Was captured Canadian general Trevor Cadieu helping NATO run their Biolab No. 1 in Azovstal, Ukraine?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Captured Canadian General Cadieu Was In Charge In NATO Biolab!
The Expose and pro-Russian websites are claiming that captured Canadian general Trevor Cadieu was in charge of a NATO biological warfare lab under the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Ukraine.
The article is very long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!
No Evidence Canadian General Cadieu Was In Charge Of Any Biolab!
This is yet more FAKE NEWS from the notorious fake news website, The Expose, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : A Person’s Name Does Not Change With Travel
A noteworthy element of most fake news is that they are based on “secret” sources that are often fake, or made-up (non-existent).
One of the hallmark of such fake sources is they often get the name of the persons wrong. The Expose tries to pass it off as a translation thing, but that’s just plain stupid.
Trevor Cadieu’s name remains Trevor Cadieu no matter where he is in the world. Just like how Vladimir Putin is called Vladimir Putin all around the world.
Claiming that the Russians call the general “Trevor Kadier” or “Trevor Cadier” is as asinine as claiming that Americans call the Russian President “Vlad Pootin“.
Fact #2 : Trevor Cadieu Did Not Update His LinkedIn Profile
The Expose presented Cadieu’s LinkedIn profile as evidence that he is still employed by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), even though Cadieu and CAF has publicly and separately announced his retirement.
What The Expose (intentionally?) left out is that Trevor Cadieu last used his LinkedIn account more than 3 years ago, when he Liked someone’s comment.
For the benefit of the writer, Rhoda Wilson, the LinkedIn user must manually update his/her employment record before the change is reflected.
It does NOT magically get updated by itself. And before you ask, Rhoda, no – the CAF cannot do it for him.
Fact #3 : No Evidence Cadieu Was Arrested In Azovstal
Cadieu left for Ukraine sometime after retiring from the CAF, to volunteer against the Russian invasion.
To date, there has been no evidence he was arrested by Russian forces while trying to escape from Azovstal on 1 May 2022.
The source for The Expose’s sensational claim does not exist. The writer, Rhoda Wilson, claimed that the 360° report had “disappeared”, even though there was no evidence it even existed in the first place!
Fact #4 : Vzglyad Is A Russian Propaganda Website
The Expose based their sensational claim on two sentences in a Russian propaganda website called Vzglyad. Now, I don’t call Vzglyad a propaganda website out of bias.
Its own former editor-in-chief, Alexander Shmelev admitted it, “it was through us that the toughest propaganda materials passed, as a result of which the word “Vzglyad” itself became negative in blogs and social networks“.
He also shared that articles posted on the Vzglyad website were supervised by Alexei Chesnakov, the deputy head of the internal policy department of the Russian President.
Finally, Vzglyad was placed under the control of the Russian presidency, first through the Institute for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (ISEPI) and then the Expert Institute for Social Research.
Fact #5 : Cadieu Was Promoted To Head Canadian Army
Trevor Cadieu is a Lieutenant-General who was originally slated to take command of the Canadian army in September 2021.
His appointment was suspended amidst “historical allegations” of sexual misconduct, but Cadieu was the top-ranking officer in the Canadian army until his retirement.
It is absurd to claim that he actually heads a small NATO biological lab under the Azovstal steel plant. Think about how stupid it sounds.
Why on Earth would Cadieu go from running the Canadian army of over 100,000 soldiers to managing just 18 scientists in an underground bunker??
Fact #6 : Russia Surrounded Mariupol Since 2 March 2022
While no one really knows where Cadieu is right now, it would be quite impossible for him to enter Mariupol after his retirement on 5 April 2022.
That’s because Mariupol was amongst the first Ukrainian cities to be attacked by Russian forces that completely surrounded it three weeks into the war.
There was no way for Ukrainian civilians and soldiers to leave Mariupol, and no way for anyone to get into the city after it was completely surrounded on 2 March 2022.
By the time Cadieu resigned, the Russians had already captured most of Mariupol, except the massive Azovstal steel plant. It would literally take a miracle for Cadieu to get into the Azovstal plant.
Fact #7 : Cadieu Would Be Useless In Azovstal
Even if it was possible to smuggle him into the Azovstal steel plant in early April, it would be illogical to do so.
What can he do? Pick up a gun and shoot at Russian soldiers like Rambo in the movies?
Take over a biological lab under a steel plant that was being bombarded on a daily basis?
Oh wait – maybe his job was to run into Azovstal, so he can try to escape and get caught by the Russians??
Fact #8 : Civilian Were Evacuated During Several Ceasefires
There were several ceasefires during which small numbers of civilians managed to escape. Cadieu was not amongst them.
It would have been easy for the Russians to pick Cadieu out from the Ukrainian civilians they allowed to leave.
After all, every one of those civilians who were evacuated from the Azovstal bunkers were thoroughly vetted by Russian forces.
Fact #9 : Russians Would Have Paraded Captured Cadieu
If Russian forces did indeed capture Cadieu, they would have paraded him on Russian TV, just like they did with two British volunteers they captured – Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin.
Yet the Russians did no such thing. In fact, the only “sources” of these claims are no-name blogs in Russia, China and Azerbaijan, as well as WhatsApp and Telegram groups.
There is simply no evidence of Cadieu being captured by Russian forces, not even a picture.
Heck, Putin didn’t even mention any captured NATO officer during his May 9 speech, even though it would have greatly helped him prove his narrative that Russia was really fighting against NATO.
Fact #10 : DPR Rep Confirmed Cadieu Not Arrested
Official Russian news agency, TASS, reported on 28 April 2022 that Cadieu “may be holed up” in the Azovstal steel plant.
Their source was Eduard Basurin, the spokesman for the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), who gave no evidence for his claim.
In fact, Basurin appeared to be making up that claim based on the Canadian Defense Ministry announcing that Cadieu had resigned.
As I pointed out earlier, it would be impossible for Cadieu to be present in Azovstal, unless he went AWOL from the Canadian Armed Forces and entered Mariupol before 17 March 2022.
More importantly, Basurin confirmed that Russian forces did not capture Cadieu.
Fact #11 : No Evidence Of NATO Facility Under Azovstal
There is no evidence that any NATO facility called PIT-404, pit_40 or Biolab 1 exists, or ever existed.
These claims were created out of thin air by Russian conspiracy theorists… and a board game called Blackout: Journey into Darkness.
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