Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News | NYT Opinion

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In Episode 1 of Operation InfeKtion, we reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted - the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax - went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it. For a bit.
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19 nov. 2018

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Jo G
Jo G Acum 19 ore
S1 E1? Glad to contribute to the initial view counts. Keep em coming!
Morpheus Acum 23 ore
COINTELPRO (Portmanteau derived from COunter INTELligence PROgram) (1956-1971) was a series of covert, and at times illegal,[1][2] projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations.[3][4] FBI records show that COINTELPRO resources targeted groups and individuals that the FBI deemed subversive,[5]including the Communist Party USA,[6] anti-Vietnam War organizers, activists of the civil rights movement or Black Power movement(e.g. Martin Luther King Jr., Nation of Islam, and the Black Panther Party), feministorganizations,[7] the American Indian Movement (AIM), independence movements (such as Puerto Rican independence groups like the Young Lords), and a variety of organizations that were part of the broader New Left. The program also targeted white supremacist groups including the Ku Klux Klan and nationalist groups including Irish Republicans and Cuban exiles.[8] The FBI also financed, armed, and controlled an extreme right-wing group of former members of the Minutemen anti-communist para-military organization, transforming it into a group called the Secret Army Organization that targeted groups, activists, and leaders involved in the Anti-War Movement, using both intimidation and violent acts.[9][10][11] The FBI has used covert operations against domestic political groups since its inception; however, covert operations under the official COINTELPRO label took place between 1956 and 1971.[12] COINTELPRO tactics are still used to this day, and have been alleged to include discrediting targets through psychological warfare; smearing individuals and groups using forged documents and by planting false reports in the media; harassment; wrongful imprisonment; and illegal violence, including assassination.[13][14][15][16] The FBI's stated motivation was "protecting national security, preventing violence, and maintaining the existing social and political order."[17] Beginning in 1969, leaders of the Black Panther Party were targeted by the COINTELPRO and "neutralized" by being murdered, assassinated, imprisoned, publicly humiliated or falsely charged with crimes. Some of the Black Panthers affected included Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, Zayd Shakur, Geronimo Pratt, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Marshall Conway. Common tactics used by COINTELPRO were perjury, witness harassment, witness intimidation, and withholding of evidence.[18][19][20] FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover issued directives governing COINTELPRO, ordering FBI agents to "expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise Neutralize" the activities of these movements and especially their leaders.[21][22]Under Hoover, the agent in charge of COINTELPRO was William C. Sullivan.[23]Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy personally authorized some of the programs.[24]Although Kennedy only gave written approval for limited wiretapping of Martin Luther King's phones "on a trial basis, for a month or so",[25]Hoover extended the clearance so his men were "unshackled" to look for evidence in any areas of King's life they deemed worthy.[26] Recently, documents show that the FBI still engages in COINTELPRO behavior by surveilling Black Lives Matter. Wikipedia - COIntelPro The truth is even ugly for america.
Onfroi Acum o Zi
plot twist: the U.S. actually created aids and these are all actors
Man Elope
Man Elope Acum 2 Zile
Please make another video about how 3 letter American agency used disinformation against other countries...
M C Acum 3 Zile
You guys learned from the best eh?
Tejas Ramdas
Tejas Ramdas Acum 4 Zile
It would be crazy if this whole investigation was just an experiment in disinformation.
Atheus Maximus
Atheus Maximus Acum 9 Zile
They don't need 3rd world countries to post their bulshit stories anymore they have Facebook now
Renato Alcides
Renato Alcides Acum 9 Zile
NYT with a British accemt, embarassing.
Anonymous Acum 9 Zile
Narrator maybes worships moloch too or has an undiagnosed brain tumor _ | _
Anonymous Acum 9 Zile
*Justina Pelletier, Maryanne Godboldo, Rebecca Rilley r.i.p. You know u done gone F'kd UP!*
Anonymous Acum 9 Zile
And a psyh patient in NY who woke up when here organs were about to be harvested 2009
Anonymous Acum 9 Zile
Anonymous Acum 9 Zile
The day *OJ Simpson led the Police on a Chase in his Bronco, BILL CLINTON released documents on illegal projects of white AMERICAN ORPHANS BEING FED HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE OATMEAL, yes oatmeal to see radiations effects, Or Project MK-Ultra, Project Midnight Climax CIA whorehouses in USA, Project Midnight Climax*
Anonymous Acum 9 Zile
Henry Kissinger *Memmoradum 200*
Anonymous Acum 9 Zile
Reagan who was shot by a guy who's family had dinner with Bush's family right before? No one is buying this Croc
Anonymous Acum 9 Zile
The woman looks like she's into 'spirit cooking' occult sob's
Anonymous Acum 9 Zile
Pope John Paul I assassinated in 33 days after a 2nd attempt (1st attempt killed a friend Christian Orthodox religious leader) the banker John assissgned to investigate the Vatican Bank was assassinated as well just a few decades ago. YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS SO ANNOYING *LOOK UP BIOFILM AND IT'S RELATION TO CANCER AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE, F THIS NARRATOR AND THE SADIST GUEST!!*
Smol Waev
Smol Waev Acum 9 Zile
A propaganda outlet throwing shade at another. Very cute.
Qwerty Acum 10 Zile
So how should we know that CIA didn’t generate these “evidence” for this story to demonize Russia, just to cover its tracks?
Jim R.
Jim R. Acum 10 Zile
"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do read it, you're misinformed."
Jim R.
Jim R. Acum 10 Zile
ideological subversion... like taking over the colleges and universities and indoctrinating our youth into utter madness?
Andy M
Andy M Acum 11 Zile
This is the type of oversight needed to monitor media owners and their management staff providing a true origin of disinformation.
altitude illume
altitude illume Acum 11 Zile
altitude illume
altitude illume Acum 11 Zile
B Acum 11 Zile
LOL this was likely accurate. Blacks lived in Africa for 10,000 years without an aids outbreaks.
NELSON X Acum 12 Zile
Had our government not already played biological games on it's citizens this Soviet disinformation campaign might not have worked so well. Unethical human experimentation in the United States ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unethical_human_experimentation_in... In 1966, the U.S. Army released Bacillus globigii into the tunnels of the New York City Subway system, as part of a field experiment called A Study of the Vulnerability of Subway Passengers in New York City to Covert Attack with Biological Agents.
Mithisar Basumatary
Mithisar Basumatary Acum 12 Zile
Ow... Like US don't .... CIA is doing like 1000 times more than KGB.....
c. j. macq
c. j. macq Acum 12 Zile
how do we know that the info exposing the misinformation isn't, itself, misinformation. if you don't think the U.S. uses misinformation against foreign powers or its own people, just as the soviets did, then i'm here to WAKE you UP. 2 such scams were the fbi's "COINTELPRO" and the cia's "operation mockingbird." the cia used misinformation to topple and overthrow democratically elected govts throughout central and south America and the middle east. its now called "fire-hosing," the repeating of lies often enough they're eventually taken as fact, and "astroturfing," the misrepresentation of organizations to manipulate people to vote for and support measures against their interests. ALL corporations, mainstream news media and govts do ALL these to keep us confused, frustrated and DIVIDED! the reality is - the world is run by liars and functions on fraud. we, the human species, don't know who to trust or what to believe anymore. and this is EXACTLY what the global ruling class wants. its in their interests to keep us bewildered, suspicious and DIVIDED! you want the truth for once? REVOLT AND REMOVE THESE FACISTS FROM POWER! that's the ON:Y way you're ever going to get the truth ever AGAIN!
sawnhill G
sawnhill G Acum 13 Zile
So it was indians all along
Thomas Kilpatrick
Thomas Kilpatrick Acum 13 Zile
Its scary how people are so easily duped... Its also amazing that often the rebuttal of a lie can sometimes not work as it play against peoples pre-existing confirmation bias / personal beliefs.
Smol Waev
Smol Waev Acum 9 Zile
As they say, "its easier to fool people than to convince them they've been fooled." I wonder if the "people" who still watch the nyt can be convinced. But i won't hold my breath rovids.com/video/video-y3qkf3bajd4.html
Prasad Patil
Prasad Patil Acum 13 Zile
Food for thought. How can I be certain this itself is not an Active Measure spreading disinformation against Russians? Mind you, this is an OpEd. If in the beginning 3:41 we listen to Yuri Bezmenov, due to “despite of abundance of information no is able to come to sensible conclusion”. Though the news item makes us aware on how disinformation is used in espionage, it fails to provide any tools to identify and isolate such Active Measures.
Smol Waev
Smol Waev Acum 9 Zile
"it fails to provide any tools to identify and isolate such Active Measures." LMAO. good on you for noticing, at least.. Can you hazard a guess as to WHY?
jimijuu omastar
jimijuu omastar Acum 13 Zile
siva krishna
siva krishna Acum 13 Zile
Even British used this fake crap on Nazis. Come on, give us a break. Democrats lost because they alienated a major section of society. That's it.
Kevin M
Kevin M Acum 13 Zile
How do we know if any of this video is real or just US propaganda, they didn't seem to try and expose the US much for subversion in other countries except for bringing it up as a footnote. As far as us viewers know every so called expert and X- agent could just be a paid actor. The NYT could be run by CIA operatives as a propaganda factory. And before you start thinking my points are valid, remember you have no idea who I am and why I am doubting this video. I could have my own agenda to persuade you. In the end we never really know anything... We just go with the story we want to believe Descartes eat your heart out
Prince of Prussia
Prince of Prussia Acum 13 Zile
Now the MSM does it all on their own.
394pjo Acum 14 Zile
Stories like this, that deliberately hide crucial facts, reveal a deeper truth afflicting the West. Russia is winning the information war and having measurable influences on opinions in Europe and the wider world. Despite our best efforts to curtail Russia the opposite is happening it is successfully connecting and expanding its military, industrial and financial relations with many significant countries like China, Turkey, Iran, India and south east Asia, while Its revenues from such ventures are growing by the tens of billions of dollars a day! By comparison the moral poverty of our own political establishment has nothing to offer us except opioids, genetically modified food and pornography. The very fact that insults, name calling and aspersions, as indicated in many of the comments here, are all we have left brings a clarity to our helplessness.
Malmö Facking Stad
Malmö Facking Stad Acum 14 Zile
plot twist: this is also disinformation.
Marshejsi Qyteza
Marshejsi Qyteza Acum 14 Zile
It's a shame, people who need to watch this, won't watch it.
carteor Acum 14 Zile
Why would he speak in definitions lmao
John Monrow
John Monrow Acum 14 Zile
Now do a piece on how the term "racist" was popularized by the USSR as a insult to anyone who didn't mindlessly follow the government 100%.
Smol Waev
Smol Waev Acum 9 Zile
shhh, you'll disturb the sheep.
Joshua Woods
Joshua Woods Acum 14 Zile
Your opinion is wrong, they didn't invent it
Independent, Not Ambivalent
Thank you, NYT!! You've always had great standards of journalism. But I've noticed you changing your focus in recent months to cover things that are definitely lacking in our... special? ... political climate lol. You're covering super interesting topics that I think we need to explore with deeper nuance that has gone missing from so many sources these days. History can give quite a lot of insight into the present
Santiago Restrepo
Santiago Restrepo Acum 14 Zile
How perfectly well do you understand what it is basically your core function, NYT
Santiago Restrepo
Santiago Restrepo Acum 14 Zile
How perfectly well you understand what it is basically your core function, NYT: disinformation
Frantz Woldy Amazan
Frantz Woldy Amazan Acum 14 Zile
I wonder what is the purpose of these videos ??? I feel like my opinion is being manipulated right now
Arian Ka
Arian Ka Acum 14 Zile
Explains disinformation with disinformation, wow.
Thomas THE Zaugg
Thomas THE Zaugg Acum 15 Zile
I feel like a big part of this story that the New York times missed with regards to this specific KGB program was the infiltraition of various american educational institutions where agents slowly and methodically implimented subtle changes to curriculum and areas of focus with the end goal being for the insititutions to turn out lower quality, less educated pupils. This in turn further damages the nation because these lower quality graduates start to fill the positions of power and because they're less intelligent, they make poor decisions and these poor decisiona further accelerate the race to the bottom. This was they key point of the lectures of Yuri Breznov, was how this process affected the education establishment. Why is the New York times ignoring that? Is it not politically expedient to acknowledge the possibility that the radical left wing mobs ubiqutious in American academia are likely unwittingly brainwashed soviet opperatives? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the media is finally starting to acknowledge the actual Russian interferance in America, but you're doing the truth and in turn the nation an incredible disservice by not addressing this programs affects on the educational instituions and how it has diminshied the caliber of American academia and the culture itself.
George Lincoln Rockwell
They are not ignoring it, they are deliberately rewriting history knowing that they can get away with it, as the 'paper of record'. The NYT is a Communist newspaper.
Universe Acum 15 Zile
I thought the narrator in NYT would be an American
aj_onboard Acum 15 Zile
Disease : Disinformation Symptom : Secracy/ lack of transparency Cure : More transparency. The less transparency/ more secrets a government/ higher authorities has to hide from its people, more the chances are there for it to get "infeckted" by disinformation. I feel that a more effective method to cure these kinds of problems in the future will be by being sincere, honest & trustworthy. #blockchainitall 😉
JBTechCon Acum 15 Zile
Wow, the NYT actually posted this. It's scare that Leftists don't even realize this is about them.
Darkstar Acum 15 Zile
Next the NYT will report on how Kashoggi was the key to world peace. Typical NYT dreck...take some fringe character and build up a complex conspiracy about it. The Left Wing tin foil hats eat this crap for breakfast.
Topsy Krets
Topsy Krets Acum 15 Zile
Project much NYT? Hilarious hypocrisy you got there.
danica belic
danica belic Acum 15 Zile
NYT. KBG. Operatives. UN. USA. From. Day. One.......and. Continue. Mossad. Center. Deem to. Destroy. USA. America. Their. Last. BUMB. To. World. Communist. Domination. They. Already. Murders. 900. Humans. Around. The world. Statistics. Their. Marxist. Religie. Kills. Starves.
danica belic
danica belic Acum 15 Zile
Why. Do. We. Cartel. Communist. Evil. In. USA. I know. Jews. Please. Listen. Yuri. Bezmenov. From. 70 he. Was. Explaining. The. KBG. Jews. Tactics. Education. We didn't. Lissen
danica belic
danica belic Acum 15 Zile
Jew. Fingers. KBG =. Mossad. Jew. Western. Supported. Jews. The. Enemy. W/. In. For. Century. And. Continue. Izrael. Look. Diabolical. Plan. By. Izrael. Against. USA. Samson. Option. Nuke.
danica belic
danica belic Acum 15 Zile
Invented. By. Jews. KBG. 99%Jews. Trust.
Santiago Loaiza
Santiago Loaiza Acum 15 Zile
Randolph Hearst officially, but it's been used as a military tactic for a loooong time.
Karla Peña
Karla Peña Acum 15 Zile
Holly mother of God. Young Puttin looks like Steven (Stephen?) Miller!!!
Andre Mcknight
Andre Mcknight Acum 15 Zile
//// @
Andrea Cluney
Andrea Cluney Acum 15 Zile
You should watch the full interview of the last of the three spies shown, as if you believe this; what he has to say in the rest of the interview is most intriguing.
Mr. Yellowstrat
Mr. Yellowstrat Acum 15 Zile
Disinformation, on the topic of disinformation. As if there's not clear historical evidence of the NY Times Co. creating and/or promoting disinformation. If a credible outlet put this together, I might've fell for it. Silly how now that the mass of people has figured out the snake like politics around the world, they're like, "sure disinformation has been used... To blame the saintly US govt for all of these terrible things" (that they actually did)
normie x
normie x Acum 16 Zile
Trump is the worst russian spy ever.
Scorpion Acum 16 Zile
Plot twist: CIA made this video.
wang王运国 Acum 16 Zile
Vaibhav U
Vaibhav U Acum 16 Zile
Excellent work by NYT.If someone watches Mr. Yuri Bezmunov's interview he says similar things about subversion. He accused Novosti press of of carrying out these KGB operations. You will be surprised to see that the same Novosti press owns RT and other russian media sources. Those fellows at KGB certainly are impressive.
Sunil Patil
Sunil Patil Acum 16 Zile
I'm going to burst on NYT for not highlighting northeast India but then they also forget Alaska! Score equal!
Xander Arena
Xander Arena Acum 16 Zile
Said the mockingbird media.....
Tom Jones
Tom Jones Acum 16 Zile
Russian Government slowly destroying the truth with their cancerous culture....Well done Times, bout time people woke up.
Mikey Raymond
Mikey Raymond Acum 16 Zile
It's hilarious. Yuri is an Alt-Right icon. The NYT is shooting themselves in the foot.
Patty Scabby
Patty Scabby Acum 16 Zile
NYT is in good company
John J
John J Acum 16 Zile
I say Jews in general.Keep in mind that most of the mainstream newspapers are owned by Jewish families and how many of them supported the Bolshevik Revolution.Pick your poison of any Jew in the USSR-Leon Trotsky aka Leon Bronstein was a Jew.Joseph Stalin was a Jew.Lazar Kaganovich was a Jew.Vladmir Lenin was a Jew.That and plenty of newspapers dating back to 1906 that used the number 'six million' when it came to anything negative regarding the Jews to gain sympathy.Being that the NY Times is Jew owned you'll see plenty of newspapers by THEM using this propaganda number.Google 'six million propaganda number' folks and look at the old newspaper articles...including NY Times. In my opinion the Jews are aware they're losing their grip on the USA and Europe with the rise of Nationalism as the Democratic Party collapses.The vast majority of the KGB was Jewish and of course they aren't going to mention this because they want people to focus solely on Russia.Not who had the power and what other sources still do have a grip on public opinion.
HobtheGoblin Acum 16 Zile
Russian disinformation didn't begin in the cold war. They invented the 'Jews are trying to rule the world' conspiracy back in the 1800s and sold it around the world.
HobtheGoblin Acum 16 Zile
An idea virus? so you mean, a meme?
dope catz
dope catz Acum 16 Zile
this is propaganda af
Asim Yousuf
Asim Yousuf Acum 16 Zile
When is the CIA version coming out. NYT is just a state shill. Not saying Russia hasn't done it but the US is just way more powerful and efficient with all of this stuff.
Cas Saesen
Cas Saesen Acum 16 Zile
Maybe this is disinformation or fake
Wayne S
Wayne S Acum 16 Zile
03:20 I remember watching that video on ROvids back in 2005 - 2007 xD A few individuals had actually uploaded it back then. I was intrigued.
kerc Chan
kerc Chan Acum 16 Zile
the left was infiltrated by commies back in the 50's they have been spreading their "truth" through the mainstream media for decades this is why just about everything they say is half to 3/4 lies.
Bill Deef
Bill Deef Acum 16 Zile
Sorry, USA USA Operation Mockingbird: www.carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php
DJ Wise Pariah
DJ Wise Pariah Acum 16 Zile
Propaganda is as old as language itself.
Coyote Blue
Coyote Blue Acum 16 Zile
All the news has always been fake. Idiots.
Tanbir-ul- Israq
Tanbir-ul- Israq Acum 16 Zile
Oh man..!! This is REALLY impressive...KGB worked with "Active Measures" while others used the "PASSIVE" ones...and it seems the "passive lords" are now missing the Cold-war times....oh...what a robust industrially viable times!!! It has been almost a decade without a juicy new war-markets somewhere in Asia, Africa or South America...Now its time to remind the American people ---- "" Hey!!,be aware !! Soviets were coming to nuke the "Free-world". now Soviets are no more ...but, nonetheless the Kremlin is still there. We need to make big war machines to tackle the rouge bear.🤣"
_ Grundel _
_ Grundel _ Acum 16 Zile
Always blaming Russia, like the US doesn't do it and worse globally...LMAO
Hafidh Zuhdi
Hafidh Zuhdi Acum 16 Zile
That ending tho...
What was the news agency name?
Wesley Dunphy
Wesley Dunphy Acum 17 Zile
more propaganda brought to you by The NY times.
BenBjornsen Acum 17 Zile
This is pure anti russian propaganda, you really think kgb invented disinformation? every intelligence agency in the world plays by this book EVERYONE! on small and large scales, this video singles out one large scale campaign and how it evolved... imbecility on its best... disinformation about disinformation ffs
Dejan Dimoski
Dejan Dimoski Acum 17 Zile
WOW , Marvel comics , Captain America debunking the undeniable. "Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it" says in the description , well I didn't hear ANY of the actors.........I mean former agents say that they invented it , the only thing I heard is a punitive attempt at denying it by the ...........listen to this "truth squad" . LOL
TIlak Sevak
TIlak Sevak Acum 17 Zile
Awesome story))
jimmy wayne
jimmy wayne Acum 17 Zile
Ofc a "selfmade" man like tronald dump with HUGE small hands, invented the word fake… Really it must be sooo liberating for ones soul to be so dementia ridden and live in a world thats always pink and suits your mood of the day! Hopefully you Americans wont give that man another 4 years to drag down USA. Ofc i must be biased, since i live in Denmark and fox "news" compare Denmark to Venezuela and the white house tries to scare people into believing that Scandinavia is socialist..
Ricardo Murillo
Ricardo Murillo Acum 17 Zile
And the CIA never made covert disinformation schemes in developing countries? 😂😂😂 I am from Latin America the test ground for CIA disinformation campaigns. Stills going on today. How do you think Pinochet and now Bolsonaro got boosted...
richoz27 Acum 17 Zile
The comment section is clearly divided into those that accept the narratives presented to them word for word, and those who think.
dee nixon
dee nixon Acum 17 Zile
This is propoganda.... textbook
Swapnil Shinde
Swapnil Shinde Acum 17 Zile
The weak kneed Gorbachev destroyed the most important country. Russia took revenge after so many years. Good luck America. And stop highlighting Indian Media in bad light.
Reymond Villasenor
Reymond Villasenor Acum 17 Zile
This is a game called telephone. This is the fault of bad reporting not verifying their sources.
Michal Sloboda
Michal Sloboda Acum 17 Zile
Guys. The agent interviewed is Czech not KGB. The action about planting the Nazi documents really happened. It was done by czechoslovak Secret service... Be careful with facts.
spikesmth Acum 17 Zile
How do we know this very story/video isn't a psyop to blame the Communists when the real culprits are the lizard people with logistic support from the tares?
Radu Acum 17 Zile
Amazing piece. I hope this goes viral in the same way the disinformation campaigns did.
MyEarHz Acum 17 Zile
I wonder if any of those developing this work in the KGB were influenced by Operation Mindfuck.
Branimir Lukač
Branimir Lukač Acum 17 Zile