An online newspaper with close ties to the political party of President Luis Guillermo Solís uncritically reported Friday that the United States, Britain and Israel conspired to create the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. This is one of those Internet rumors that has been making the rounds for the last month.
The newspaper, Informa-Tico, attributed these startling revelations to Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency leaker who now is in Russia.
The news article drew two comments from readers who seem to have thought the story was true.
The Internet is full of reports about how this rumor had its roots in a Tehran Times article earlier this year that also said that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the reclusive leader of the Islamic State, was really a Jewish guy named Simon Elliot who was working for the Israeli security service.
In fact, some Internet sources claim that former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Central Intelligence Agency created the Al- Qaeda offshoot that has swept brutally across Iraq.
Of course, the Mideast is so chaotic that there is plenty of room for bizarre rumors. The surprise is that an established political outlet in San Francisco de Dos Rios would uncritically publish such an article when there is plenty of real evidence on the Internet that the tale is a fake.