Former President Barack Obama being arrested in a huge drug bust in Japan is fake news. Contrary to a conspiracy site, Obama was not arrested in connection with the seizure of massive amounts of cocaine on his yacht in Japan. Where did this fake story start?
In April 2017, rumors appeared on social media that Obama had been arrested in Japan in connection with large quantities of cocaine purportedly found on his yacht.
“Former US President Barack Obama, in custody of the US military police, has informed on his drug dealing bosses, according to sources in Japanese military intelligence. As a result of this, an airplane filled with Afghan Heroin and North Korean amphetamines was impounded at Argyle International Airport on St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean, the sources say. The money raised from this drug flight was intended to be used to finance the operations of Daesh (formerly known as ISIS), the sources say. This impoundment follows the capture of an Obama linked ship containing 4.2 tons of cocaine, the sources note.”
The only citation as a source for this outrageous claim was a reference to a March 15, 2017 post on conspiracy site WhatDoesItMean.com which you can read below.
“Obama Flees After Massive Drug Bust Aboard Lady Michelle Vessel In Caribbean
An intriguing Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that former President Barack Obama fled Washington D.C. this past Friday (10 March) traveling to New York City, Omaha (Nebraska), San Jose (California) and ending up in Hawaii—all occurring within 36 hours while he sought elite allies to defend him, and keeping him ahead of investigators from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the US Department of the Treasury (DoT) seeking to interview him about one of the largest drug busts in American history occurring in the Caribbean aboard a fishing vessel named the Lady Michelle. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]”
Here are some examples of discussion of the fake news about Obama’s drug bust on social media.
— Katherin (@KatherinVII) April 2, 2017
#FoundInArea51 Obama who has been missing after the huge drug bust on his boat
— Anonymous America (@KORANISBURNING) April 1, 2017
@pepesgrandma Obama needs to show his face so he can testify in regards to the Lady Michelle Drug bust/his Stealing/Funneling USA monies into his bank
— R Dee Conn (@RhondaDeeConn1) April 6, 2017
@Cernovich great job Mike,can't wait to hear more news? how abt Obama being on the run since the drug bust in Caribbean aboard Lady Zmichelle vessel
— patriotMOM (@2christian) April 3, 2017
@BenFulford1 Is it true? Obama arrested, being held in Japan? Drug Bust? Why isn't being reported on major news shows on TV?
— maria summers (@Pepitasundaymon) April 3, 2017
The false item contained an image labeled “4.2 tons of seized cocaine, worth an estimated $125 million, from the President Barack Obama linked fishing vessel named Lady Michelle on 16 February 2017.” However, that caption was false, as the image in fact appeared alongside a WTVJ report about a U.S. Coast Guard drug bust off the coast of Suriname that occurred on Feb. 16, 2017. Neither the image nor its backstory had anything to do with Obama or Japan. WhatDoesItMean.com is a fake news site, described by RationalWiki as follows:
“Sorcha Faal is the alleged author of an ongoing series of “reports” published at WhatDoesItMean.com, whose work is of such quality that even other conspiracy nutters don’t think much of it.
Each report resembles a news story in its style but usually includes a sensational headline barely related to reality and quotes authoritative high-level Russian sources (such as the Russian Federal Security Service) to support its most outrageous claims. Except for the stuff attributed to unverifiable sources, the reports don’t contain much original material. They are usually based on various news items from the mainstream media and/or whatever the clogosphere is currently hyperventilating about, with each item shoehorned into the conspiracy narrative the report is trying to establish.”
According to Snopes, these falsehoods from WhatDoesItMean.com often outlive other fake news items due to the manner in which they tend to be created and disseminated. The claim spread more as “buzz” than as a link to any one iteration.
What did you think of the fake story about the alleged drug bust against Obama? Did you see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
Source: Business 2 Community