Sunday, April 02, 2017
A Russian joke on April 1st
This was an official Russian statement, you decide if it was a joke.
In a cheeky bout of April Fools' Day fun, the Russian foreign ministry has posted a proposed voicemail message for its embassy answering machines to help callers seeking Russian hackers or requesting interference in elections.You can call your local Russian embassy or consulate to hear for yourself.
The "pilot" audio was posted Saturday on the foreign ministry's Facebook page among legitimate posts about bilateral discussions with Kyrgyzstan and daily briefings.
The post is billed as an answering machine message, in Russian and English, being tried out for Russian embassies and consulates.
“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording begins. Press 2 “to use the services of Russian hackers,” and 3 “to request election interference.”
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