The original thread has now been moved to the “Hoax” category of the website, as ATS claims the author admitted it was a hoax in a private exchange.To the best of our knowledge, this private exchange or the details thereof have not been posted publicly to substantiate this claim.

Our intent in posting this is not to spread paranoia or incite shill witch hunts, but merely to encourage readers to view what they read and engage with online with a more discerning eye.

This alleged confession is presented verbatim from its original thread to preserve its integrity.

As such, you may notice some minor typographical errors.

Update 1/12/2013: CLN has received a takedown notice asking us to remove this article on the basis that “It is libelous and utterly false” from someone claiming to be a legal agent of Above Top Secret’s parent company.

We are currently investigating and will post status updates as they become available.

The original thread now appears to have vanished from Above Top Secret’s website.

Update 1/17/2013: We have requested clarification regarding the takedown request and have not received a response. Update 4/3/2012: Above Top Secret’s legal agent never responded to our request for clarification of their takedown request.

It is called astroturfing, and it is far more common than most would imagine.

This post is not about Israel, and it is not partisan.