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MH17 Plane Crash Sparks Frenzy Of Online Conspiracy Theories

18/07/2014 16:09 BST | Updated 22/07/2014 14:59 BST

Before the charred wreckage of flight MH17 had even cooled, the usual raft of conspiracy theories regarding the downing of the passenger jet were filling the wantonly suspicious minds of those desperate to believe that history is guided by a nefarious, unseen hand.

One of the most followed theories suggested that the attack was actually aimed at President Putin, based on the fact that the markings of Putin’s jet are similar to that of the Malaysian plane. This notion was given credence by Russia Today, who filed a report suggesting that Putin’s plane flew on the same flight path less than an hour after the attack. Cue frantic speculation that everyone from President Obama to the Rothschild family were the blame for an attempted assassination on the Russian leader that went wrong.

A staple of the suspicious is to claim that everything is a hoax, from the Boston bombings to 9/11 to the shooting at Sandy Hook. Some conspiracy theorists like to link these events together into one grand over-arching theory (that they alone have uncovered... sitting at their computer eating biscuits). Sure enough, the site of unburned passports at the crash site was enough for the internet to cry foul, suggesting that the documentation had been planted, and that the entire tragedy was a false flag event (a clichéd buzzword for the conspiratorial).

This theory was significantly beefed up in an editorial on the website Before It's News: "Adding in the fact that dozens of Malaysian passports were conveniently found at the scene of the crash, we can clearly see an attempted false flag to launch WW3 unfolding. The occult/illuminati connection to this plane crash are laid out in the 2nd video below and are absolutely stunning as the NWO [New World Order] attempts to start WW3 as their grip on power falls apart as the US dollar dies and on the same day TWA Flight 800 was shot down in 1996."

One of the more bonkers theories suggested that the plane that was attacked over Ukraine was actually the missing MH370, the Malaysian aircraft that disappeared over the Indian Ocean earlier this year. How or why is not expanding upon.

The illuminate – yes, the chaps from the Tom Hanks film – also got an airing, with "online truth-finders" suggesting that the number 7 played a role in the crash. It was downed on 17/7, it was a Boeing 777, and it was flight MH17. What does this mean? Everything, from a false flag event (there it is again) to the imminent invasion of aliens.

Yet perhaps the best theory was floated by balding, right–wing mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh, who speculated on his radio show that the crash was in fact a coincidental device to shift media focus away from the crisis on the US-Mexican border. That’s right – 298 people died so that hacks could stop writing about immigration. Limbaugh flowed thus: "I mean, you talk about… I don’t want appear to be callous here, folks, but you talk about an opportunity to abandon the Obama news at the border?"

UPDATE:

This from thew HuffPost UK Facebook page:

Message to all CIA, MI6 and MOSSAD trolls: tough luck boys and girls, but your false flag with that Malaysian aircraft is FALLING TO PIECES. Pretty sloppy work, like that coup d'etat in Kiev. Proof is already surfacing on the Internet that the whole thing was STAGED.Those clowns in Kiev made a video of Russians 'discussing' the shooting down of the Malaysian civilian aircraft ONE DAY before it happened. The jokers didnt know that everything which you post on Youtube has a date and time rercorded. Once they realized their mistake, they withdrew the video.Too late. I direct your attention to website 'whatreallyhappened'

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