George Soros’ Open Society Foundations dodge attempted “infiltration”

On March 16, an attempt by conservative activist James O’Keefe III to place “undercover” agents into the network of progressive organizations coordinated by George Soros‘ Open Society Foundation backfired in a way more suited to a slapstick spy story than a sinister right-wing cabal of provocateurs.

After leaving a voicemail as “Victor Kesh”, a “Hungarian-American” claiming to be from an unnamed foundation dedicated to “fighting for, um, European values,” O’Keefe neglected to hang up his phone and spent the following seven minutes explaining his plan to his co-conspirators, recording the entire conversation onto the voicemail of OSF’s Dana Geraghty.

She passed along the message to Christopher Stone, president of Open Society Foundations, after listening to O’Keefe explain his plans to infiltrate the OSF network. They would use details from Geraghty’s LinkedIn profile to ingratiate themselves– but it didn’t occur to anyone to visit her page anonymously.

A potential spy was selected during the meeting, an English doctor with sophisticated technical skills; O’Keefe and his “Project Veritas” group are big fans of using hidden cameras, tiny microphones and fake names to sneak into the offices of elected officials and public aid facilities, in the hopes of catching something incriminating which can be used for propaganda purposes. Unfortunately, the high-tech devices were working against them this time, and an inability to hang up a phone, or open Dana Geraghty’s LinkedIn profile anonymously, combined to fizzle the plot.
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It’s no coincidence that the fictional “Victor Kesh” claimed to be “Hungarian-American;” Soros was himself born in Budapest, before fleeing to England ahead of the Nazi occupation. George Soros settled in the U.S. where he’s become well-known as the chair and founder of Soros Fund Management.

Operating in over 100 countries and dedicated to promoting “the values of open society, human rights, and transparency,” the OSF has been working to bring accountability and justice to nations and peoples around the world. George Soros is also a founder of the Democracy Alliance, a network of donors who contribute to an array of progressive causes and campaigns in the U.S., and as the 2016 speeds ever nearer, Democracy Alliance must have looked like an irresistible prize for Project Veritas.

Soros has faced vocal opposition outside of the U.S., as well; the OSF found itself on Russia’s “stop list” after Soros called for more pressure to be put on Russia’s unofficial annexation of the Ukraine. In fact, George Soros has been unpopular with pro-Apartheid South Africans, for granting scholarships to black South Africans, and he was probably reviled by Eastern Bloc censors, for providing copy machines to distribute banned texts and non-government sanctioned news. If you judge a person’s success by who their enemies are, Soros is triumphant. And it doesn’t hurt when your enemies can’t figure out their phones.

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