Disinfo: Former head of MI6: British and US intelligence services had a secret plan to destabilise Russia


Guardian article quotes Sir John Scarlett, the former head of MI6, claiming that British and US intelligence services had a secret plan to destabilise Russia, and the plan failed.


The article wasn't published by the Guardian, and the interview doesn't exist. The website that published the article replaced the i in Guardian with a Turkish ı, but otherwise looked similar to the original. The story was removed from the internet and Facebook deleted posts including links to it. Many Russian news outlets reported about the interview, among them Ren-TV, PolitOnLine.ru, EG.ru, Dni.ru. Many of them deleted the articles afterwards. Russian federal TV channel Rossiya 1 repeated the false information quoting the interview on debate show Evening With Vladimir Solovyov. noodleremover.news/fake-mi6-interview-22af3555107b,

Further debunking: www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/aug/18/experts-sound-alarm-over-news-websites-fake-news-twins, According to the BBC's Russian-language service, the English grammar errors in the fake article are similar to those that Russian-speakers make. www.bbc.com/russian/features-40901789,


  • Reported in: Issue 78
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/08/2017
  • Country: UK, Russia, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Destabilising Russia, Secret services, Conspiracy


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