August 19, 2020
tweeted a link
to the 1903
comment of context,
August 19, 2020
© Twitter / @FBIRecordsVault
An FBI Twitter account has raised eyebrows after linking to the 'Protocols
of the Learned Elders of Zion,' a century-old anti-Jewish text, without any comment or context.
The FBI Records Vault tweets out documents
from the bureau's archives.
On Wednesday afternoon,
it sent out a link to a PDF copy of the Protocols, using a program
A copy of the notorious pamphlet
previously been published
FBI's archive website.
Thousands of people liked, retweeted or responded to the post, which
is not something the account normally experiences.
Some of the replies saw
the tweet as the FBI's endorsement of the text.
"It looks like they
are promoting it," anti-Semitism researcher David Collier
"Normally they get a
few retweets. This has gone viral. Totally irresponsible."
"Did Q hack the FBI
Twitter account?" wondered liberal economist David Rothschild,
referring to the conspiracy-minded phenomenon popular among some
on the American right.
There does not seem to be a particular pattern to Records Vault
'Protocols,' it posted some records pertaining to
a 1930s economist who engineered the New Deal policy of farm
Before that, it linked to
two sets of documents about the 1985 bombing of the black anarchist
collective MOVE in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The last time the Records Vault caused this kind of furor was
in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election, when it posted
documents about corrupt financier
Marc Rich, pardoned by
Clinton, and materials about then-candidate Donald
Trump's father Fred, prompting a complaint by Democrat
Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion' is a 1903 text
purporting to describe,
"a Jewish plan for
achieving global domination."
Western historians claim
it was forged in the Russian Empire and published as a pretext for
the persecution of Jews.
The notorious book was translated into many languages, winning
praise from such anti-Semitic figures as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Schools in Nazi Germany
treated the 'Protocols' as a genuine historical document,
though evidence that it was a forgery had already emerged by the