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.
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.
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.
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.