Could these “Russia hacked the 2016 presidential election and President Trump is in collusion with Putin” allegations have been pranks this entire time?
The short answer is no, this was not a long-form April Fools’ Day joke. But this new message from the Russian Foreign Ministry makes us wish they were.
On Saturday, the ministry shared an automated answering machine recording to Facebook offering hacking and election interference, designed with “Russian diplomats” in mind. The minute-long recording is both in Russian and English, with the English version beginning around the 26 second mark.
“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1. To use the services of Russian hackers, press 2. And to request election interference, press 3, and wait until the next election campaign,” the message says. “Please note that all calls are recorded for quality improvement and training purposes.”