And the exchange went viral.
Is Bill Clinton facing a military tribunal for crimes of "murder, sex crimes against minors, treason, theft of government property"? No, that's not true: A Pentagon duty officer confirmed to Lead Stories that this claim was "Not true." Th
Does the military under President Joe Biden put West Point cadets in solitary confinement if they refuse the COVID-19 vaccine? No, that's not true. Unvaccinated cadets at West Point "are required to spend seven days in restriction of move
An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 U.S. military firearms were lost or stolen during the 2010s, with some resurfacing in violent crimes.
"Commanding Officer, USS SKIPJACK, cannot help but wonder what is being used at Mare Island in place of this unidentifiable material, once well known to this command."
We can think of a few other public figures who have spread unverified claims about the virus.
Did the U.S. military arrest former White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx for her role in deceiving the public about the effectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19? No, that's not true: The claim i
Did Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make zero mention of the military who lost their lives and of their family members over the Memorial Day holiday weekend? No, that's not true: The president and vice president both attended a wreath laying
The former Army general and Trump ally appeared at a right-wing conference in Texas in May 2021.
Is a batch of 950 military ballots for Joe Biden in Fulton County, Georgia, proof of election fraud? No, that's not true: Posts making that claim say the ballots were in sequential order but ballots aren't numbered, according to a county
Did the military arrest Adam Schiff? No, that's not true: This is a completely made-up story, published by a website that posts false and fictionalized allegations. Lead Stories has previously debunked many of those. "This story is comple
Will Donald Trump be sworn in as the 19th president of the United States and is the military in charge because Joe Biden is not the legitimate president? No, that's not true. Attorney L. Lin Wood made those false claims -- all of which Le
Hundreds of masked Hamas fighters brandishing assault rifles paraded in Gaza City and the group’s top leader made his first public appearance.
Not all "news" websites are equal.
Before she became a television icon, Arthur had a stint as a truck driver in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve from 1943 to 1945.
As Myanmar’s military continues a crackdown on protesters and rebel groups fighting its February coup, Facebook posts surfaced claiming that a major TV channel announced that all Myanmar citizens aged 18 and over must serve in the army. The claim, ho
Did a soldier come home from deployment with plans to surprise her partner, only to discover that he was seeing another woman? No, that's not true: This contrived "caught on tape" drama is a skit using actors for entertainment and monetiz
Did a giant flying saucer hover over a military convoy while a soldier stood guard, seemingly oblivious? No, that's not true: This image was entered in a creative UFO Photoshop contest in December of 2005. It is a doctored composite of se
The Israeli public in general has long felt the international media focus too heavily on the Palestinian side of the story while minimizing Israeli concerns and suffering.
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in Facebook posts claiming it shows young Myanmar protesters joining a combat exercise with an ethnic rebel group in May 2021. The posts circulated online as anti-coup protesters reportedly joined re
Is Joe Biden not in charge and is the military in control of the White House? No, that's not true. Biden is the president of the United States per the U.S. Constitution Article 20. The military is not in charge of the White House, and the
A video has been viewed more than a hundred thousand times on Facebook alongside a claim it shows a prominent rebel group in eastern Myanmar shooting down military aircraft in March 2021. The claim is false: the clip, which has circulated online sinc
After a leading Myanmar ethnic rebel army said it had shot down a military helicopter on May 3, 2021 a photo was shared thousands of times in Facebook posts that claimed it showed the wreckage from the crash. But the claim is false: the image has circ
Did the military arrest former FBI Director James Comey? No, that's not true: A spokesperson for the office of the secretary of defense said no such arrest happened. An article making the claim relies on a purported unnamed source and app
Did "President Trump" return in a blaze of glory on Air Force One? Is the military preparing to oust Joe Biden? No, that's not true: A video purporting to show Trump's triumphant return in April 2021 is old. The footage is actually from D
A video showing various military vehicles has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook alongside the claim that they belong to the Ethiopian army. This is false: while the Ethiopian army did recently acquire new military trucks, the video was actuall
Clinton is the frequent target of online hoaxes and conspiracy theories.
The stunning announcement came just hours after electoral officials had declared Idriss Deby Itno the winner of the April 11 presidential election.
Did an Irish woman take the gun of her wounded fiance and continue fighting the British army until she was killed? And did someone overhear the comments of the British commander who had called off the fighting so the "Irish could bury the
Was Hillary Clinton convicted by a military tribunal on April 16, 2021? No, that's not true. "The story is false," the Defense Department press operations duty officer told Lead Stories via email on April 16, 2021.There is no military tri
The Pentagon has gone on the record to confirm triangular objects over a Navy destroyer were filmed by U.S. military personnel.
"We're number one" isn't always a point of pride.
Did Hillary Clinton face a military tribunal on April 8, 2021? No, that's not true. "The story is fabricated," the Defense Department press operations duty officer told Lead Stories via email on April 12, 2021. Lead Stories previously deb
Terrorist group Boko Haram has released a video that includes footage of a mid-air explosion, claiming it shows a Nigerian Air Force jet shot down by insurgents in Borno state. This is false; the exploding aircraft seen in the beginning of the video wa
A video of armoured vehicles has been viewed thousands of times in multiple social media posts in April 2021 which claim it shows Chinese troops in Myanmar, where there has been escalating unrest since a military coup on February 1, 2021. The claim
The Devil’s Slide lookout bunker was the site of a military triangulation station and observation site used during World War II.
Was an "intel dispatch" released to the public that told of a U.S. military special operation in which U.S. Navy SEALs boarded the cargo ship Ever Given? And did this mission discover heavy weapons as well as 1,366 dead and 1,245 people a
Three photos have been shared thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim they show an air strike near the Thai-Myanmar border in March 2021. The images surfaced after the Myanmar military launched attacks in eastern
Three photos shared thousands of times on Facebook claim that they show Myanmar military’s helicopter shot down by the Karen National Union (KNU), one of the largest armed ethnic groups in Myanmar, on March 30, 2021. The photos circulated online foll
Brown was last remaining person to play for the Yankees in the 1940s.