A photo allegedly posted from Diego Garcia onto the internet by a passenger on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Phillip Wood, has been debunked, in case the reader ever believed the cruel hoax to be true.
The photo story was heavily promoted by many, including Jim Stone on Before It’s News. Stone recently revealed the source of the image, saying it was 4Chan. Like Sorcha Faal, 4Chan is noted for disinformation that is often debunked. Predictably, Stone has drummed up more attention by writing pieces calling all skeptics of his story shills.
Reading a hoax or even disinformation is tricky because it holds an element of truth, even up to 95% truth so that the remaining percentage is also believedt. Disinformation, not to be confused with misinformation, is a military weapon of war. Global Research notes a life-or-death importance of knowing the difference between disinformation and truth in its article, In the War on Media Disinformation, the Truth is our Most Valuable Weapon. (See: Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars.)
Wikipedia says that ”In espionage or military intelligence, disinformation is the deliberate spreading of false information to mislead an enemy as to one’s position or course of action. In politics, disinformation is the deliberate attempt to deflect support of an opponent, disseminating false statements of innuendo based on a candidate’s vulnerabilities as revealed by opposition research. In both cases, it distorts true information. Disinformation may include distribution of forged documents and photographs.“
Someone anonymously posted on the social media website on March 18 under the title “help.”
“I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded),” the poster said. “I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my [expletive] during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly.”
Wood was the only American aboard the flight, that vanished after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8. Though en route to Beijing, officials believe the plane was hijacked. No wreckage has been found, despite a widespread search, and Saturday, Chinese Search and Rescue experts reported hearing a pulse identical to a cockpit black box. There were at least two Boeing 777s involved in the international crime.
The phone message and photo story gained much attention, similar to those about the plane’s abduction by aliens. More credible stories included statements by officials pointing to the United States secret base at Diego Garcia, as Stone’s piece does. Diego Gracia, on a coral atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is notorious for its covert operations, including kidnappings, or “rendering.” It is where evidence shows MH370 flew.
Stone says the EXIF data shows a location on Diego Garcia and claims he was hacked within hours of posting the original photo.
Article Title, Clue #1
The original article title “shouts” of being unprofessional at best, Its title asserts or commands the reader to make it go viral, five exclamation marks, and written in capital letters: MUST GO VIRAL!!!!! BLOCKBUSTER: THIS IS ACCURATE AND NOW 100 PERCENT CONFIRMED: HIJACKED IBM ENGINEER SUCCESSFULLY DIALED OUT OF DIEGO GARCIA.
Then, the updated version reads, RUSH UPDATE: The story below is NOW CONFIRMED 100 PERCENT TRUE. “All caps” is acceptable when used for emphasis (for a word or phrase). They have been traditional in military writing and by alphabet personnel, such as Central Intelligence Agency operatives. (See: Why are military messages in all capitals?, in Big Book of Warfare, Alternatewars.com, by Ryan Crierie.
“Short strings of words in capital letters appear bolder and “louder” than mixed case,” says Wkipedia, adding that “this is sometimes referred to as ‘shouting.’” On the internet, using all caps is viewed as a breach of “netiquette” – or to put it simply, rude. (Ilene Strizver (2011). Hub Pages takes this issue further, analyzing the personalities of people who write in all caps, and includes assumptions readers make when sent something entirely capitalized: (Edited for brevity)
People think a message in all caps means the writer is yelling at them. Traditional “all caps” writing means on the Internet you’re doing this to convey a tone similar to yelling. It comes across as threatening, causing people to react negatively out of a defensive posture.
People assume the writer is trying to demand attention. Even if the ALL CAPS piece isn’t considered to be received in a manner similar to yelling, it creates a feeling that the writer really wants attention. Same would be true if the writing were in an odd font, much larger than normal, or a color other than black. This irritates many readers.
People might assume you lack skill with technology. The standard method of writing online is using combined lower case and capital letters. If you choose not to conform to this, some people reading your writing assume you’re not familiar with standard etiquette of the technology you’re using, or choose to be rude.
People may assume you’re an immature writer. People reading your work might assume you don’t know proper methods of capitalization and so you choose to write in ALL CAPS, damaging to writers as some fail to take your writing content seriously.
• People might assume that you’re lazy. Another reason some choose to write in all caps is that they can’t be bothered to change back and forth between lower case and capital letters. This can be viewed as lazy.
• People might wonder if you’re trying to be seen as a rebel. This is just one of those issues of non-conformity. When you opt to do things in a way other people do not do them, you draw attention to yourself, some of which will be negative attention from people see no reason to do things differently, especially when those things are offensive, like yelling at them.
The bottom line is a fact that many people will make negative assumptions about you if you write without proper lower case and capitalization.
The veggies (no meat) in article yelled at you
The article claims the MH370 passenger hid his cell phone, sent a message on it with a bag over his head under military watch, and attached a photo of a military facility where he was being held. The entire story is based on a claim that the Exif data “proves” the location of the photo:
Image Exif data: THE SMOKING GUN
The Exif is intact. Exif data gets embedded in every image by every camera and includes the circumstances under which the photo was taken. It can be viewed by saving the image to your desktop, and then right clicking it and selecting image properties. Hit the details tab. You can see that the image was taken on March 18 with an Iphone 5, with the ISO at 3200 and a shutter of 1/15. The coordinates are included in the exif data because the Iphone knows where it is, and the coordinates are for Diego Garcia. THE FIRST TIME A BLANK PHOTO SAID IT ALL.
Since the entire theory is based on the claim that the Exif data “proves” the location, it’s imperative to look at that, and show it’s a hoax, as various posters have. One, however, #9 on Metabunk, demonstrates how Exif data can be easily changed.
Exif data can be easily changed. Metabunk says that material from the thread reproduced below for reference included: “It’s nonsense because it’s so easy to fake GPS EXIF data. Here’s the same “photo” with the EXIF moved to the Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas:
Since it’s such a trivial thing to fake, combined with the “ridiculous narrative of smuggling an iPhone 5 up his rectum, and the image being black (iPhone 5 has a flash, the only sensible conclusion is that this is a hoax,” Metabunk says. The originally posted photo seems to have been “clumsily” faked using the free software “Picasa”, that left an indication in the EXIF data, adds extra “Photoshop” metadata, and stores the GPS data in a different format.
The piece has drawn attention for days, as intended, according to the title writing style in caps. In fact, it brought out some of the worst of the worst, intentionally or not. For example, on March 31, a Before It’s News poster wrote:
“sent to jim stone via email:
in a tiny airplane seat, take your pants down and stick a phone up the butt all while under the gun from the hijacker who says no body move, impossible.
the 8″ salami story is irrelevant to the circumstances on the plane.
you have failed.”
To that, CovertKilljoy, replied, “Oh phuleeze. You honestly think the CIA would bother sending people to debunk the piece about a phone being shoved up ones ass? Was the IBM employee a porn star? What saddens me is that you people (me included) have turned away from mainstream because we can supposably discern the truth from lies.”
And to that, WeBeDoomed, replied, “I have totally lost faith in this site. I know I treated many of the stories with scepticism and had a laugh at some of the loons on here, but the complete charisma bypass of most of the users on here fills me with sadness.”
“As much as I’d love to see a conspiracy theory out of this story at this point, posts like this are simple hoaxes at best and could be flat out disinformation posted by nefarious actors who want the conspiracy folks to get all wound up and post stuff that is so easy for them to discredit,” SDCAUSA commented. “REPEAT: EXIF DATA IS EASY TO EDIT. You do not need to be a serious hacker to edit it, IT EASY TO DO WITH FREE TOOLS.”
Despite disfavor among many readers, Mr. Stone continued the phone up the backside story banter to gain over 200K more Before It’s News reader views of another story he wrote to name-call all who debunked his story, “SHILLS.” All this attention, yelling and threatening readers — at the expense of the missing passenger Mr. Phillip Wood and his traumatized wife, living in hope of seeing her husband again — adds to the heartbreak.
Metabunk wrote, “I’m particularly sad about such conspiracy theories because of the effects it has on the relatives – such as told by Philip Woods partner Sarah Bajc here” in, a BBC report about disinformationists working to mislead people of goodwill regarding the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Governments are intentionally misleading us’ on Malaysia plane – BBC News
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