Army Hits Back Against False Claim that Soldiers Died in CIA Op to Nab Election Servers
A retired Air Force three-star general reignited baseless conspiratorial claims about U.S. troops’ involvement in clandestine missions in the wake of the presidential election — claims an Army official said are 100% false.
No Special Forces soldiers were killed while seizing computer servers in Germany as part of a CIA operation after the presidential election. There was, in fact, no mission of the sort.
And members of the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion are not “the Kraken” that an attorney for President Donald Trump said last month she’d be unleashing. The unit is not involved in any post-election missions supporting the White House — a move that would be highly unlikely considering it’s an entry-level training battalion where new soldiers who haven’t yet picked up their military occupational specialty are assigned.
“The allegations are false,” an Army official told Military.com.
McInerney, who served as the Air Force’s assistant vice chief of staff in the 1990s, told Howse he’d heard reports that U.S. soldiers were killed in a CIA-led operation to retrieve ballot servers in Frankfurt, Germany — all of which the Army disputes as false information. He also said the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion was nicknamed “the Kraken,” tying it to a viral hashtag that spread on social media following a Fox News interview with Sidney Powell, who served as a lawyer for retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Without providing proof, Powell said in the interview that there was evidence of widespread voter fraud that could overturn the results of the election, which was called for Vice President Joe Biden. She added that she “was going to release the Kraken,” a phrase from the 1981 movie “The Clash of the Titans.”