A fake recording of Australia’s federal police commissioner supposedly briefing potential recruits about overthrowing the government has been circulating in conspiracy channels online, alarming authorities.
The Australian federal police are expected to address the alleged fake recording at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
The video purports to show the AFP commissioner, Reece Kershaw, speaking about a secret unit of his force and how Australia’s government could be “dissolved”.
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In the recording, a man claiming to be Kershaw says he had been approached by groups including the army about an intention to “bear arms on the government”, and how governor general David Hurley would be removed and replaced by Teresa van Lieshout – a former political candidate disendorsed by the Palmer United party.
A man has been charged for circulating the recording, the Australian has reported.
More to come.