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Fake News: Wikileaks Did NOT Report Obama Ran Pedophile Ring out of White House

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:07:24 Z)

Fake news website The Underground Report" published an article on february 21st 2017 titled: "WIKILEAKS: OBAMA RAN PEDOPHILE RING OUT OF WHITEHOUSE"

The article opens:

Julian Assange unveiled another bombshell Sunday evening, alleging that wikileaks now has hard proof that former President, Barack Hussein Obama, operated and participated in a pedophile ring based in the white house.

A leaked email released today read,

"A young boy the age of 5. He will make the perfect catamite for the president. He will arrive from Romania on Tuesday. I'm sure the president will be pleased."

This is obviously fake news: neither Julian Assange nor Wikileaks have written anything about this on their Twitter accounts or on the official Wikileaks website. A search for the phrase "He will make the perfect catamite for the president" among the leaked emails on Wikileaks returns no results. If it had been true you would expect them to be pulling out all the stops in order to spread the news far and wide as it would be the scoop of the century.

What you wouldn't expect them to do is to reveal the news only to an obscure website that has only existed for one day. And the website undergroundnewsreport.com only exists since yesterday, as evidenced by WHOIS records:

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Before that the site appears to have been operating from undergroundreportorg.wordpress.com, which now redirects to the 'new' site.

Yet despite all these red flags the story is being shared around widely as you can see in the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article. If you notice anyone spreading the rumor around you can help by pointing them to this article here because nobody likes fake news.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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