4chan convinces everyone that Trump is a Russian spy

This is a story so astonishing that I can barely believe it myself.  According to Buzzfeed, CNN, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, the FSB has been blackmailing Donald Trump with a video of a golden shower (sex act involving piss) for five years. Their source for this information was a 4chan prank.

The 36 page document (searchable text here) shared with the media is a fairly obvious amateur effort. The use of the Confidential/Sensitive Source headers and footers matches the template of neither American nor British intelligence agencies which both use a completely different system of classification.

The report claims that the FSB (Russian Intelligence) cultivate Trump as an asset by luring him into a compromising position at the Ritz Carlton Moscow where Trump was filmed watching two prostitutes piss on each other in a bed once occupied by President Obama.

According to 4chan they made the whole thing up to prank Republican political consultant and vocal anti-Trumper Rick Wilson. Rick Wilson passed the information on to the CIA who leaked it back to the media. Rick Wilson has denied the allegations on Twitter but has not provided anything more substantial yet.

A summary of 4chans activities was uploaded to Pastebin.

On January 10, Buzzfeed posted a story under the byline of Ken Bensinger, Mark Schoofs and Miriam elder titled “these reports allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia” and posted a link to a document alleging, among other things, that Russia has been cultivating trump for 5+ years, that Trump has been in constant contact with the Kremlin for information on his opponents, and perhaps most inflammatory, that there are many recorded instances of blackmail of trump in sexual misconduct. A prominent claim is that Trump rented the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow, where he knew that the Obamas had slept in; he them hired a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden shower’ (pissplay) on the bed and in the room.

Noted #nevertrump voice Rick Wilson later commented on twitter, stating that the report “gave a new meaning to Wikileaks”  and that the report was the reason everybody was fighting so hard against the election of Trump.

The remarkable thing? It’s all fake. And not only fake; it’s a prank perpetuated by 4chan, on Rick Wilson himself. A post on 4chan on October 26 stated “mfw managed to convince CTR and certain (((journalists))) on Twitter there’ll be an October surprise on Trump this Friday” along with a picture of a smug face with a hash name.

On November 1, a person without a picture but is assumed to be the same person posted “So they took what I told Rick Wilson and added a Russian spy angle to it. They still believe it. Guys, they’re truly fucking desperate – there’s no remaining Trump scandal that’s credible.”

On January 10, moments after the story broke and began to gain traction on social media, a person with the same smug grin face, and the same hash title for the picture, stated “I didn’t think they’d take it so far.”