Wikileaks has been run by an Australian national and fugitive from justice named Julian Assange (2), currently hiding out in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.
One of the most bizarre documents published by Wikileaks concerned an alleged report delivered to President Vladimir Putin by a man identified as Admiral Maksimov, at the time commander of the Russian Northern Fleet. The report, published in Global Intelligence Files, alleges that an “electromagnetic vortex” has opened up in the Gulf of Aden, near the Somali Coast.
Using the cover of fighting Somali pirates, the navies of a number of countries, including the United States, Russia, and China are gathered in the vicinity of the “vortex” to study its nature.
Global Intelligence Files claims that Wikileaks obtained the report from Stratfor (3), a well-known private intelligence group that consults for a number of corporations and governments.
Portal Created by Space Aliens?
Wild speculation exists concerning the “vortex” in an old piece published in the English-language version of Pravda (4).
Is it an interdimensional portal created by space aliens? Was it formed as a result of experiments conducted by the Large Hadron Collider, the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or perhaps both at the same time?
Terms like “Stargate,” a reference to the long-running science fiction franchise that used to air on the SyFy Channel, are thrown about with wild abandon. The vortex is said to be causing global warming.
If the entire story seems fanciful, that is because it is. The published document is filled with innuendo and speculation. Even that character of “Admiral Maksimov” is not identified by his first name.
A reference exists in an English-language Russian Navy site (5) of an Admiral Nikolai Maksimov as commander of the Russian Northern Fleet, which generally operates in Arctic waters, though there is also a reference to a Northern Fleet destroyer, the Admiral Chabanenko, on detached duty escorting Russian merchant ships through the Gulf of Aden.
No references exist of any vortex in the Gulf of Aden outside of a number of conspiracy sites and Pravda, which started life as the house organ of the Soviet Communist Party. The Stratfor public site contains no references to a vortex in the Gulf of Aden. Thus, two theories suggest themselves.
The first theory is that some kind of natural phenomenon exists in the Gulf of Aden that has excited the attention of the world’s navies and, likely, the scientific community. Wild speculation about interdimensional portals, stargates, or something happening because of the Large Hadron Collider can be ascribed to overactive imaginations and the rumor mill that is the Internet.
The other theory is that the stories of the vortex is part of a disinformation campaign being conducted by the Russian FSB, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB. Buttressing this theory is an article recently published on a site called the XX Committee (6) that accuses Wikileaks of being a front for Russian intelligence. Precedents exist, dating to the height of the Cold War, of Russian covert operations of this kind using seemingly independent non-government organizations as front groups.
On the other hand, why on Earth would the FSB or an intelligence organization on the planet peddle such a story? It would seem to serve no purpose except to excite the curiosity of the conspiracy community.
Thus, the origin of the Gulf of Aden story and the truth behind it remains an unresolved mystery.