Link to article in The Guardian plus added commentary
Jim Waterson Media editor
Fri 24 Apr 2020
Jonathon James, who regularly preached at churches in Bedfordshire, is the previously unidentified individual who reached millions of people with his detailed but nonsense claims that Covid-19 is a fake disease covering for the impact of 5G.
Coronavirus conspiracy theory video revealed ‘former Vodafone executive’ in 5G conspiracy video is UK pastor
Here is another example of disinformation and conspiracy theories taking advantage of peoples real fears from uncertainty and it resulting in violent and destructive behavior.
The more we allow the erosion of truth the more we will suffer the consequences. Many governments, political parties and politicians are partly to blame after their own misinformation or propaganda campaigns and general lack of real transparency exposed.
Many copies of this and other fake news were deleted by YouTube for breach of it’s dangerous disinformation policy yet new uploads continue after being shared by conspiracy theorists and supporters.
He faked being a former Vodafone executive and claimed to connect the pandemic, 5G, vaccines and Bill Gates. The popularity of his video grew, just as people believing them began to burn down phone equipment and harass telecoms engineers. He suggests that Bill Gates is involved in a plot to produce covid19 vaccines that contain mirochips to track individuals to ultimately herald the destruction of society.
Part of the fear of 5G and China is due to there being a lot of information about Huawei telecom (China’s largest private company) and other Chineses equipment manufacturers getting subsidies and dumping equipment below cost in foreign markets plus allegations of spying and intellectual property theft.
There is also allegations that some of this fabricated. The US has charged Huawei with fraud for selling to Iran against sanctions. Canada has been dragged into it when the US requested it detain and extradite Meng Wanzhou who is deputy chairwoman of the Huawei board and CFO.
She is the daughter of the companies founder Ren Zhengfei. China has denied the allegations and retaliated by detaining several Canadians with questionable charges and banned import of Canadian canola and pork some of which has been lifted.
Snowden leaked a bunch of info about what the NSA was doing for years secretly to try and stop them from being used but why would they need to keep it secret if they had proof?
The truth likely lies in between somewhere and hopefully will come out in an unbiased court.