Wikileaks vs UFO Disinformation?

When the first mention of UFOs in the tranche of diplomatic papers unveiled by Wikileaks proved to be less than explosive, the ufological rumour machine went into interstellar overdrive with a wackyleak of its own, released on 17 January via ‘Allnewsweb’:

New secret UFO Wikileaks cable revealed

A source from within the inner circle of the Wikileaks team has confidentially leaked to All News Web the content of a State Dept cable, concerning UFO affairs, that Wikileaks has declined to upload onto their website.

“It is critical all embassy staff understand that they are not to discuss under any circumstance concerns DOD has with UFOs entering orbit, once again the seriousness of this matter cannot be overstated”

The cable was sent on 9 November, 2005 by the State Dept to a diplomat connected to the US embassy in Kiev, Ukraine.

Unlike Wikileaks’ own releases this one contained no actual documents (couldn’t they at least have made one up?), just a sensational message that was sure to get Exopolitical juices flowing and make Wikileaks look a bit hokey if the story ever escaped into the mainstream media – which, by the way, it didn’t. It even copied the Russian origin for this alleged cable from the earlier Wikileaks release, which emerged from the US embassy in Minsk.

The author of this message, and others like it (‘Barack Obama to make UFO Announcment’ etc), was one Michael Cohen, while the site carrying the story, Allnewsweb is part of the All News Network, which describes itself as ‘The Official News for the Tea Party’ and appears to allow anyone to post stories as long as they don’t obviously conflict with the Tea Party message. (Update: There seems to be some question as to the extent that the site is actually connected to the movement – see comments below).

So where’s all this leading? I’m not exactly sure, but this story in the Independent newspaper might provide some pointers:

The computer hackers’ collective Anonymous has uncovered a proposal by a consortium of private contractors to attack and discredit WikiLeaks…

The PowerPoint presentation claims that a trio of internet security companies – HB Gary Federal, Palantir Technologies and Berico Technologies – are already prepared to attack WikiLeaks which is rumoured to be getting ready to release a cache of potentially embarrassing information on the Bank of America.

The presentation, which has been seen by The Independent, recommends a multi-pronged assault on WikiLeaks including deliberately submitting false documents to the website to undermine its credibility, pioneering cyber attacks to expose who the leakers to WikiLeaks are and going after sympathetic journalists.

Now I don’t want to make any grand leaps of conspiratorial connectivity, but I will propose the following:

if someone was trying to discredit Wikileaks – and there are many people and organisations who might wish to do so – then one way to do it might be to stir up nonsense UFO stories (the ‘Allnews’ posting  was just a few days after the first bona fide, if unsensational, UFO-related diplomatic paper had gone public) and disseminate them via a grass roots, broadly right-leaning political movement. This would certainly add an extra dimension to the idea of astro-turfing!

Whether Michael Cohen is an apolitical hoaxer, perhaps one hoping to turn a fast web-buck (see Kandinsky’s comment below), an overzealous believer in ET visitation, a ‘private security’ specialist working on behalf of someone else, or a mixture of all of the above, remains to be seen. In the mean time it’ll be interesting to look into the amount of cross over between the Tea Party movement, which is a very broad church, and the UFO/Exopolicial movement.

As for feelings about Wikileaks itself within the Tea Party, they are quite clearly divided, with libertarian Tea Party affiliate Ron Paul supporting it and the move towards greater transparency in government, while others, like Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, are calling for Julian Assange to be executed  as a traitor.

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18 Responses to Wikileaks vs UFO Disinformation?

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  2. AdrianS says:

    If this is genuine , and I doubt it, why didnt Wikileaks release it straight away– they wouldnt want to be protecting the US would they. It just goes to show another way that UFO stories can be used. I think you analysis is spot on

  3. Kandinsky says:

    Cohen has been trying to direct traffic to his website for a long time before wikileaks hit the mainstream media. He’s a hoaxer in the sense that he’ll post anything sensational for attention. At the same time, it’s probably just business.

    In the past couple of years, he’s spammed a few forums with ‘sock puppet’ accounts that link to stories from ANW.

    No conspiracy beyond an Aussie guy seeing an opportunity for profit.

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  5. Sardondi says:

    Mark, you’ve been had on Allnewsnetwork = Tea Party thing. I know, I know, the site is all red, white and , uh, slate blue, and the banner says, “The Official News For The Tea Party”, and it links to articles that say, “Newt Gingrich” and “earmarks” and carries a general “Boo Obama” vibe, but it’s all bogus, and actually not at all well done.

    See, the main thing is, and the first thing that caught my eye, there is no”tea party“: it’s a concept only. There is no founder, no leader, no headquarters, no budget, no planning committee, nothing. It’s an idea. In fact, some scoundrels of varying degree have tried to appropriate the name and use it for another purpose; some in a false-flag dirty-trick kind of game; some to muddy the waters and confuse what they presumed to be the party faithful, and others, like in this case, to trade on the name for non-political purposes.

    Persons who are part of the Tea Party Movement are quite proud of the fact there is no actual party; and many are attracted to the movement for that reason. Anyone who tries to say they speak for or in the name of the Tea Party is a liar. I have no idea what the game of allnewnetwork.com is; I only know it is a ludicrous operation, with a handful of lifted articles, no contributors, no letters, and NO COMMENTS!? (How do you run a legit site on the internet and have no comments? Impossible!)

    Look, the site’s a fake. And this conspiracy-de-jour of the Tea PArty movemnt giving a rat’s ass about UFOs, I mean really, man, stop and think.

  6. In my dealings with Mike Cohen he’s always come off as something of a Marxist, even leaning toward Maoism with a distinctive dislike of so-called “Western” values. The Tea Party is the last place I’d expect him to show up, but UFO investigators make strange bedfellows… VERY strange!

  7. Request Beer says:

    Mr Cohen, in a round about way, is making a fair point. Wikileaks will never release anything about ufo’s, that would be akin to them saying, “We think the subject is important”, which is also akin to them saying “Hey, we’re nuts!” – something that would not sit well with Mr Assange’s carefully crafted sense of self importance.

    But then again, if they had something to release – why not give to someone less credible to do – like fellow country man Mr Cohen? Then maybe, he in turn, has tried to use the material to discredit the Tea Party? But why? Ok, that’s just plain ridiculous, and possible proof that I’ve been reading too many conspiracy books. Mr Cohen does sound like the hoodwinker he has been made out to be.

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  9. nycjeff says:

    I’m sort of surprised you even thought enough of Cohen/ANW to post anything about it.

    • Mark says:

      Hi Jeff – I’d ignored Cohen’s wackyleaks story for a month, but the Independent story about private security firms planning to attack Wikileaks with false stories and documents struck me as interesting and worth commenting on in a ‘what if’ kind of scenario… it’s quite clear that Cohen’s stories shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but then again, when has absurdity ever prevented a UFO story from having a significant impact on the lore?

  10. terry the censor says:

    Cohen is not related to these other people. He’s just a lying nut.
    HBGary Federal is a bigtime player that tried to undermine Anonymous but also was working on a dirty-tricks campaign for the US Chamber of Commerce. Think Progress has a bunch of articles about it.

  11. Mark Yates says:

    Mr Cohen is a bright light in the midst of darkness that is paranormal and UFO research, a giant amongst midgets. I cannot see much of a connection between him and the tea party as he is an Aussie (like myself). I do not doubt that he got his hands on some unreleased wikileaks cables-like someone above mentioned Julian Assange does not like the topic and probably fobbed this info off to Mr Cohen

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  13. terry the censor says:

    > Mr Cohen is a bright light in the midst of darkness

    Cohen is a liar and a fabulist, he’s also a poster of known hoaxes. Cohen almost never provided sources for fantastic tales — even though we commentors asked for them. I ran down his unsourced sources; usually he made them up or grossly distorted the original information. He tried to hide this by stealing from and distorting non-English sources. So it wasn’t an accident: it was a deliberate, careful, sustained fraud. When we provided proof of this, over and over, Cohen shut down his comments section and blocked fact-checkers from his youtube channel.

    > I do not doubt that he got his hands on some unreleased wikileaks cables

    So why doesn’t he publish the full cables so they can be confirmed?

    > Assange does not like the topic and probably fobbed this info off to Mr Cohen

    Come on! Assange gave the diplomatic cables to five of the biggest papers in the world: Le Monde, El País, Der Spiegel, the UK Guardian, and the New York Times. If he wanted to dump UFO cables, do you think he would skip the big tabloids and all the well-connected UFO researchers who regulary handle documents (Friedman, Randle, Bryant, Redfern, Kean, etc.) for a one-man fabulist shop?

    This fake wikileak of UFOs is Cohen’s SOP: lying opportunism.

  14. George Hake says:

    Terry the censor, I am not really understanding where you ar coming from. There is so much BS in ufology, Cohen is hardly the worst offender by a long shot.

  15. terry the censor says:

    > Cohen is hardly the worst offender

    The point everyone is making is that Cohen is not a credible source for information, period. This is not a relative measure but a concrete one.

  16. Freeman1776 says:

    On February 13, 2011, Julian Assange said the following:

    “Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, admitted today his previous claims about secret UFO cables were largely exaggerated. Two months after he stirred the hopes of UFO researchers worldwide, he is now stating the cables contain only “small passing references” to UFOs.
    “I have said in passing there is information about UFOs in Cablegate,” said Assange in a statement released today. “And that is true, but these are only small passing references. Most of the material concerns UFO cults, and their behavior in recruiting people. For instance, there is quite a large cable, which we’ll try and release in the next few days, concerning the Raelians, a UFO cult which has a strong presence in Canada and was of concern to the U.S. ambassador in Canada. At that time, the Raelians claimed to have cloned an individual, and fantastically, the press all around the world ate this up and turned it into front page stories.”
    ” It appears the Wikileaks material deals primarily with a cult and not with classified information about the existence of UFOs,” said Craig Fergus, a ufologist based in Whittier.
    Still, some in the UFO community have pinned their hopes on Assange, fervently wishing for an end to government secrecy and full disclosure of classified UFO documents. It appears that Assange is unsympathetic:
    “Weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot-plant,” he said in a recent Guardian interview.
    Assange has been pressured by the US government to return the cables; lawsuits and incarceration have been threatened. Is it possible Assange has now “caved in” and returned or destroyed UFO disclosure information? Is the Raelian and community criticism simply a smokescreen? What do you think?”

    What are we, the public, to believe? Are we being jerked around by Assange, or what?

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