Disinfo: NATO Secretary General encourages Joe Biden to clash with Russia

Summary

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulates US president-elect Joe Biden and encourages him to clash with a stronger Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO threatening or encircling Russia.

The congratulatory message from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to US president-elect Joe Biden is purposely misinterpreted, including with a misleading headline, to present the head of NATO as encouraging Biden to clash with Russia.

This is the “lost in translation” technique. In the original congratulatory text, J. Stoltenberg said: “We need this collective strength to deal with the many challenges we face, including a more assertive Russia, international terrorism, cyber and missile threats, and a shift in the global balance of power with the rise of China”.

It is misleading to present it as encouragement to begin a confrontation or clash with Russia.

In the narratives of Kremlin propaganda, NATO is often presented as an aggressive alliance acting against Russia. See examples of similar cases NATO military exercises BALTOPS is anti-Russian, NATO provokes Russia in the Black Sea region, NATO illegally expanded to the borders of Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Lithuanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Jens Stoltenberg, Joe Biden, NATO
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Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation about the United States in the context of the 2020 presidential elections.

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A media-Soros-neocon coup d'etat has taken place in the US

The recent presidential elections of the United States were essentially a coup d’etat. That demented democrat Biden could declare himself president-elect, is only possible through a coup of special sorts: a media-soros-neocon kind of coup.

Disproof

This is part of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the US election. See other examples in our database, such as claims that the result doesn’t matter because the real ruler is the Deep State; that the Guardian exposed how US Democrats exploited mail-in voting irregularities; that an oligarch-sponsored insurrection against the people will take place around election day; or that the US is on the verge of a civil war, and militias are only a reaction against government abuse.

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About two million of dead people voted for Biden

Voting by mail allows cheating. Dead souls that are among Biden’s supporters, understandably, always vote by mail. The number of dead people discovered during the voting is estimated at two million. 1.8 million, specifies the American conservative public organisation Judicial Watch and gives examples of electoral districts where there are more names on the voter lists than living citizens with the right to vote.

State voter lists are updated so infrequently that ballots are issued to those who have died a long time ago. And after all, dead people voted. Donna Brydges, born in 1901, is dead. But the system shows that the 119-year-old voter has made a choice. In Pennsylvania, 20,000 ballots were distributed to the dead people.

A collage is popular on the web: Biden in the cemetery says “thank you for voting”. While exploring the Michigan Electoral Commission website, American voters discovered the concept of “dead souls.” For example, William Bradley. He received the ballot, sent it, and his vote was counted. The man is born in 1902. How many more of these votes did Biden get? Searching another database reveals that William Bradley died back in 1984.

Disproof

The voter named William Bradley is alive and is 61 years old, fact check by USA Today shows. He has the same name and the same address, as his ancestor born in 1902, explains Meduza.

The claim of dead people's voting is misinformation, as explained by Michigan's Department of State: "Deceased voters' ballots are not counted. Ballots of voters who have died are rejected in Michigan, even if the voter cast an absentee ballot and then died before Election Day. On rare occasions, a ballot received for a living voter may be recorded in a way that makes it appear as if the voter is dead. This can be because of voters with similar names, where the ballot is accidentally recorded as voted by John Smith Sr when it was actually voted by John Smith Jr; or because of inaccurately recorded birth dates in the qualified voter file; for example, someone born in 1990 accidentally recorded as born in 1890. In such scenarios, no one ineligible has actually voted, and there is no impact on the outcome of the election. Local clerks can correct the issue when it is brought to their attention".