Who is Martin Aspen? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Children, Instagram, Net Worth

Martin Aspen Wiki  – Martin Aspen Biography

Martin Aspen is a self-identified Swiss security analyst with a fabricated identity, according to an analysis by disinformation researchers, who also concluded that Aspen’s profile picture was created with an artificial intelligence face generator. He was pushed as the author of a fake “intelligence” document on the right-wing internet, asserting an elaborate conspiracy theory involving former Vice President Joe Biden’s son and business in China as per NBC news.

The 64-page composition document was later disseminated by close associates of President Donald Trump. It appears to be the work of a fake “intelligence firm” called Typhoon Investigations, according to researchers and public documents.

Martin Aspen Age

Martin Aspen’s age is unknown.

Aspen Swiss Security Solutions

Aspen claimed on his LinkedIn profile to have worked for a company called Swiss Security Solutions from 2016 to 2020. Swiss Security Solutions denied having ever employed anyone named Aspen, and it said it had found fake accounts for two other people pretending to have worked for the company.

“Martin Aspen was never a freelancer or worker of the Swiss Security Solutions. We do not know this person. According to our Due Diligence Software, this person does not exist in Switzerland,” Swiss Security Solutions Chairman Bojan Ilic said, adding that the company has reported the profile to LinkedIn.

Aspen Profile Picture was flagged as Computer Generated

The telltale in the fake document was the image of the document author which gained attention from disinformation researchers. A researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Elise Thomas, first spotted telltale signs of a fake photo when she went searching for Typhoon Investigations’ Aspen on the web. Thomas found a Twitter account for Aspen named @TyphoonInvesti1, which had posted a link to Typhoon’s WordPress page that contained the document on Aug. 15.

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The profile picture for Aspen immediately showed signs of being a computer-generated image that can be created by computers and even some websites. Aspen’s ears were asymmetrical, for one, but his left eye is what gave away that he did not really exist. Aspen’s left iris juts out and appears to form a second pupil, a somewhat frequent error with computer-generated faces.

“One of the things he and his team have figured out is that if you layer a lot of these images over the top of one another, the eyes align,” Thomas said. “He did that with this image, and the eyes matched up.”

Other parts of Aspen’s identity were clearly stolen from disparate parts of the web. Aspen’s Facebook page was created in August, and it featured only two pictures, both from his “new house,” which were tracked back to reviews on the travel website Tripadvisor. The logo for Typhoon Investigations was lifted from the Taiwan Fact-Checking Center, a digital literacy nonprofit.

Christopher Balding was one of the document original posters

One of the original posters of the document, a blogger and professor named Christopher Balding, took credit for writing parts of it when asked about it and said Aspen does not exist. According to him, the document was commissioned by Apple Daily, a Hong Kong-based tabloid that is frequently critical of the Chinese government. A spokesperson for Apple Daily confirmed it had worked with Balding on the document.

Besides posting the document to his blog, Balding also promoted it in far-right media. He made an appearance on Bannon’s podcast and on “China Unscripted,” a podcast produced by The Epoch Times, a pro-Trump media outlet opposed to the Chinese government.

Balding is an American who taught economics at China’s Peking University HSBC Business School until 2018. He is often critical of the Chinese government. He made news this year as a source uncovering a global bulk data collection operation by the Chinese company Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology.

Blog posts highlighting the most salacious parts of the document, including articles from the Intelligence Quarterly Blog, Revolver News, and Balding’s blog, received 70,000 public interactions — which includes reactions, comments, and shares — across Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit, according to the social media analysis tool BuzzSumo.

Balding’s blog was the primary driver of virality in conservative and conspiracy communities. The report itself was shared across Facebook and Twitter around 5,000 times, according to BuzzSumo, and more than 80 sites linked back to the blog, which was shared more than 25,000 times on Facebook and Twitter. Hyperpartisan and conspiracy sites like ZeroHedge and WorldNetDaily led the pack.


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