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    'Dark Room': Major Western Media Remove Norway Pedophile Ring Story

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    In late November 2016, Norwegian police made public the arrests of a number of individuals involved in an international pedophile ring, including law enforcement officials, politicians and businesspeople. Major Western media outlets quickly published stories on the arrests – but they have since been removed.

    The police operation, dubbed 'Dark Room', is thought to be one of the largest child sexual abuse cases in Norway's history. In all, 150 terabytes of data, including photos, videos and online chat records, were seized. Norwegian news site The Local reports that Hilde Reikras, the head of the operation, said the material depicted "abuse of children of all ages, including infants," and that some of the accused livestreamed their abuse online and performed atrocities with their own children.

    All of the men arrested reside in Norway, but police confirmed they were investigating one individual living abroad. 

    The investigation was said to have started following tip-offs from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose agents hacked into a dark net site used by the networks. An Associated Press blurb on the arrests was republished by a number of Western media outlets, including ABC, the New York Times and Washington Post, but has since been removed. However, the articles remain accessible via web archive services. 

    Speaking to Sputnik, Janne Ringset Heltne, the police prosecutor heading Operation Dark Room, confirmed the investigations were very real and continuing.

    "This investigation is still ongoing and will be for a long time, as the networks include many people. At this point in time 51 men stand accused, and they will be prosecuted individually." 

    Given the evident legitimacy of the story, why it has been retracted elsewhere is unclear. 

    Sputnik has contacted ABC, the New York Times and Washington Post for comment, and at time of publishing has not received a response from ABC or The Washington Post. A spokesperson The New York Times said the title published "several hundred" wire stories daily online, and these stories are removed as a matter of course after a few weeks.

    Since the story broke, a new and unrelated case of child abuse shook Norway anew, as an elderly man from the city of Bergen was sentenced to eight years in prison for a series of online sexual assaults against children, perpetrated in Norway and the Philippines.


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      Marques rouges
      Usually that means that very special, superior people, are involved...
      But don't quote me on that, there are special laws against breaking that taboo.
    • Nam
      It's all just a coincidence!
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      Amazing. This implies there's something to Pizzagate that they are trying to squelch. Knowledge of high level pedos in one country makes it easier to imagine such in other countries. They don't want the public to go down that road. The western fake news liars media hits a new low.

      It seems more and more that Pizzagate is the reason Assange was murdered.
    • Vera Narishkinin reply tomaxxus(Show commentHide comment)
      maxxus, Assange has not been murdered. He is alive and well and still in the Embassy of Ecuador. See www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/julian-assange-suffering-but-takes-comfort-from-cat-mother-20161
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      maxxusin reply toVera Narishkin(Show commentHide comment)
      Vera Narishkin, this isn't proof of life. What would you do, if after losing one child, the murderers show up, dressed up in fine suits, in this case, perhaps under diplo cover, with NSA dossiers on all your relatives?

      We're dealing with thug gangsters who grabbed Assange out of an embassy. We know their names: Kerry, Obama, May, Correa, Anderson, etc.
    • Vera Narishkinin reply tomaxxus(Show commentHide comment)
      maxxus, His mother knows. Your conspiracy theorists don't.
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      maxxusin reply toVera Narishkin(Show commentHide comment)
      Vera Narishkin, "conspiracy theorists"??? Bwah, ha, ha, ha. Oh, that's rich! Sorry, that dog don't hunt, that dog don't bite, that dog don't bark. Fail.
    • Vera Narishkinin reply tomaxxus(Show commentHide comment)
      maxxus, This obviously describes you:


      People who doubt the moon landings are more likely to be selfish and attention-seeking, according to a study earlier this year.

      Over the course of three online-based studies, researchers at the University of Kent showed strong links between the belief in conspiracy theories and negative psychological traits.

      Writing in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science*, the team explained: 'Previous research linked the endorsement of conspiracy theories to low self-esteem.'

      In the first study, a total of 202 participants completed questionnaires on conspiracy beliefs, asking how strongly they agreed with specific statements, such as whether governments carried out acts of terrorism on their own soil.

      Alongside this, they were asked to complete a narcissist scale and a self-esteem assessment.

      The results showed that those people who rated highly on the narcissism scale and who had low self-esteem were more likely to be conspiracy believers.

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