Rumor: Edward Snowden says 'killshot' cataclysm coming

Protesters supporting Edward Snowden hold a photo of Snowden during a demonstration outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong.

Did Edward Snowden warn that millions will die in September due to a series of solar flares nicknamed 'the killshot' by the intelligence community?

FALSE: An article at a satirical web site set off the rumor

Edward Snowden says a series of solar flares is set to occur in September, causing global famine that will kill hundreds of millions of people, according to the satirical web site Internet Chronicle, whose story was reposted at BeforeItsNews.com. It's prompting buzz on Internet forums, where people debate whether it's real (many guess not) — and it's not.

"The Internet is ablaze with yet another baseless conspiracy theory that only serves to distract from real cover-ups and issues of genuine significance — the hoax that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden recently warned of a 'solar flare killshot' set to wipe out hundreds of millions of people in September," Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars and PrisonPlanet.com complains in an article outlining why it's a hoax.

He pointed out, for example, that readers readily would figure out it was fictitious if they went to Internet Chronicle's "about" section, which states the web site "is not of this earth. After crash landing in an asteroid December 30th, 1976, the alien husks of Chronicle editors rapidly adapted to Earth climates and bacterial flora. They are able to survive naturally in the wild and reproduce freely…" The site posts articles such as "Snowden Granted Sainthood" and "Paula Deen commits suicide at 66."

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Some are open-minded about the cataclysm story being real.

"Hard to tell what is real and what is false information these days, but this is an interesting article, and if true, bears reading," stated Boris93, in part, at Watchmanscry.com. "…I'm ready just in case, are you?" asks a commenter at a forum at AboveTopSecret.

"No link or proof of the statement makes me think BS right away," writes Bsuds at a Castanet forum.

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