A government campaign to counter extremism seems to have been engaging in secretive and deceitful activities. And in the process, it has got involved with some very unsavoury figures.
A 2011 report by PR firm Bell Pottinger and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (or Chatham House) says (p36):
Where counter-radicalization and criminal activity are concerned…, there are legal grounds for the disruption and disabling of certain activities in cyberspace, and for more elaborate practices such as the infiltration of internet chat rooms, and the use of these sites for the purposes of counter-radicalization. [emphasis added]
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