1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    This is a fake story. It's from the satirical (joke) site Internet Chronicle, which posts "almost believable" stories in the same vein as The Onion, but with a focus on conspiracy theories.

    Here's the original joke story:
    http://www.chronicle.su/news/snowden-uncovers-shocking-truth-behind-chemtrails/ (http://archive.is/tR8QD)

    And their about page:
    http://www.chronicle.su/about/ (http://archive.is/3b9qA)
    Internet Chronicle was formally known as Elf Wax Times
    This story has been knocking around for a while, but I did not bother to write a debunk because I thought I was obvious to most people that it was a joke story. Unfortunately it seems that many people have trouble distinguishing satire from fact, and other people have no problem exploiting this by re-publishing the joke story as if it were real.

    The twitter account of a writer a chronical.su (Alien Nation, "Kilgoar Trout")) tweeted this:
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2015
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  2. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    If there's any doubt if Internet Chronicle is a joke site, their current story "Snowden Reveals Revolutionary Hacking Method" just links to a YouTube video with some guy doing a rather laboured joke about hacking government websites with a scientific calculator, and being untraceable by clearing your browser history. It's obviously a joke, but it's also inevitable that some people will think it's real.

  3. cloudspotter

    cloudspotter Senior Member

    It's being shared by sites like Worldtruth.tv. Incidentally I notice that sites of that nature keep repeating the same shares on their Facebook pages with links to the story on their website. Almost as if they want people to visit their site or something...
  4. cloudspotter

    cloudspotter Senior Member

    To my mind though it's not necessarily a bad thing that people are sharing this story as if it were real, it gives you a chance to gently point out how easily they were hoaxed because they didn't check the source or the facts
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013
  5. AluminumTheory

    AluminumTheory Senior Member

    As tempting as it can be to satirize conspiracy theorists, this really goes to show how unwise it is to do so because once bunk (satire or not) has been brought into the world, it is virtually impossible to abate it.
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