On the afternoon of January 4 I was putting the finishing touches to a series of articles about the Integrity Initiative’s activities in Germany, when hacking syndicate Anonymous released another tranche of files plucked from the organization’s internal servers. The content was so explosive I was forced to put the multi-part project on hold.
– Kit Klarenberg
The new trove included several highly incriminating files related to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in March 2018, which raised a number of extremely serious questions about the shadowy British state and NATO-funded ‘think tank’ and its connections with the affair.
A few hours after publishing an article based on a precursory investigation of the documents, I received a curious email from political scientist Hannes Adomeit — the subject line ‘Criminal Charges against Kit Klarenberg’ — which made me somewhat glad I’d postponed my German series.
For several days, I’d been attempting to reach out to him and other individuals — prominent German politicians, businesspeople, military officials, academics and journalists — named in an ‘interim report’ on the German cluster. It appeared Adomeit led the cluster, and had produced the write up for his Initiative paymasters in October 2018.
Responses to my enquiries were few, and Adomeit’s email potentially shed light on why — he’d automatically moved my email to his ‘trash’ folder after seeing it’d been sent from an ‘@sputniknews.com’ address.
“On second thought, however, I regretted it and asked my colleague Harold Elletson, whom you also contacted, for your address. I also retrieved it from the email you sent to Reporters without Borders board member Gemma Poerzgen. The reconsideration was spurred by your contacting other actual or potential members of the German cluster, and the point is to ask you how you succeeded in breaking into confidential communications — in this case the information that I met or was going to meet with Gemma Poerzgen in October of last year. This information was not made public in any way by either Ms. Poerzgen or me,” he wrote. …