In leaked chat, WikiLeaks promotes conspiracy theories and cites an ancient aliens, anti-vaccination website

Portions of the leaked WikiLeaks + 10 chat reveal that WikiLeaks privately promoted conspiracy theories revolving around refugees, and cited an anti-vaccination website that promotes the theory that ancient aliens and visitors from other dimensions genetically engineered humanity.

A copy of the chat is being prepared for publication, with redactions made to protect third party individuals’ privacy.

In the chat, WikiLeaks’ verified account begins to warn about CIA and the Peace Corps, warning that the Agency infiltrates the Peace Corps. In the process, the WikiLeaks account referred to an anecdote in David Wise’s The Invisible Government. According to the story, Vice President Lyndon Johnson had warned the first director of the Peace Corps “beware the three C’s — Communism, Cuties, and the CIA.”

CIA’s and Peace Corps’ official policies explicitly forbid crossover between the Agencies. The Peace Corps “permanently bars from Peace Corps Volunteer service and Peace Corps employment any person who has been employed by the Central Intelligence Agency.” CIA has similarly banned any utilization of Peace Corps employees, and forbidding the Agency from hiring a former Peace Corps employee until at least five years after they left the Corps. The book quoted by WikiLeaks conceded that “the Peace Corps, it should be noted in fairness to the CIA, maintains it does not know of a single case in which it could be sure of an attempted infiltration by an intelligence agent seeking to use the Corps as cover.”

The anecdote itself seems to be reported only in Wise’s book, though it may be true. Regardless, WikiLeaks’ referral to the anecdote is not newsworthy. What is, however, is the link WikiLeaks provided as the source for the quote. WikiLeaks cited, a website which openly asserts on its about page that since “time immemorial an interaction has existed on Planet Earth with multitudes of races from different areas of the universe and other Dimensions. We know and are aware that, in the past, various genetic manipulations have been conducted on our planet by a variety of alien races.”

The website also maintains an entire section dubbed “Killer Vaccines,” which posts material claiming that vaccines are literally deadly and are being used to reduce the global population. This section of the website contains information that can be readily verified as hoaxes or deliberate distortions. The website lists the topics it covers as including “Neo-Archeology, Neo-Astronomy, Parascience (New Science), Mysticism, Genetics, Channeling, Sociopolitics and Exopolitics, Legends and Myths, gods and lesser gods, extraterrestrials.”

That the quote is from an accurate reproduction of a mainstream book is irrelevant compared to WikiLeaks’ choice of sources. A Google search for that quote turns up, but it also turns up copies of the book elsewhere, including the a copy of the complete book on the Internet Archive and a second, an excerpted copy also on the Internet Archive and an on CIA’s website. The decision to cite a copy on is no different than citing something on InfoWars – regardless of whether or not the exact quote is accurate, the choice of sources to link to is revealing and it hints that WikiLeaks staff may have already been reading the website.

This is not WikiLeaks’ only association with fringe conspiracy theories. As has been discussed elsewhere, WikiLeaks personnel (including Assange himself) helped promote pieces of the Pizzagate conspiracy theories. At other points in the chat, WikiLeaks twice promoted their “pet conspiracy theory” revolving around refugees being used to destabilize Syria. In the first instance, WikiLeaks proposed that Sweden “is taking Syrian refugees as its contribution to the US war effort.” In their next message, WikiLeaks clarified that “pumping out the Syrian middle class to Sweden and Germany, i.e all the engineers and bureaucrats, will cause the government to eventually collapse.”

One of WikiLeaks’ most active supporters asked if WikiLeaks thought that EU countries taking in refugees “could have been prompted by [the] U.S. as a war strategy against [the] Syrian government?” WikiLeaks responded that it “is possible,” noting Germany’s involvement with U.S. military structures. As an alternative, WikiLeaks said it could also be a “smart strategy to get the “best” refugees first, rather than having to deal with the flood of poor and desperate that will come later.”

Nearly two months later, WikiLeaks visited a similar conspiracy theory about Syrian refugees being used to undermine the Syrian government. According to this theory, Erdogan had taken in Syrian refugees “to train them up and use them as proxies and cannon fodder for his prospective invasion of Syria. … We think it is inevitable. Syria is weak and depopulated. Turkey continues to grow and is the traditional regional hegemon.”

Following up on their “pet conspiracy theory,” WikiLeaks proposed that Russia might sell or lease S-400s to Assad. The logic was that Russia couldn’t directly attack the United States by shooting down American jets in Syrian airspace, but that Syria could. This theory came about a week after Russia deployed S-400s in Syria. Russia has since deployed additional S-400s to Syria.

While WikiLeaks’ pet conspiracy theories aren’t be as fringe as some of the ones on the Bibliotecapleyades website they cited, each “pet conspiracy theory” provides an insight into WikiLeaks’ thinking process and their view of the refugee crisis. Their citing of Bibliotecapleyades while other, often more convenient and/or comprehensive, sources exist is even more revealing – and hints that the WikiLeaks staff may have already been visiting an anti-vaccination website that promotes  Illuminati and ancient aliens theories, including that humanity was engineered by extra-terrestrial and inter-dimensional beings.