CLAIM

Anthony Weiner was placed in protective custody until he can testify against Hillary Clinton.

FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

In March 2017, repeat offender TheLastLineOfDefense.org published a fake news article appearing to report that scandal-plagued former Democratic politician Anthony Weiner was being held in protective custody until he could testify against Hillary Clinton and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, who served as vice-chair of the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign:

Weiner, in a sworn federal affidavit, claimed that the emails were put there by Abedin to protect Clinton and that if he didn’t keep his mouth shut he would be “joining Vince Foster.” Clinton is expected to be charged with corruption, murder and perjury at some point in 2017. Congressman Trey Gowdy has just ordered another $11 million in investigations to seal the deal.

TheLastLineOfDefense.org is an entertainment web site that has a long history of publishing topical, but completely untrue, stories. The site carries a buried disclaimer noting that its content should not be considered factual:

The Resistance may include information from sources that may or may not be reliable and facts that don’t necessarily exist. All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney. Pictures that represent actual people should be considered altered and not in any way real.

The article also contains a few amusing and clearly joking references (“eleventy thousand top-secret emails” and ludicrous details (Weiner “requested plastic surgery on both his face and his junk so there’s no chance he could be recognized should his texting addiction see a relapse”) indicating that it was written in jest.