A new report tonight from Buzzfeed describes a situation where Russia has PE Trump in a compromised position and open to influence. In admittedly unverifiable information, they report Trump, while in Russia, rented a hotel room frequented by the President and Michele Obama then hired hookers to perform urination acts on the bed because Trump disliked the President and his wife so much. Worst of all, they report Russia has the incident recorded on video and planned to influence Trump with it.
Soon after the story broke, 4Chan bubbled up past conversations of a successful catfishing attempt on the story’s originator Rick Wilson. An Anon from 4Chan convinced Rick Wilson that the crazy fanfiction story was real. 4Chan is archived and a search confirmed the hoax root of the story.
From November 1st, 2016: https://archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/95568919/#95571329
“They took what I told Rick Wilson and added a Russian spy angle to it.”
From Rick Wilson, the story made its way through Washington and eventually into the hands Sen. John McCain, who then took it to the Intelligence Agencies. The “incident” is now part of the special intel report, already read by both Obama and Trump. Classy.
Even though proof of the story’s origin came from 4Chan tonight, the story has been around journalistic circles for a while looking for a publisher. Many publications passed on printing it, considering the story unverifiable and doubtful. Others used it anyway.
In one example, /pol/anon was promoted to “Veteran Spy” in a David Corn “exclusive”:
Defamatory accusations, new-low hit pieces, duped journalists, politicians, and spys–
Once again, the hivemind of internet chanboards mass-effect our world.