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Russia Attempts to Spread Lies and Propaganda on Conspiracy Sites

russian intelligenceThis week, I was surprised to receive a particular comment on our news report about murdered Mitre Consultant and American military hero John P. Wheeler III.

This comment was essentially a link to the website of pro-Chechen Insurgent run Kavkaz Center and a quote of the full article posted there about the recent report prepared by the Foreign Military Intelligence Directorate for Prime Minister Putin.

Essentially, the Russian intelligence service has magically connected the hundreds of dead birds in Arkansas, to the assassination of John P. Wheeler, and then lept to the amazing conclusion (without providing any solid evidence, by the way) that Wheeler was murdered by U.S. Intelligence because he “threatened to expose U.S. Military tests of poison gas.”

Russian Intel Distributes Anti-American Propaganda

Russian elements have recently been working hard to distribute this propaganda – shamefully disgracing the memory of American Hero John P. Wheeler, with baseless propaganda, conspiracy and outright lies.

The report to Putin and now distributed to media is essentially a pathetic attempt by Russian Intelligence to discredit U.S. Intelligence and promote an antagonistic stance toward U.S. Intelligence among the American public. Apparently, the Russian Intelligence services think that Americans are stupid.

Here’s the flimsy logic used in the report to loosely connect the dots.

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1. John P. Wheeler III’s military career included writing “one of the most important manuals on the effectiveness of biological and chemical weapons.” — TRUE.

2. That manual led to his being hired in 2009 as a consultant to the Mitre Corporation. — FALSE. Wheeler was a consultant with Mitre, but at the time of death, all evidence strongly implies that he was dealing with Cyber Warfare issues, not chemical or biological weapons.

3. Since Mitre has an aviation system development department that is at the “forefront of creating the computer command and control systems used by the USAF in their fleet of aerial spraying planes,” then clearly Wheeler MUST have been working on that project.

Let’s pause here. No evidence – and I mean absolutely zero evidence – for these gross assumptions and elaborate conspiracy creation, was offered in any of the online outlets that Russian elements used to distribute this nonsense across the web.

A Loose Game of Connect-the-Dots

4. According to the Russian intelligence report, those planes (which happened to be based at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas), have been used over the past few months with ‘test dispersants’ (nice spelling there Mr. Russian Internet Propagandist) of poisonous gasses in the Afghanistan War.

Get this – the Russian Report also tries to claim that clearly, since the chemical weapons stocks allegedly obtained from Iraq and held at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas (again, no evidence provided for this claim), then OBVIOUSLY, the Arsenal was responsible for the mass death of birds in January of this year due to the release of Iraq’s Phosgene gas. Evidence for all of these claims? None.

The Alleged “Earthquakes” and Chemical Weapons

The report states that an “accelerated” disposal “programme” has caused over 500 minor earthquakes and has raised concerns over the local population.

Well now, that’s interesting. But they blame the earthquakes, conveniently, on the alleged “injection” of poison gas into the earth by the U.S. government in Arkansas. An activity that they’ve completely dreamed up out of thin air.

However, a more realistic picture of the earthquakes and the bird deaths come from the sane analysis of Rady Ananda, who has a B.S. in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University’s School of Agriculture. In an excellent, scientific report, Rady explains how the recent earthquakes could have released toxins that killed the birds.

Hydraulic fracturing is the most likely culprit for all three events, as it causes earthquakes with a resultant release of toxins into the environment.

Rady’s explanation is that excessive gas wells since the 1950s are leading to this geological phenomenon. As far as the “oddity” of the event, The Washington Post reported that “Scientists say mass die-offs of wildlife happen regularly, and are usually unrelated and unreported.”

Ah, but the Russians have no need for science – they prefer wild speculation and conspiracy theory as the Russian lies in this report continue on as though no one will be willing to check the facts.

Using Phosgene Gas in Afghanistan

The claim is that Americans are shipping “Phosgene” gas, obtained from Iraq, into the Afghanistan war theater. The charge is that “when it is used” no one will be able to prove it was the U.S.

However, these charges from the Russians make me suspect that they plan to somehow introduce Phosgene gas in Afghanistan and then attempt to use these contrived rumors to point the finger at the U.S. After all, the Russians are known to have the largest stockpiles of these sorts of weapons in the entire world, and U.S. Intelligence can’t confirm whether it’s all been destroyed as promised.

Then, back to the use of Wheeler’s murder in this Russian propaganda report – the Russian intel claims that there was a US Air Force KC-767 tanker leaving Little Rock AFB and headed to Afghanistan, and that shortly after takeoff it had a “critical malfunction” of the aerial spraying computer over central Arkansas, and led to the death of thousands of red-wing blackbirds.

The Russian intel would like you to believe that not only was there an accidental release of Phosgene gas that killed the birds, but earlier, another accidental release over the Arkansas River that killed the 100,000 fish. We might try to explain the term Hydraulic Fracturing to these Russian propagandists, but I’m not even sure the idiots writing this Russian intelligence would understand English well enough.

Russian Intel Thinks Americans are Stupid

Again, the charge that “Wheeler threatened to go public with what was happening,” is completely false, supported by absolutely no fact or evidence whatsoever, and a disgrace to truth and to the memory of Wheeler.

Oh, and in addition to this poorly fabricated conspiracy theory, the likes of these propagandists at the Kavkaz Center also have this to say about Americans:

For hundreds of thousands of other Americans they have become so disassociated with what is happening to, and around them, they have proclaimed May 21, 2011 as the day the World will end and are giving up everything in preparing to meet their God.

Wow, really? That’s news to me and I’m American! How kind of these folks to tell us what we believe… They continue:

The Americans living today have utterly failed to heed these words and have, instead, become just what their masters have always intended for them to be… imbeciles. May God have mercy on them all.

I would only counter that the Russians in charge of this anti-American “news” report – filled with lies and propaganda that quickly falls apart with even an ounce of research effort – are the ones that are imbeciles. That much is fairly obvious.

Anyone out there on the web that has been fooled into picking up this fake news story, I recommend you delete it before your readers realize you’ve been duped by the Russians.

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  • Cgreen

    Ryan Dube’s essay on the Wheeler / Putin / Active Measures bushwa is absolutely first-rate. Ryan chronicles how an intentional, but stupid, “old-fashioned” Active Measures effort still exists in the Former Soviet Union (FSU).

    He then describes how less than astute arm-chair investigators on the internet are duped into magnifying the silliness…but how also, it can cause pain to family and others. An unintended consequence? Nope. Coincidence? I don’t THINK so.

    As an Intelligence Officer trained in the FSU’s Disinformatsia…and as a debriefer of dozens of Soviet Defectors in this den of dishonesty… I can sadly say the fundamental difference in my experience between this Black Propaganda and (most!) of the Western “White Propaganda” is the intention to use memes that multiply, as virus particles of the mind (I wish I had invented that term!).

    Today, an infection exists on the Internet (Read Ryan’s essays…please!) that is worse than all the intentions of the disinformatniks: it is found on the internet increasingly fed by the most banal as well as the most basic.

    Ryan is a good friend of mine, and well over 90% of his investigations I support…and maybe the slim parts of the remaining 10% are because I just don’t know all the data yet he has. In this case, he asked me a question: “(Why)…would … those elements…so blatantly use the web to distribute this type of propaganda?”

    My honest answer is that I am unsure. I sometimes think it is due to petty stupidity and sometimes to abject venality. But what I AM sure of, is that the degree of idiocy…exactly as Ryan has described so clearly and succinctly…even elegantly…has been as usual picked up by junior G-men of the Cloud who probably start out as delusional, and can not even understand Ryan’s analysis in the first place.

    There is more, but it relates to their small-mindedness, as well as their small IQ’s. The Wheeler / Birds / air-seeding of toxicants nonsense has been picked up from the FSU small disinformation effort for reasons of tiny chits of political destabilization…and memed into an acute epidemic by the chronically ill.

    Half the time when I read what is out there now on this story I want to cry in frustration. Half the time I reach for the “Spam Filter” key on my email client in anger and frustration. I can prescribe medicine legally for illness…but not to would-be patients who I can’t reach and treat.

    In the meantime…I read Ryan’s investigations. I at least feel better. Doctor, heal myself.

  • Null

    I fly KC-737 out of Pittsburg Kansas.

  • Or

    The first such report I ran across is from EUTimes, written by “Sacha Faal” – which is a front operated by a David Booth (do a Google search for both), a former computer programmer whom some say is conducting a US-based disinformation op, not Russian. Maybe the Chech guys just copied that.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Or – fascinating. Do you know of any evidence that proves David Booth is conducting a US-based disinfo op, or is that just something a few people that don’t like him writing are speculating about? It would be interesting to see what evidence people use to make that claim?

  • Anonymous

    The Russians always release this type of propaganda when they’re trying to distract from the Kremlin’s own criminal activity. I didn’t need to read your article to know that the Russians would release bull like this about Wheeler to cover-up their own involvement. What the iron triangle controlling the Kremlin hasn’t yet learned is that their arrogance doesn’t work on Americans. Anna Politkovskaya spoke from the grave when her diary was released and we know everything we need to know about Putin and the Kremlin advisors that watched The Godfather too many times and want to be known by the corny name of “The Family.” Killing Politkovskaya did not silence her! Books live on for all of time!!! I am not permitted to detail what makes me certain of the Kremlin’s involvement in Wheeler’s murder, but I am glad as heck there are journalists like you out there not in the know (ones in the know became bound by CIPA) asking the right questions and steering Americans in the right direction. It will make the truth when it is made public that much less of a shock. The faster we as Americans overcome shock the faster we put on our collective thinking caps to come-up with solutions we all find acceptable/palatable.

“The thing about the truth is, not a lot of people can handle it.” -Conor McGregor

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