Our reader Tom posted a request for information yesterday: “I would like to know if there’s any validity to this:
MOSCOW, Russia – Edward Snowden, the hacker who gained access to every secret corner of the Internet during his tenure at the NSA, has come forward with details of a classified project to alter the world’s climate.”
This particular article is an easy one to debunk. It’s published at The Internet Chronicle, a website that specializes in writing outrageously sarcastic untruths. The latest article at the site quotes the CEO of LinkedIn, a professional social network, as saying, “Destroying your own life has never been easier… With the power of LinkedIn, users will soon be able to share their favorite surreptitious jailbait photographs with people they know in real life, at unprecedented profits to us.”
Don’t get the sarcasm yet? Read the “About” page at the Internet Chronicle, and you’ll find the following information: “At the Chronicle.SU, we take truth seriously. We take what we do so seriusly, untruths at chronicle.su are punishable by mutilation or death. Sadly, chronicle.su is not of this earth. After crash landing in an asteroid December 30th, 1976, the alien husks of Chronicle editors rapidly adapted to Earth climates and bacterial flora. They are able to survive naturally in the wild and reproduce freely.” When you read an article from the Internet Chronicle claiming something that’s shocking, you’re simply reading without airquotes.
There are, however, other articles that describe documents leaked by Edward Snowden, which purportedly confirm that an international chemtrails conspiracy exists.
One I found this morning was published by The Guardian. Well, it was published by the Las Vegas Guardian Express (http://guardianlv.com/2013/10/chemtrails-in-the-air-causing-cancer-and-other-illness/ – Chemtrails in the Air Causing Cancer and Other Illness). This article states, “Edward Snowden, the whistleblower on the NSA, has revealed some details. Chemtrails began in the 1960s as a major part of a secret lab called Muad’Dib with Monsanto very much involved. He said the chemtrails were not difficult to hide because they were disguised in commercial aircrafts as additives and that the chemicals released are very dangerous, even in minute quantities. He further says, ‘The most dangerous thing is that although chemtrails are keeping the climate of the U.S. reasonably stable, citizens are bombarded every day with an invisible rain of carbon-laden molecules, and the effect on health is totally unknown.'”
So, is this the real deal? Although the author of the Las Vegas Guardian Express article appears to be in earnest, she cites the Internet Chronicle article as the source for her information about the chemtrails leak by Edward Snowden, and takes the supposed quote from Snowden straight from the Internet Chronicle article.
A good way to tell if a piece of information truly came from Edward Snowden’s NSA files is to see whether The Guardian (the British newspaper, not the Las Vegas publication), which has a special relationship with Snowden and has printed information about all his whistleblowing activities, has published the material. The Guardian has not printed any news about chemtrails revelations from Snowden. The Guardian has, however, published an article describing chemtrails as one of the American far-right’s top 10 paranoid conspiracy theories.
There are no actual documents from Edward Snowden that have anything to do with chemtrails. Chemtrails conspiracy theorists are happy, however, to use the attention Edward Snowden has achieved to pump up their own weird ideas. So we see from the Alien Disclosure Group that “According to bombshell documents leaked by Snowden, the government has long known UFOs to be a species more advanced than mankind.”
The Alien Disclosure Group, by the way, also cites the Internet Chronicle, with apparent credulity, as its source on the Snowden-UFO link.