Disinfo: Obama, Comey, U.S. ‘Intelligence Hawks’ See No ‘Conspiracy’ Between WikiLeaks and Russia


If you listen to Barack Obama, the head of the U.S. intelligence agency and James Comey, the FBI director, they say quite the opposite: they say that there is no trace of a conspiracy between WikiLeaks and Russia. The same is said by the most hawkish people in the U.S. intelligence community.


The interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was conducted in English and broadcast with a Russian translation voiced over of the original conversation. The disinformation was delivered in Russian language voice-over. Polygraph.info translated the quote back into English from the Russian interpretation of Assange’s words for the state TV audience. The U.S. top officials Assange claims have denied a Russia-WikiLeaks link either never spoke publicly on the topic or said U.S. intelligence agencies have established a connection. Further debunking: Polygraph.info


  • Reported in: Issue86
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/10/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: James Comey, Wikileaks, FBI, Intelligence services, Barack Obama


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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The US Government Pressured Twitter to Ban Sputnik and RT Ads

The network Twitter demonstratively banned the accounts of RT and Sputnik from advertising. The decision can be only be explained by pressure from the [U.S.] government and intelligence services.


While the findings of the intelligence community partially influenced Twitter’s decision, no evidence of any pressure from the government has emerged, and Twitter is a private company in an industry that has taken the public stance of resisting government pressures. Twitter’s statement says: "Early this year, the U.S. intelligence community named RT and Sputnik as implementing state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt the 2016 Presidential election, which is not something we want on Twitter. This decision is restricted to these two entities based our internal investigation of their behavior as well as their inclusion in the January 2017 DNI report."

Further debuking: Polygraph.info

European Union leadership has changed its position on the war in eastern Ukraine

The European Union leadership has changed its position on the war in eastern Ukraine and is considering a Russian plan for ending the conflict. The US Special Representative for Ukraine Mr Volker recently made such an announcement.


The European Union position on the conflict in Ukraine remains the same eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/4081/eu-ukraine-relations-factsheet_en, . Furthermore, Volker has never said that Europe’s position regarding Ukraine has changed. In every public interview, Volker reiterates that the purpose of a peacekeeping mission in Ukraine is to ensure security in the entire conflict zone and not only on the line of conflict, but on the border between Russia and Ukraine. Further debunking at Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-europe-considering-russian-plan-for-eastern-ukraine-conflict/, .

Mogherini allowed human rights to be violated in Ukraine

In a letter addressed to Konrad Szymański, the Secretary of State on the European affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini urges the Polish authorities to reconsider the position concerning the education reform undertaken by the government of Ukraine.


The letter is faked twitter.com/eu_eeas/status/924256888597962752.After, the European External Action Service published the debunk, the Foreign Ministry of Russia did the same.

We have seen the use of faked letters targeting politicians in pro-Kremlin disinformation several times before, for example:on 21 February 2015, a letter signed by Swedish Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist appeared on social media through a Twitter identity of a well-known Swedish military affairs journalist. The letter, sent to Magnus Ingesson, CEO of BAE Systems Bofors AB, concerned the sale of weapons to Ukraine. On 2 September 2015, a letter signed by Tora Holst, head of the International Public Prosecution Office in Stockholm, was uploaded to CNN’s Istory website and later broadcast on Russian state television and pro-Kremlin media. The letter purported to concern an attempt to quash prosecution of a Swedish citizen for war crimes committed in Ukraine. The third letter, uploaded to Pressbladet, purported to be from Nada al-Qahtani, a female IS leader to Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, and concerned a conspiracy from Sweden to send weapons to Islamic State via Turkey. www.thelocal.se/20170107/swedish-think-tank-details-russian-disinformation-in-new-study, .