Disinfo: US Senator John McCain is a supporter of Daesh


US Senator John McCain is a supporter of Daesh.


No evidence given to support this claim and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that either the US or the West is behind the creation of ISIS/Daesh.This message is part of a broader conspiracy theory alleging that the United States has established many terrorist organizations and controls global terrorism. See similar messages herehere and here.

US Senator John McCain among others visited Lithuania on 29 December 2016. On the same day disinformation about the senator was spread in order to compromise him in the eyes of the Lithuanian people.


  • Reported in: Issue53
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/12/2016
  • Language/target audience: Lithuanian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: NATO, John McCain, 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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Daesh was created and trained by the US

Daesh was created and trained by the US.


Often repeated disinformation. In 2014 the US created the Global Coalition to counter Daesh bit.ly/1ziAxlq, . Western military action in Syria and Iraq has clearly targeted Daesh. Western support for the Syrian opposition's success in retaking Dabiq represented a major defeat for Daesh.

Ukrainian authorities ban Father Frost and encourage satanic rituals

Ukrainian authorities have banned Father Frost since he is associated with Putin, and are now encouraging satanic rituals instead.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Satanism in Europe. Please see examples here and here. No evidence given for this conspiracy theory. The "satanic rituals" referred to are the Halloween celebrations in October.

Russian media is being discriminated in the Baltic states

Russian media is being discriminated in the Baltic states as the freedom of speech is restricted.


The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania suspended broadcasting of RTR Planeta for 3 months since they were found guilty of instigating war and national hatred, violating directive 2010/13/EU bit.ly/28PAfvX, at least twice during a 12 month period.bit.ly/2iYmsIy, . That has nothing to do with "freedom of speech".