Any conspiracy theories actually turned out to be true?

Have there been any ‘conspiracy theories’ that were widely considered so for a time, but then turned out actually to be true(I’m thinking along the lines of the fake Cuban terrorism plot, thought of course that never came to fruition)?

Could the Iran/Contra affair have been considered thus?

If so, is there a possibility that any current conspiracy theories could actually be true?

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Depends who you ask.

Microsoft’s attempt at world domination? :rolleyes:


Hmm, was Watergate being whispered about by paranoiacs before it was exposed though?

If a conspiracy theory turns out to be true, then the believers weren’t paranoid.

Well, if we’re narrowing it down to “conspiracy theory espoused primarily by loonies” it’s gonna be a little tougher.

The Lincoln assassination.

OK, how about “conspiracy theories espoused by people who were dismissed as loonies, but turn out to have been vindicated”.

Some African-Americans fervently believed that the CIA was flooding the inner city with drugs. I think most people found that theory to be rather kooky at best. Since then I do believe they’ve discovered that the CIA did in fact have a hand in bringing drugs to the United States to fund some of their activities.


Several years ago, an article in the loony, right wing American Spectator claimed that there was some sort of a sex scandal back in Arkansas involving Bill clinton and a woman named, “Paula.” This isn’t really a “conspiracy,” although presumbly there was an alleged conspiracy to cover up the scandal.

Perhaps we can restate the OP as “Are there any stories that broke in the tabloid press and were dismissed by the mainstream media only to be reported on later?” I can only think of one - the marraige of Lisa Presley and Michael Jackson.

I don’t think the coverup worked… :slight_smile:

ahem The Lincoln assassination.

If I remember correctly, and I’m not sure I do, revolutionary groups in Tsarist Russia often blamed their woes on penetration by Tsarist operatives.

Turns out, many of those revolutionary groups were run by Tsarist operatives. With a little bit of work this weekend I think I can offer some examples.

Here’s a possible example, from this site:

It would appear as if Mr. Richter was incorrect.

There was a lot of resistance to the idea that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were part of the “Atomic Spy Ring.” As Soviet documents continue to be released, it is increasingly apparent that their conspiracy was all to true.

Soviet allegations of reconaissance overflights in the late 50’s/early 60’s were largely dismissed as propaganda–until Gary Powers’ U2 was shot down.

Paula Jones’ accusations have not been proven true. And “presumably” and “alleged” won’t cut it for a conspiracy that:

One conspiracy involving Paula Jones that fits the OP is the fact that at least two of the Arkansas police troopers who had claimed to know of many such “encounters” involving Clinton, were in fact paid for their stories by a member of Richard Mellon Scaife’s “Arkansas Project”, as several loony, left-wing publications had claimed. The star trooper witness, Danny Ferguson, later recanted. Cite 1, Cite 2

I think the “vast right-wing conspiracy” against the Clintons certainly qualifies.

I think a lot of J. Edgar Hoover’s activities as FBI director would qualify. When he was still in power, he was able to dismiss stories that he manipulated crime statistics and local law enforcement, bungled WWII counter-intelligence and organized crime cases, targeted political enemies, harassed people whose social agendas he opposed, and used illegal means to carry out his programs. Since his death, it’s been proven that most of these accusations were true.

Well, people laughed at me when I said lesbianism was on the rise, but every woman I ask out seems to be one, so it must be true!

'50’s radio and payola

The quiz shows WERE fixed

Gus Hall and the American Communist Party WERE receiving $$ and orders from Moscow

Eastern Europeans WERE doping thier athletes (esp. the gals) regularly.

Various college basketball games WERE fixed

There have been millions of $$$ levied against Companies that fixed Prices (Vitamins & Southby’s are 2 famous ones from the last 8 months)