When Did a Major Cover-Up Backfire? Here’s What People Had to Say.

You might think you’re clever and you have the wherewithal to pull off a major cover-up, but you just never know what kind of monkey wrench will be thrown into your plans…

And that’s when chaos breaks out and everything blows up in your face.

People on AskReddit talked about when major cover-ups backfired.

Let’s see what they had to say.

1. A bad one.

“The water crisis in Flint.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha had been in touch with the Genesee Department of Health for months about Elevated Lead Levels (ELLs), and they went out of their way to obfuscate the data and make it seem like everything was normal. Dr. Hanna-Attisha brings in a research team from Virginia which shows that the ELLs are correlated with zip codes that recently switched water supplies.

They still ignore/deny what’s happening. Finally, Dr. Hanna-Attisha says “f**k it”, and holds a press conference telling people that their water is unsafe and to stop using it immediately.

A major public health crisis could have been mitigated if the public health officials spent more time doing their job and less time worrying about whether or not it pi**es the governor off.”

2. Whoa.

“Anyone mentioned Joe Michael Singer yet?

And his rich daddy trying to use DMCA takedowns to remove images of his son vio**ntly a**aulting two shop clerks.

Every video that gets taken down, three more spring up.”

3. The incident.

“Ex-UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi paid $175k to have the 2011 pepper spray incident removed from Google search results for the university, which brought the incident back into the public eye and was one of the scandals that eventually led to her resignation.”

4. MK Ultra.

“In 1973 the director of the CIA Richard Helms was worried that the watergate congressional investigations would spill over into investigations into the CIA so he ordered the destruction of all documents related to the MKUltra program.

20,000 documents were incorrectly stored with financial records and were not destroyed. They were later uncovered during an FOIA request and turned over to Congress.”

5. Oops.

“Putin becoming used in millions of memes because the Russian government tried to ban his likeness used in memes.”

6. WWII tragedy.

“Katyn Ma**acre.

Red Army troops during WWII k**led and buried 22,000 Polish officers.

The German Army found this mass grave and asked the local SS Commander if it was his graves. The SS Commander said it wasn’t his graves.

The Red Army though insisted it was the N**is that did it. Boris Yeltsin later admitted to the grave in 1992.”

7. Opened the floodgates.

“Andrew Cuomo and the Covid nursing home d**th issue.

Opened the floodgates for not just criticism of his leadership, but it removed the ability for him to retaliate against the people’s he’s s**ually harassed.”

8. Well, there’s that…

“The Soviet Union trying to say that cChernobyl wasn’t as big a deal as it actually was, while at the same time radioactive clouds were progressing towards Germany, and numerous countries could detect the radiation of dangerous levels.”

9. Do you know about this?

“In 1974, Karen Silkwood was found d**d, as a result of a car crash.

Silkwood was a chemical technician and labor union activist who was about the reveal the safety hazards. Despite drugs found on the scene, the police and coroner didn’t believe the drug claim and went looking for other likely others.

After being informed about d**th threats from her family, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the State Medical Examiner found radioactive contamination in her body.

This prompted an investigation at Kerr-McGee, the company Silkwood was talking about, which reveal the very problems that were about to going to be exposed to the media. Kerr-McGee had to pay up for what was done as they were held liable.”

10. Still dealing with it.

“The response to Covid 19.

PBS has a nice retrospective doc on yYoutube detailing the evidence that the Chinese government knew that had a new SARS-like virus among the public, and all of the lengths they took to forbid any information being shared about it, mostly because they didn’t want to cause any public panic.

Obviously a backfire as it lead to the massive s**t show that was 2020.”

11. Gulf of Tonkin incident.

“The Vietnam War.  Questions about the Gulf of Tonkin incident have persisted for more than 40 years.

But once-classified documents and tapes released in the past several years, combined with previously uncovered facts, make clear that high government officials distorted facts and deceived the American public about events that led to full U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.”

12. High-level.

“Recent examples that come to mind are the m**der of Jamal Khashoggi or the attempted m**der of Alexei Navalny.

In both cases, the m**ders were ordered by the highest levels of government and were attempted to be covered up.

They were both foiled by factors that neither party accounted for and ended up majorly backfiring.”

Have you ever had a cover-up blow up in your face?

If so, tell us about it in the comments.

Thanks a lot!