Martin Aspen, the author behind a viral phony “intelligence” document about the Vice President’s son that made it to Trump’s inner circle, is not the Swiss security analyst he claims to be. Namely because Martin Aspen doesn’t exist. Even his profile picture is apparently computer-generated.
Per NBC News, the 64-page document appears to be from a fake “intelligence firm” called Typhoon Investigations and its author’s identity is completely fabricated, according to an analysis by disinformation researchers at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. No one by that name has ever worked for the intelligence firm that Aspen cites as his previous employer, the company told the outlet, and a search through public records in Switzerland came up empty too.
Christopher Balding, a blogger and professor who was one of the first to post the document and took partial credit for writing it, confirmed to the outlet that Aspen doesn’t exist. According to Balding, Aspen is “an entirely fictional individual created solely for the purpose of releasing this report.”