“Let’s connect and plan something big”: UN-tied figure offers a QAnon influencer a platform at the organization
A known QAnon influencer participated in a Twitter Space with a figure with ties to the United Nations, who pushed coronavirus conspiracy theories, offered to “plan something big” with the influencer, and suggested he would try to get her a platform with “some key players of the U.N.”
Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman, known online as “Tore,” is a podcaster and supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory. She previously organized her followers to target COVID-19 mandates and harass elected officials over false voter fraud claims, and former Trump attorney Sidney Powell cited Tore's testimony when asking the Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 presidential election. In 2022, Tore unsuccessfully ran for Ohio secretary of state, with her campaign logo including a “Q.”
During the late hours of February 23 and early hours of February 24, a Tore follower and QAnon supporter hosted a Twitter Space and urged multiple QAnon and far-right figures to join and “ask a UN chairman a question.” In the Twitter Space, Tore and other participants spoke with Ali Mustafa, who is listed on the U.N.’s site as “Youth Representative to the UN Department of Global Communications.” Mustafa’s page on the U.N.’s site also notes, “With the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Ali’s role has been of developing partnerships for youth inclusion in UN programs,” and his LinkedIn page lists additional affiliations with the U.N.
During the Twitter Space, Mustafa praised “great people like you [Tore],” suggested that he would promote “Tore’s idea” in his work, and even said that he would try to leverage his position to get Tore and her followers some kind of platform with “some key players of the U.N., like directors or the head of the departments, where you can talk to them directly, where they can listen to you or answer your concerns.” Notably, he offered to potentially give Tore “the floor virtually at the U.N. in April” at a “big youth forum” — seemingly referring to the U.N.’s upcoming Economic and Social Council Youth Forum — because “we need voices like yours to tell the people like, ‘Hey, that’s what's up.’” He also told Tore that he was “all in” on trying to set up some kind of meeting, adding that the two of them could “brainstorm something on that" and “let’s connect and plan something big.” (Following the Twitter Space, both Tore and Mustafa followed each other on Twitter.)
The discussion in the Twitter Space also turned to conspiracy theories, including one speaker asking Mustafa if his day-to-day work at the U.N. had revealed any plans to “reduce the number of new babies per day on Earth.” In response to Tore questioning why hydroxychloroquine wasn’t used as “a remedy” for COVID-19 — which she also called a “crime against humanity” and wondered “what does the U.N. say about this” — Mustafa said COVID-19 is “a scam” and “the biggest human conspiracy of [the] last 200 years.” He went on to seemingly suggest that coronavirus testing, experiments, and vaccines had caused “millions of deaths,” and also said that “there’s no privacy in our life because of the technological advancement and they use these information against us, and that’s how they used this tool during the COVID-19 against the people, the very people who invented the virus.”
Tore’s new connection with a figure tied to the U.N. is part of a larger pattern of the QAnon influencer forming ties with influential figures or institutions. She has previously struck a close relationship with former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, a major election denial figure, who has said he relied on her and her followers to push false voter fraud claims and urged her to collaborate with him. The Twitter Space also comes as multiple far-right figures have been using the feature since Elon Musk officially took over the platform to push conspiracy theories and extremism to a broader audience.