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Prayut promises to order probe into cyber war charges

 

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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday said he will order a probe into an allegation by an opposition MP that government’s security agencies are behind a network of social media that have been waging a cyber war against critics of the government and the military by spreading fake news and damaging materials against them.

 

Prayut insisted that his government has no policy to direct its agencies to slander its critics as accused. “I myself have been a victim of such conduct,” he said in a short interview with the media in response to charges by Viroj Lakkana-adisorn, an MP of the now-defunct Future Forward Party.

 

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan declined to comment on the issue when asked by reporters. “The prime minister himself will respond to that,” he said. Viroj made the charges while speaking during the no-confidence debate on Tuesday night that targeted Prime Minister Prayut who is also defence minister.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/prayut-promises-to-order-probe-into-cyber-war-charges/

 

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His record for keeping his promises are there for all to see,just another example of his infantile ineptitude.

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Again, why jump to the "probe" so fast.

 

Form a committee first.

 

 

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Smile and wave, smile and wave.   Say something meaninglessly sympathetic.   Make a gesture everyone knows to be hollow. Smile and wave, smile and wave. Repeat.

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OF course they have a "cyber war room". I would be quite disappointed if they did not.

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4 hours ago, mtls2005 said:

Again, why jump to the "probe" so fast.

 

Form a committee first.

 

 

 

Absolutely correct. 'Mulling' should always precede 'probing'.

 

 

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A probe with a toothpick maybe,he definitely does not

want to find anything to substantiate the claims.

maybe it will end up as the Russians did it.

regards worgeordie

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday said he will order a probe into an allegation by an opposition MP that government’s security agencies are behind a network of social media that have been waging a cyber war against critics of the government

Another pointless internal investigation!

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PM denies role in Army ‘cyber-war on critics’

By The Nation

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has denied that the government financed the military in waging cyber-war on critics of his handling of the insurgency in the Thai South.

 

He complained that the allegation, made by former Future Forward Party MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, had damaged the government’s image and should be investigated.

 

“It’s not a threat. It’s just a procedure,” Prayut said.

 

The premier has been quizzed before about information operations (IO), which some see in the state’s hands as an invasive use of technology that might violate basic rights and freedoms, but insisted he had no policy on the matter. 

 

Lt Gen Thanya Kriatisarn, commander of the Second Army Region, said he ordered relevant organisations to share information with the Defence Ministry and added that Wiroj’s allegation merely muddled the facts.

 

“I can confirm that this wasn’t a ministry order to establish IO in each division of the Army,” he said.

 

The ministry is vulnerable to critics’ confused attacks because it remains weak at public relations, he said.

 

Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn on Tuesday made public three military documents – one from Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), a video interview with an alleged former IO officer, and a Line message from commanders involved in the alleged operation.

 

The documents appeared to accuse a website that allegedly encouraged unrest in the southern border provinces, pulony.blogspot.com, of being funded by ISOC from 2017-2019.

 

They indicated that IO was operated via three Line chat groups, members of which created two accounts on Facebook to tackle the government’s critics. 

 

“This kind of operation must get its funding from somewhere, and the Army can’t do it without orders,” Wiroj said. 

 

“The budget must have come from tax revenues, and it was being used to legally oppose citizens on social media. I believe the prime minister, who is also defence minister, was behind it.”

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382956

 

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5 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

had damaged the government’s image

doubt anyone , thai or farang, has any positive image of this inept 'government'

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25 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

“The budget must have come from tax revenues, and it was being used to legally oppose citizens on social media. I believe the prime minister, who is also defence minister, was behind it.”

He has and big broom and lumpy carpet to hide such things if you so chooses.    Give that he is such a thin skinned coward, it easy to believe he would try to silence critics. 

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3 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

He complained that the allegation, made by former Future Forward Party MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, had damaged the government’s image and should be investigated.

 

He is such a p rick to everyone's intelligence. 

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Actions normally speak louder than words. But! 

 

 

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18 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has denied that the government financed the military in waging cyber-war on critics of his handling of the insurgency in the Thai South.

 

He complained that the allegation, made by former Future Forward Party MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, had damaged the government’s image and should be investigated.

 

“It’s not a threat. It’s just a procedure,” Prayut said.

Yeah right.

 

Maybe the "non-government" folk doing the cyber thing should be a little more subtle, rather than telling anyone they disagree with that they are not Thai and should be in jail, they should us intelligent engagement to persuade their opponents, maybe using someone who can write/speak the language of the original poster of said message. They might also want to try not sending the jack-boots to arrest anyone they disagree with as another tactic. These unsubtle methods remind folk of past (failed) authoritarian regimes.

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