Hoax Alert: Mikhail Gorbachev Did NOT Say Soviets Faked Roswell UFO Incident

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  • by: Alan Duke

An online report that former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev revealed in a recent interview that the 1947 Roswell UFO incident was created by his country as a psychological war trick on the United States is NOT TRUE. It is a hoax story on a satire website.

Lead Stories' Trendolizer identified the World News Daily report published on December 14, 2015 as trending on December 15. But as we say: Just because it's trending, doesn't make it true.

The story claims that Gorbachev, who was the Soviet Union's last leader before it collapsed in 1991, made a series of shocking revelations in a recent interview on Russian National Public Television (ВГТРК).

"The United States still boast themselves of the fall of the USSR by financing the mujahideen that they are now fighting and have spread to Iraq and Syria and that call themselves ISIS, but even today few people in the world know, even Russian citizens do not know that the Roswell UFO incident in 1947 was a psychological warfare operation on the American people that lasts unto today" he purportedly said.

Other excerpts from the satirical report:

"Asked what he meant by 'psychological warfare operation against the American people,' Gorbachev explained the discovery of the fake alien craft to make Americans believe that space travel was possible and lead the American government into an elaborate 'Space Race'."

"'We even faked Yuri Gagarin's flight into space' he admits, visibly eager to share this information. 'I hope not to deceive my fellow comrades by saying this, but it was a necessary means at the time to entice the Americans into an expensive Space Race to deplete and divert strategic resources from the American economy and particularly, its military-industrial complex.'"

Trendolizer really likes entertaining satire, which is what the World News Daily publishes. But it doesn't like when readers fail to know it is satire. In fact, the website's "about us" section makes it clear that it's stories are not true:

"WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle." http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/disclaimer/

We invite you to peruse our Hoax Alert section for more.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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