Mark Steele (conspiracy theorist)
Mark Steele (born 1960) is a British conspiracy theorist, best known for his videos alleging that 5G, WiFi and other communication networks are part of a distributed weapon system. He lives in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, which is the focus of much of his activism. Steele describes himself as a "Weapons Expert", claiming to have worked on undisclosed projects for the Ministry of Defence. According to his Facebook profile, Steele has a degree in psychology and social sciences from The Open University.
Mark Steele addressing a crowd at Trafalgar Square in London on 19 September 2020
|Political party||Save Us Now|
|Criminal charge(s)||Unlawful wounding, Possession of a firearm with an intent to endanger life, Illegal possession of ammunition|
|Criminal penalty||8 years|
Promotion of conspiracy theoriesEdit
5G conspiracy theoryEdit
Steele claims that 5G networks are a deadly technology which have killed over 400 people. According to Steele, the 5G telephone network is part of a distributed "Kill Grid" which includes other street-furniture such as lamp-posts. He has repeated claims first disseminated by David Icke, that 5G networks are the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2018, Steele addressed the Democrats and Veterans Party, on the subject of 5G Networks. The video of his speech was widely shared on YouTube. In 2019, he spoke at the "5G Apocalypse event", organised by "Bali-based New Age influencer Sacha Stone". BuzzFeed News and Vice News have reported that Steele and Stone used such events as well as legal defence funds to make money from their followers.
According to Steele, children are being “microwaved in their beds“ by 5G.
Gateshead council trialEdit
Steele's activism has focused on Gateshead council, who he claims are "secretly trialling the technology, causing cancer and microwaving babies in their beds". Steele has also described Gateshead councillors as “baby killers”.
In 2016, Steele began investigating newly installed street-lighting when a neighbour complained that it was causing nosebleeds. Steele became convinced that the street-lights contained 5g technology. Steele claims that the installation of 5G equipment in Gateshead has destroyed the local sparrow population.
Gateshead council issued a statement that, contrary to Steele's claims, street-lighting does not cause cancer. Steele's claims were publicised by the Daily Mail, causing the story to go viral online.
In October of 2018, Steele won a court case overturning a July 2018 "gagging order", which had previously prevented him from blogging his claims on his personal website, but was placed under an injunction to stop him harassing council staff and councillors. However, later in October, Steele was convicted of having made threats against members of Gateshead council in April.
COVID 19 denialismEdit
Steel has promoted conspiracy theories and misinformation linking the launch of 5G Networks in Wuhan, China to the COVID-19 pandemic. Steele describes 5G as "genocide" carried by "the deep state". When asked about links between 5G and coronavirus, Steele told The New York Times: "It's looking a bit suspicious, don't you think?"
On 19 September, Steele claimed that he has “raised tens of thousands” for the anti-mask and anti-lockdown causes, without any evidence to support his claim.
Steele and fellow anti-vaccine campaigner and conspiracy theorist Kate Shemirani have been described as "controlled opposition" by supporters of David Icke and Piers Corbyn, both of whom have distanced themselves from a 19 September 2020 protest.
In 1993, Steele was convicted of the accidental shooting of a teenage girl, who had been hit by a shot from a hand-gun fired by Steele during an argument outside the Redskins Pub, Washington, Tyne and Wear. Steele, who was working as a bouncer at the pub, claimed that he was concerned about his safety and brandished the weapon out of "bravado". In court, Steele admitted to unlawful wounding, possession of a firearm with an intent to endanger life and illegal possession of ammunition. Steele was sentenced to a prison sentence of 8 years. The victim survived with significant paralysis.
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