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Claim: Coded images in oil paintings reveal plans for an upcoming "massive germ attack on the U.S."
Example: See Coded Images Show Plans for Massive Germ Attack On U.S., Killing Millions.
Origins: We often come across people who sound earnest, write well, and have strings of letters after their names, but expend a great deal of effort propagating ideas both absurd and harmful. Unfortunately, one such case has been drawing a great deal of attention lately.
Robert Koontz, who describes himself as an "experimental nuclear physicist" and a "former National Security Agency instructor" (and a part-time extraterrestrial researcher to boot) has decided that several oil paintings by 34-year-old Muzaffar Wandawi, a Baghdad-born web developer now living in Amsterdam, contain "embedded images" which reveal plans for a "massive germ attack on the U.S."
The key (and only) piece of evidence in this bizarre conspiracy is the fact that both Mr. Wandawi and someone with the same name as one of the United
[A]nother example of why the Internet’s unrestrained ability to let anyone gain a worldwide audience to say anything about anyone and anything has a dark side as disturbing as what Koontz thought he saw in Wandawi’s drawings.See the full version of Mr. Wendland's article through "Additional information" link below for an excellent overview.
Caught in a Web of Terror (Detroit Free Press)
Last updated: 21 April 2008
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