Claim: Pentagon sources issued a warning to Russian officials to expect a "radical change" in the U.S. government soon.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2013]
A highly troubling "urgent bulletin" issued earlier today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) states that it has received information from the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) warning to expect a "radical change" in the government of the United States, possibly within the next fortnight, based on information they have received from "highly placed" sources within the Pentagon.
According to this MoFA bulletin, GRU intelligence assests were notified by their Pentagon counterparts this past week that President Barack Obama is preparing to invoke the powers given to him under
Origins: This October 2013 item about "highly placed" sources in the Pentagon supposedly warning Russian officials to expect a "radical change" in the U.S. government isn't a real news item; it's just more fictional "Sorcha Faal" sensationalism that originated with a single disreputable source, the whatdoesitmean.com political conspiracy site, of which RationalWiki says:
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.
It stretches credulity to the extreme to imagine that if a U.S. president were imminently planning to declare a "state of insurrection" existed within the U.S. and invoke the National Emergencies Act (especially to the extent that Pentagon sources were issuing warnings to foreign officials about such plans), there wouldn't be a single mention of this monumental development anywhere in the American or global news media.
Unfortunately, other political conspiracy sites which have more professional-appearing names and layouts than whatdoesitmean.com, such as the European Union Times, republish the former's fantastic "Sorcha Faal" reports, creating the misleading impression that such material is being reported by multiple legitimate news sources.
As RationalWiki notes of the European Union Times:
Last updated: 10 October 2013