper published a story on its website inferring that a reference to the imminent terrorist outrage had been made on one of the best known imageboard websites on the internet: frequented by large numbers of anonymous users, including high profile members of the Anonymous Hacktivist Collective. Since the original appearance of the story, at some point on Wednesday afternoon, only one other website, the UK edition of the design, technology and science webzine Gizmodo, has made any significant reference to the post, which may well implicate MI6 in the whole affair.

Just over two months ago this website reported on the appearance of a story linked to the so called ‘Trump Dossier’, apparently fabricated by former MI6 operative Chris Steele in an attempt destablize the Trump Presidential Campaign, on the hacker and internet troll image and bulletin board 4Chan. The resultant interest in the dossier, on social media at least, led to the publication of its contents on the Buzzfeed website, and the outrage and furore that it generated there, among some of those referred to directly in its pages, was to lead to a high profile court action, likewise reported on this website.

Previous to this, although the dossier had been known about, and in some instances circulated, in mainstream media and government circles at least, those in power were reluctant to give it any credibility because of the complete lack of verification with regard to some of its more outrageous claims. Indeed, in the immediate aftermath of the Buzzfeed ‘scoop’ and the widespread appearance of unredacted copies of the dossier right the way across the internet, Forbes magazine were quick to expose the document as a fake: thus giving substance to claims, from Russian quarters at least, that the authors of the dossier were ‘worse than prostitutes‘.

Given the fact that Chris Steele, the principal author and collator of the dossier, is himself a former MI6 operative with proven links to a network of high ranking politicians, civil servants and spymasters, many of whom are proven members of ‘Le Cercle‘, another covert power group of the West akin to the infamous Bilderberg Group, with extensive connections to the Middle East, and Saudi Arabia in particular, it should come as little surprise if it should turn out that the two posts on 4Chan were in some way interconnected with one another. The Independent’s website, which, interestingly enough, is owned by the enigmatic London based Russian playboy Evgeny Lebedev, son of the former KGB operative and oligarch Alexander Yevgenievich Lebedev, declared in banner headlines how a ‘Chilling 4chan post‘, written the day before the London terror attack, appeared to predict the incident in the immediate aftermath of the attack itself.

The article then went on to reveal that the ‘attack may have been flagged by a post on the 4chan forum, which contained references to its exact location. It also contained a photo, taken from the internet, of two guns,’ before revealing that directly alongside this image, ‘the user posted a series of dashes and dots – when translated into Morse code, they pointed to a URL, and at that page was the exact co-ordinates for the attack.’ Facts that were likewise pointed out on the website. The additional fact pointed out by Gizmodo was that the poster appears to have used a Danish ip but that he or she could have been using a proxy. The Gizmodo website also made its users aware that the compiler of the 4Chan post had likewise posted links to a pastebin post, also of 21st March, where the mysterious Morse Code message, in which the apparent coordinates of the later attack were revealed. It would appear from the above that this last mentioned item had clearly been posted previous to the 4Chan post going up.

If there was an as yet unverified connection between the poster, MI6 and quite possibly someone who was aware that the attack was due to take place before it actually happened, it would explain the contradictory messages that have been coming out of the UK mainstream media since the atrocity took place on Wednesday. Having mostly claimed that the attacker acted alone for reasons that are likely to remain unclear at the weekend, the Guardian website revealed today that Khalid Masood had already been identified as a potential extremist as early as 2010; and was apparently associated with a number of individuals who had links to the proscribed Jihadist organization al-Muhajiroun at the time that they themselves were under investigation by MI5. Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph has also since revealed that he had also been investigated in connection with his apparent links to four al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists who were subsequently jailed in 2013 in a case involving a plot to bomb a Territorial Army base in Luton.

In view of the fact that Masood is alleged to have used WhatsApp  just a few minutes before Wednesday’s attack took place, and that British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been calling for WhatsApp’s encryption to be made ‘accessible to authorities‘, it is not difficult to understand why those in authority might have wanted the attack to take place. Unfortunately for Rudd, she appears to be out of her depth on this one as have also pointed out, as the way in which end-to-end encryption actually works makes messages inacessible to anyone other than the sender and the recipient, even the platform provider. Indeed, as cyber security specialist Major General Jonathan Shaw has since made clear, attempts by government to decrypt social media messages would only see terrorists use other more secure methods of communication. In a statement published on the Independent’s website earlier today, a story likewise picked up by the Russian news service RT, the former cyber security chief claimed that the UK Government ‘is ‘using’ the Westminster attack to grab unnecessary spying powers‘; which only goes to provide further circumstantial evidence that the cryptic warning posted on 4Chan some twenty four hours before the attack is in fact genuine.

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Having begun his career as a junior researcher at Thames Television in London, he has written for a wide range of publications including 'The Brighton Reporter', 'Durham Town and Country', 'The Brighton and Hove People' and 'The New Celtic Review'. As an exhibited film maker he has been a regular contributor and award nominee at the Portobello Film Festival in London; and has seen his work shown at the annual London Film Makers' Convention at the prestigious Round House Theatre.

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