Disinfo: The White Helmets are a British intelligence organisation

Summary

[Local sources in the Idlib countryside confirmed, quoting elements from] the British Intelligence “White Helmets” Organisation, [that seven victims of the “Jabhat al-Nusra” organization, the arm of al-Qaeda in the Levant, had been transferred to the “Jisr al-Shughour” hospital.]

 

Disproof

See disinformation message in bold above. An example of the ongoing disinformation campaign targeting the White Helmets humanitarian organisation. Pro-Kremlin media routinely seek to delegitimise the White Helmets as being the creation of  Western intelligence services. No evidence is given to support this unfounded conspiracy theory.

The White Helmets movement originated in Syria in 2012. The organisation, which is made up of 3,400 volunteers including teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters, states that it has no affiliation to any political or military actor and is committed to rendering services to anyone in need. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated air strikes.

White Helmets activists have documented the use of chemical weapons in Syria, later confirmed by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons  (OPCW). Thus, OPCW said it found reasonable grounds to believe that chlorine was used as a weapon in the Douma district of Eastern Ghouta, Syria in April 2018. Because of these awareness-raising activities, the White Helmets have become the target of a prolific and aggressive Russian disinformation campaign seeking to delegitimise their humanitarian efforts and paint them as proxies of Western intelligence to undermine the Assad regime.

Read previous disinformation claims alleging that that evidence confirms chemical attacks in Syria were falsified by the White Helmets, and that the White Helmets performs criminal activities and is an arm of British and American intelligence.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: UK, Syria
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, White Helmets, Syrian War
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Skripal and MH17 are anti-Russian provocations that the West has forgotten about

The West’s is ready to reconcile with Russia on the backdrop of the epidemic in exchange for being drawn into a war with China.

As an unexpected result of the 2020 [coronavirus] pandemic, the West has forgotten the issue of the Skripals, Boeing [MH17],  and other anti-Russian provocations of recent years.

Beijing is the new enemy of the West, and it is accused of “hiding the truth about the first stage of the epidemic” (which led to America not taking the necessary measures in due course).

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to delegitimise any criticism of Russian actions by presenting it as a manifestation of the West's "anti-Russian" provocations. In fact, the Skripal case, and the downing of MH17 are well-documented cases of acts of Kremlin-enabled violence outside Russia.

Also, the claims that the West is trying to drag Russia into a war with China and that the West had forgotten about Skripal and the downing of MH17 are given without any proof.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus demonstrates visible signs of human manipulation

The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was analysed by Pr Luc Montagnier and the mathematician Jean-Claude Perez and it seemed unnatural. Some sequences of the virus were visibly added by human manipulation, the quality of the work is unremarkable, meticulous, impressive like the work of watchmakers.

The probable motivation of Chinese scientists was to design a vaccine against HIV and something went wrong.

Disproof

One of many conspiracy theories about the origin of 2019-nCoV coronavirus. There is no evidence recognised by the scientific community that suggests the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) could have been man-made.

Professor Luc Montagnier, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, quotes the study of Jean-Claude Perez, a 72 years old mathematician, which so far doesn't meet up the scientific standards to be published by a referenced Journal.

In Ukraine, doctors quit en masse because of Ukrainian soldiers with COVID-19

The medical staff of the city hospital in Mariupol quit en masse due to the hospitalisation of about 200 military personnel of the Armed Forces with suspected coronavirus infection.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and the coronavirus.

The City Council of Mariupol told StopFake that the hospital mentioned in this news item doesn't have an infectious department ready to receive patients with suspected COVID-19 or even patients with the disease. For such measures, other hospitals in the city were prepared. Moreover, there was no mass dismissal, or quitting, of doctors in Mariupol.