Fact Check: NO Evidence Hamish Harding Tweeted About 'Biden Crime Family' Before Diving In OceanGate Titan Sub

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: NO Evidence Hamish Harding Tweeted About 'Biden Crime Family' Before Diving In OceanGate Titan Sub Fact Check: NO Evidence Hamish Harding Tweeted About 'Biden Crime Family' Before Diving In OceanGate Titan Sub No Such Tweet

Did Hamish Harding, an aviation businessman and aircraft pilot who died in the OceanGate Titan submersible disaster, tweet on June 17, 2023, that the Biden family tried to hire his aviation company for human smuggling? No, that's not true: No credible evidence exists that Harding ever published any such tweet, and his company tells Lead Stories this claim is false. The social media platform where this claim appeared, Gab, includes a disclaimer that it does not guarantee it publishes accurate information.

The claim appeared in a post published on Gab Social on June 21, 2023 (archived here). Above the screenshot of a purported tweet and a press release, the caption opened:

Looks like they wanted Hamish Harding dead.......Biden kill list????????

The screenshot of the purported tweet, found in this post, that Harding allegedly published on June 17, 2023, reads:

I have information that will lead to the arrests of @JoeBiden and Hunter Biden. The Biden Crime Family tried to solicit my company @actionaviation for human smuggling operations in and around the Caribbean.

This is what the post looked like on the social media site at the time of writing:

Hamish Harding Tweet Image .png

(Source: Gab screenshot taken on Fri Jun 30 16:32:49 2023 UTC)

The tweet screenshot in this post was fabricated, as there is no evidence of such a tweet on the Twitter platform currently.

A Google News search using keywords central to the screenshot of the tweet in this post yielded no results to substantiate its claim. If Harding had made such a statement, even before he was a passenger on the Titan submersible, it would have been considered a significant news event and shown up on major news media as well as Twitter, and that did not happen.

The last tweet published on Harding's Twitter account on June 17, 2023, instead announced his plan to go on the "RMS TITANIC EXPEDITION":

harding tweet screenshot.png

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Jun 30 16:32:49 2023 UTC)

Also, the statement attached to the post, which was purportedly published by Harding's company Action Aviation, does not corroborate any of the information in the caption of the post or the fabricated tweet. A search of the Action Aviation website did not produce the statement seen in this post or anything like it.

In an email to Lead Stories received on July 4, 2023, Angelica Vartanyan, marketing director of Action Aviation, told Lead Stories that this claim was false:

The Gab Social post you are referring to is false and fake.

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Other Lead Stories fact checks about the Titan submersible can be read here.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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