A new conspiracy theory is floating around social media about a link between right-wing politicians and the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. The allegations have not been proven, and the supposed “leaks” are not publicly available, making verification impossible.
The hashtag #KlondikePapers was seen trending off and on Sunday night. What are these mysterious papers? And do they link right-wing politicians to the Plymouth Brethren Church?
What are the Klondike Papers?
The Klondike Papers refer to a supposed cache of e-mails, texts, and documents that were never meant to be seen by the public. The source of these leaks is a whistleblower named David Wallace. Unlike other leaks of this nature, the cache is not being released to the public, only “select” journalists.
The cache purportedly outlines shady activity the church has been involved in, and links to Conservative politicians. Because the leaks are not publicly available, verification is impossible.
Journalist Justin Ling claims he reviewed the documents and found that several claims made by whistleblower David Wallace were inaccurate. Wallace talked about a plan to “assassinate” the prime minister during the Freedom Convoy protest, however, Wallace doesn’t have the evidence to support this claim.
Furthermore, Ling states the Freedom Convoy was never mentioned in the papers at all. Ling warns that the Klondike Papers conspiracy theory could morph into a liberal version of QANON.
Another journalist, Dale Smith, shared Ling’s sentiment, stating he believes the Klondike Papers are “largely an attempt to build a conspiracy theory for leftists.”
What is Plymouth Brethren Church?
The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church describes itself as a “Christian fellowship.” It has a relatively small following. According to its website, it has a community of over 50,000 members across Oceania, Europe, the Americas and the United Kingdom.
The church has been the subject of a series of reports by media outlets such as CityNews, with former members coming forward to describe the church as strict, and cult-like.
Role of Dean Blundell
Dean Blundell, a disgraced radio host, has attached himself to this conspiracy theory and is one of its biggest proponents. Blundell has been instrumental in pushing the conspiracy via his Twitter account.
Blundell has a history of getting radio gigs, then getting fired or let go. He earned a bad reputation over the years for making sexual comments about children, advocating for violence against women, and bashing homosexuals for ratings.
Notably, Blundell also has a history of lying and spreading unverified rumours. Previously, he spread baseless conspiracy theories on 9/11 and on Russia. This calls the validity of this conspiracy theory into question.
The fact that both Blundell and Wallace are known to spread misinformation makes this story hard to take seriously. It is notable that no major news networks picked this story up. Another red flag.
UPDATE: The article was updated on Jun. 13, 2022. It was further updated on Jun.17 and again on Sep. 15. Read about our editorial standards.
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