Disinfo: NATO manipulated the coronavirus crisis into a sort of armed conflict

Summary

The current situation of the coronavirus epidemic was worsened by NATO’s manipulation. Thanks to the efforts of the Western military block, the epidemic turned into a sort of armed conflict at a global scale. This situation is perfect for NATO to implement warlike scenarios, like quarantines and restrictions on massive events. The introduction of a state of emergency in Europe, information resources and even stock markets are part of this manipulation.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence provided to support the claims. NATO had nothing to do with the reactions to the Covid-19 emergency, which has been decided by every sovereign state for their own territories. This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against NATO, on this occasion, mixed with another disinformation campaign on the coronavirus.

You can see other examples of the latter in our database, such as claims that coronavirus is a pretext by the ruling class to introduce tyranny, that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring it, that it is a UKUS or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, NATO

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France is behind the creation of the Coronavirus

The origin of the coronavirus, which was discovered in China, is the French Pasteur Institute.

Coronavirus was created by the Pasteur Institute and patented in the year 2004.

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, there is no evidence that suggests that the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is used as a weapon against other states or that is has been fabricated inside laboratories.

The virus was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the in almost every country around the world, causing 1,210 956 confirmed cases and more than 70,000 deaths up until 07 April 2020. 

The French government systematically lied to the population

In France for 50-60 years when there were health crises, the government lied to society.  When Chernobyl happened in 1984, the German authorities told to be careful and to protect oneself, and the French minister said all is well, the Chernobyl cloud stopped at the French border.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative that Western governments cannot be trusted to manage a major accident/crisis. The narrative that the "Chernobyl cloud stopped at the French borders" is so well spread in France that is accepted as a cliché.

In the early days after the nuclear accident, in April 1986 not 1984 as stated on Sputnik, environmental associations and journalists spread the idea that the French Minister of Health or Pierre Pellerin, the Director of the Central Service for Protection against Ionising Radiation, said that the "cloud stopped at the French borders". This statement was never made. Pierre Pellerin won several defamation cases against NGOs and Media on this matter. Newspapers such as Le Parisien or Le Point admitted their mistake and explained how this false rumour started.

The US ambassador was evacuated from Moldova

Diplomats from the US embassy in Moldova and the citizens of the United States were evacuated. More than that, the US Ambassador to Moldova, Dereck Hogan, went overseas on March 16, one day before the state of emergency was announced. Did he know anything?

Disproof

This is a false claim that capitalises on the coronavirus pandemic to spread a conspiracy theory about the US and specifically the US ambassador to Moldova. Spreading conspiracy theories about US in context of the coronavirus has emerged as a recurring theme in the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign around the outbreak.

After speculation emerged that Ambassador Dereck J. Hogan was leaving the country, the US Embassy published the following statement on its Facebook page: "The United States Embassy in Chisinau continues to operate. Ambassador Dereck J. Hogan and the Embassy's American and Moldovan staff members remain in Chisinau, working to maintain the strong bilateral relationship the United States and Moldova have enjoyed for years."