A pair of Russian pranksters who have targeted several high-profile American politicians assert they called Democratic presidential applicant Bernie Sanders late last calendar year posing as teenage local weather improve activist Greta Thunberg with an supply to help his campaign.
Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov informed the Affiliated Press the get in touch with took spot in December 2019. The pair posted an audio recording of the purported call to YouTube on Thursday. The Sanders campaign did not promptly return Fox News’ ask for to verify irrespective of whether or not the recording is authentic.
On the simply call, a woman pretends to be Thunberg and Stolyarov plays her father, Svante. They offer you to lend aid to the Vermont senator’s campaign. Sanders implies “Greta” make a general public statement in support of him and that they do an celebration together the next time she visits the United States.
“Let us continue on to converse and when you occur to the United States I will carry some people today alongside one another and we can do some exciting items, and if you required to make a statement in guidance of my candidacy and the plan we have outlined for local climate modify, I would be incredibly quite appreciative,” Sanders stated.
Sanders has been a vocal supporter of tough measures to fight climate improve, an issue that has garnered Thunberg around the world notoriety.
At one particular stage in the course of the exchange, the faux Thunberg proposes to record a hip-hop tune with Sanders, singer Billie Eilish and rapper Kanye West.
The pranksters then say they are slated to check out Russia and will need advice on how to behave.
“I think what you really do not want to do is simply just stroll in there and get used,” Sanders claimed. “Russia and [President Vladimir] Putin has been incredibly lousy, as far as I know, on local weather modify. They have a ton of oil, oil is important for their overall economy, they make a large amount of cash on oil.”
The pretend Thunberg than tells the senator that he was recruited by the KGB in 1988 when he visited Russia and has since been a “sleeper agent.”
“Now it’s time to wake up and satisfy your mission, turn into president of the United States, develop communism in the United States and function for Russia!” the prankster claimed before Sanders hung up.
The contact is part of the duo’s “Stars Preserve the Earth” project in which they location phone calls to politicians and stars pretending to be Thunberg.
“Many chuckle at Bernie Sanders [and say] that he is a KGB agent and desires to build communism in the U.S. Since he phone calls himself a democratic socialist, we resolved to play up this subject — the subject of Sanders remaining a recruited Russian agent,” Kuznetsov mentioned.
The pair has pranked other U.S. politicians in the latest months. They fooled Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., past year into contemplating he was talking with Turkey‘s defense minister. Graham relayed President Trump‘s desire in economic and armed forces cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey.
Residence Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was a sufferer in 2018 when the radio shock jocks posed as Andriy Parubiy, the former speaker of Ukraine’s parliament. For the duration of the phone, Schiff said he would be eager to settle for information harming to Trump.
The Affiliated Press contributed to this report.