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Polygraph.Info: Russian Troll Farm’s Comically Fake U.S. Military Video Incites Ridicule Online

Russian propaganda, at least from the Russian troll farm, is comical, to say the least. They believe in quantity and not quality and their latest video is just a tragic waste of time. 

Thank you to Polygraph.Info for helping expose them more! Also, thank you for the laugh at their expense.


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A screen grab from the FAN Youtube video published on October 24, 2018, which claims to depict a conversation with an alleged US military advisor.


Russian troll farm tries to frame U.S. with comically forged video.

The so-called Federal News Agency (FAN), the latest manifestation of the St. Petersburg-based Russian troll factory, on Thursday, October 25, posted an articleclaiming the Pentagon had sent the FAN threatening text messages as part of a U.S. Cyber Command operation to halt Russian interference in the U.S. midterm elections.

FAN is part of the Internet Research Agency or a “troll factory” — a corporation owned by Vladimir Putin’s close ally Yevgeniy Prigozhin and indicted by the U.S. government for interference in 2016 American presidential election.

The article said that the FAN had not nor would interfere in the U.S. elections, but claimed that its employees had received threatening text messages from the Pentagon from various telephone numbers, including American ones, in Russian.

“We are following you and know about your lowly work at the agency. We don’t like what we see,” screen captures of the alleged messages read. “Stop. You cannot imagine the consequences of your actions.”

Screen capture from the FAN report.
Screen capture from the FAN report.

The FAN said that experts had determined the messages were of American origin due to syntactic and grammatical tells indicative of American English.

In an unclear reference, the FAN said it called an individual whom it identified, without explanation, as the “mythical American Lieutenant Gibson”.

In an ensuing video posted to YouTube, the supposed American, speaking in heavily accented English, denies being Lieutenant Gibson, claiming he “isn’t serving in our group.”

When asked to identify himself, the respondent claims to be the military adviser of “the consulate,” adding “commander is not here.” Seconds after giving his position, “the American” then says he’s ”not at liberty” to say who he is, adding it’s “a state secret.”

The FAN report adds the situation appears to be “a farce,” but that it “is not joking.”

What is true is that the U.S. Cyber Command is now targeting Russian operatives who it has identified as trying to influence the U.S. mid-term elections. CNN revealed the operation, citing a Trump administration official, who said that Cyber Command is targeting Russian hackers, “apparently overwhelming them with electronic messages and fake e-mails” to stymie their efforts at influencing the upcoming U.S. vote.

“It’s very interesting now, seeing this being part of U.S. cyber strategy, to go to these Russian operators, and saying, ‘Don’t influence these elections. We know who you are, we are tracking you, there will be consequences,” Jason Healey, a former White House cyber official says in a quote in the CNN article.

Screen grab from the FAN report on the alleged text messages sent by the Pentagon.
Screen grab from the FAN report on the alleged text messages sent by the Pentagon.

Whether or not the screen-grabs presented in the FAN report are authentic or were created to mirror the language in U.S. media reports remains unknown.

But the alleged phone call posted to YouTube is obviously “a hilariously fake call,” said Bellingcat’s lead digital researcher, Aric Toler, in a mocking tweet.

As reported by BBC Russia (and available here in English) the troll factory, known as the Internet Research Agency had previously faked a video showing a U.S. soldier shooting at a Koran.

In an equally inept effort, the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda published what it called a leaked recording between two CIA agents planning the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over Ukraine in July 2014, replete with stilted language and wavering accents.

That effort, like the latest “audio” recording released by the FAN, was clearly fake.

Source: https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-russian-troll-farm-fake-pentagon-video/29564155.html


One thought on “Polygraph.Info: Russian Troll Farm’s Comically Fake U.S. Military Video Incites Ridicule Online

  1. yeah….exactly. This is just very poorly done. I know kids that make better youtube videos than this.
    From the “American Lieutenant” speaking as if cued – to his crystal clear foreign accent while speaking English – was this targeted domestically to Russians hoping they would believe it??? Bleh.

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