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PSYOP and Disinformation

Seldom do I experience a real whopper of lie, but this one is notable.

Ukrainian military helicopters distributed a flyer on how to keep safe if there is a Russian invasion.

Instructions for surviving under Russian terrorist occupation distributed in Sloviansk

So far, so good.

Then somebody spread a good lie.  Here’s the perp.  Oh sorry, this is the Twitter name for the person who spread this classic disinformation.

Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 8.11.14 AMBut the doozy of a lie is that this is what they said: Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 8.13.20 AM

Don’t carry the leaflets into your house! 20 min ago in Sloviansk I caught a leaflet dropped from a plane, took it inside to scan it and send to life news, while I was scanning it spread a strange smell, I took it outside, my child started feeling bad, I took everyone at home outside.

While the reference to LifeNews (a classic Russian “news” site) was amusing, the assertion that the Ukrainian military had soaked the leaflets in a chemical warfare solution was ludicrous, almost laughable.  But most of the target audience of this Disinformation Tactic wouldn’t know that.  Now all they have is a possibly strong fear of getting sick.



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