Ex-CIA officer turned Q-Anon conspiracy theorist dies of COVID-19 on antivax tour of Florida

Former CIA officer turned Q-Anon conspiracy theorist dies of COVID-19 on anti-vax speech tour of Florida

  • Robert David Steele was a former CIA officer who became a big proponent of conspiracy theories
  • He had become a QAnon supporter and was in the middle of a tour denouncing coronavirus vaccines when he was hospitalized with the virus
  • He has now passed away, his friend Mark Tassi announced on Instagram on Sunday
  • Steele boasted he was the first person to call the coronavirus a hoax
  • He had also claimed that child slaves were sent to Mars, forcing NASA to issue a denial, saying that 5G was a weapons system designed to kill people.


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A former CIA officer infamous for his embrace of conspiracy theories had died of COVID-19 — while on an anti-vax tour of Florida.

Robert David Steele had boasted of being the first person to declare the COVID-19 pandemic a hoax, refusing to believe in the virus until the very end.

Steele was in the middle of his Arise USA! tour the country to “wake up the nation in truth,” promoting his anti-vaccination message and his conspiracy theories.

But he was hospitalized earlier this month after testing positive for the virus, and his death was confirmed by a friend on Sunday.

In his last blog post on August 17, he wrote: ‘I will not be taking the vaccination, although today I tested positive for what they call ‘COVID’, but the bottom line is that my lungs are not working.

“The good news is that I survive on a few days off. I should be up to date again soon.

“This has been a near-death experience, just like a new death experience that the whole country is going through right now.

“We’ll never be the same again because now we know we’ve all been lied to about everything.”

Robert David Steele, who called himself the first person to describe COVID-19 as a hoax, has died from the virus in Florida.  In his last blog post he said his lungs gave out

Robert David Steele, who called himself the first person to describe COVID-19 as a hoax, has died from the virus in Florida. In his last blog post he said his lungs gave out

Steele's last blog post was published on August 17.  His friend announced his death on Sunday

Steele's last blog post was published on August 17.  His friend announced his death on Sunday

Steele’s last blog post was published on August 17. His friend announced his death on Sunday

On Sunday, his friend Mark Tassi, a fellow conspiracy theorist, confirmed his death.  Tassi claimed without evidence that Steele's illness may have been related to the attention his speech had received

On Sunday, his friend Mark Tassi, a fellow conspiracy theorist, confirmed his death.  Tassi claimed without evidence that Steele's illness may have been related to the attention his speech had received

On Sunday, his friend Mark Tassi, a fellow conspiracy theorist, confirmed his death. Tassi claimed without evidence that Steele’s illness may have been related to the attention his speech had received

On Sunday, his friend Mark Tassi, a fellow conspiracy theorist, confirmed his death.

“Robert has passed away, and the whole thing is very suspicious,” Tassi said in an Instagram post.

Tassi claimed without evidence that Steele’s illness may have been related to the attention his speaking engagement had received.

In a 14-minute video, Tassi speculated that Steele was the victim of an “attack” by an “evil faction that will go to great lengths to stop that movement.”

He further claimed that Steele had fallen ill in Florida as part of a plot to undermine Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

He said, “They’re trying to make Florida look bad. Why? Since DeSantis doesn’t go along with the agenda, they focus on Florida. Open your eyes.’

Steele was a former CIA analyst, but in recent years had become a prominent supporter of QAnon and other conspiracy theories.

He began warning that child slaves were being sent to Mars — prompting NASA to issue a denial — claiming that 5G technology was a weapons system designed to kill humans.

He had a history of anti-Semitism and once called for all Jews who are not sufficiently “loyal to the Republic” to be imprisoned, Sin reports.

Steele was also a frequent guest on Alex Jones’ Infowars show.

Steele had enthusiastically embraced conspiracy theories in recent years

Steele had enthusiastically embraced conspiracy theories in recent years

Steele had enthusiastically embraced conspiracy theories in recent years

Steele had embarked on an 'Arise USA' tour of the country to share his anti-vaxx views

Steele had embarked on an 'Arise USA' tour of the country to share his anti-vaxx views

Steele had embarked on an ‘Arise USA’ tour of the country to share his anti-vaxx views

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