- Russia and China ramped up a campaign to spread new conspiracy theories pertaining to the origin of coronavirus.
- This campaign ramped up right after the announcement of the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson being moved to ICU.
- The campaign is extra lucrative for Russia, due to UK and Russia bad blood, especially after the Skripal poisoning.
In reaction to the coronavirus quarantines, Canada and the US are implementing emergency funds to help with large numbers of unemployment. The quarantine continues in the most US states and in Canada. As of April 6th there are 1.3 million cases and over 74,000 deaths around the world. In the US nearly 400,000 are infected. The states that have the largest numbers of infected are New York. Louisiana and Michigan.
Economies around the world continue to take a beating and according to a number of central banks we are starting to enter recession. Depending on how long the pandemic continues to spread and the numbers continue to increase, we’ll get a better understanding of the outcome on the global financial systems. Will there be hyperinflation in the fall?
At the same time Russia and China decided to ramp up their campaign of misinformation and blame. Russian social media and official news sources now have a new theory they are peddling. Russian media in its majority is owned and controlled by the Kremlin directly or indirectly. Their new conspiracy theory gained even more traction since the announcement on April 6th that the British Prime Minister has been moved to an ICU and requires oxygen support.
The new fake news theory claims that coronavirus did not originate in Wuhan, China, but in fact came from Solsbury Porton Down laboratory in the United Kingdom. Porton Down is a UK military laboratory near the city of Salisbury. The secretive biological and chemical research facility became famous during the time of the Skripal poisoning in UK with Novichok. The story headlined around the world.
According to the UK government contracts registry, Porton Down laboratory scientists produce and test dissemination of biological and/or chemical agents.
The new conspiracy theory is being used to divert blame from China for careless actions and misreporting true numbers and their failure to immediately act to contain the virus. The first false theory peddled was that US military personnel brought coronavirus to Wuhan during the World Military games of October 8-27, 2019.
This new theory now also gives Russia multiple angles. Since the UK was able to decipher and oust the Russian government agents responsible for Skripal poisoning, it is even more salivating payback for Kremlin to accuse the UK of being responsible for creation of the coronavirus in their Porton Down lab. The UK is experiencing tumultuous times, with Brexit finalization and the coronavirus pandemic, creating very tough conditions in the country. Especially when the leader of the nation is in ICU and it is possible he could have a lethal outcome. Such an event could create uncertainty in the political arena and further sink the UK economy.
China is very eager to support such a theory, as it takes the heat off China and creates a diversion. The conspiracy theorists and trolls are eagerly spreading this theory on Twitter and other social platforms outside of Russia.
One thing is for certain: there is nothing too low for the China and Russia to use as propaganda and to gain any advantage. Even though it is all just fake news fertilizer.