Disinfo: The bankers and the military prepare a takeover in the US

Summary

While public attention is focused on the growing statistics on the coronavirus, a profound reorganization is taking place within the executive branch of the US power. The leadership of the health ministry is assuming priority in policy making. In the shadows, worried bankers and military officers are scheming on an usurpation of power.

Disproof

An exaggerated interpretation of a Newsweek article article from Mid-March. Newsweek describes the role of the US military, should the political leadership be incapacitated.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory

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