Disinfo: The West’s fight against terrorism is an excuse for attacking countries rich in mineral resources


The fight against terrorism conducted by the US and other Western states is an excuse and a justification for attacking various countries rich in mineral resources and interfering in their internal affairs. This is made clear by the military operations of the US and of other Western governments. This behaviour can be described as 21st century colonialism.


Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the article’s claims.

This disinformation message is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that US is behind the international terrorism and supporting terrorist groups for geopolitical reasons.

Ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US and its European and other allies and partners have been engaged in enormous military and intelligence efforts to counter Al Qaeda, ISIS and other radical Islamist terrorist groups around the world. The US and European counterterrorism policies, including military interventions, are a response to a real and very serious threat.

Read similar cases in our database claiming that the US may designate Mexico’s drug cartels as terrorist organisations to have an excuse to gain military control over Mexico, that US officials loot their colonies that the US is “re-formatting” the Middle East in order to maintain control over their “oil colonies”, that the US wants to destroy the Middle East in order to control its oil and gas resources.


  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: 9/11, Energy, Imperialism/colonialism, Terrorism, Conspiracy theory, Warmongering, Daesh


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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So-called country Lithuania opposes Belarusian NPP out of jealousy for Pompeo’s visit to Belarus

Lithuania is a so-called country with little significance on the international stage. This is confirmed by the fact that US State Secretary Mike Pompeo did not visit Lithuania during his recent trip to Eastern Europe, including Belarus. The Lithuanian MFA addressed Latvian and Estonian counterparts to ban imports of Belarusian electricity out of jealousy.

On the other hand, it was Washington who instructed Lithuania to declare the Belarusian NPP a threat to its national security. One of the preconditions of lifting US sanctions on Belarus is likely to be the dismantling of the Astravets NPP. In turn, the Belarusian opposition delivered the tasks set by the Baltic states to oppose construction of the NPP.


This is a mix of conspiracy theories aimed to distort Lithuania's position concerning the Belarusian NPP, to discredit Lithuania, the US, and the Belarusian opposition. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the West's activities to harm Belarus.

Lithuania opposes the construction of the Astravets Nuclear power Plant (NPP) as the project does not comply with the international standards of environmental protection and nuclear safety, and is built on the site that was not duly justified over alternatives, according to Lithuania.

The US puts Wikileaks at the same threat level as Al Qaeda or ISIS

The US National Counterintelligence and Security Centre warned in its last report that public disclosure organisations and hackers are terrible espionage threats at the same level as terrorists of the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Iran. The document states that “Ideologically motivated entities such as hacktivists, fugitives and public disclosure organisations” are, to the United States, on the same level as non-state terrorist organisations such as the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. Though the report carefully avoids mentioning Wikileaks by name, it is clear that it is referring to it by the references made in the report.


This is a deliberate distortion of the content of the report, which actually says that there is a growing spectrum of actors and significant threats targeting the United States but does not necessarily put hacktivism at the same level as Al Qaeda or the Islamic State, as claimed. There is no reference to Wikileaks by name in the report, which uses the word “leaktivists” instead of “fugitives”.

You can see other examples of related to this topic in our database, such as claims that Hillary Clinton wanted to kill Assange in a drone attack, that Wikileaks proved that it was the CIA and not Russia who was behind the DNC hacking, that Oliver Stone’s film “Snowden” was banned in the West or that Assange’s case shows that there is no real information in NATO countries, just propaganda.

Ukrainian trolls are trying to sow panic in Russia due to the outbreak of coronavirus

Ukrainian media and trolls are trying to sow panic in Russia due to the outbreak of coronavirus.


Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

This is part of pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts on coronavirus aiming to blame other countries for allegedly exploiting this outbreak for their own purposes, namely isolating China. While many baseless conspiracy theories emerged all over the world amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, there is no proof that Ukrainian media or even Ukrainian trolls are deliberately promoting them targeting Russia. On the other hand, there is mounting evidence that pro-Kremlin media are spreading disinformation on the disease for political purposes in a coordinated campaign.