The Great Awakening: QAnon

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The Great Awakening: QAnon

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A CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT HAS DESTROYED A FAMILY AND POTENTIALLY INFILTRATED A GOVERNMENT

Captivating and shocking, this investigation into a conspiracy theory movement captured a nations attention when it was revealed to have possible ties to senior politicians.

The far-right political movement known as QAnon has taken off around the world, mobilising a committed band of believers dedicated to fighting what they claim is an ‘online war’ against corrupt, child abusing elites. In the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has declared QAnon a potential domestic terrorism threat.

For one family, QAnon has caused division so severe they had to report their relative, a QAnon conspiracy theorist - to Australia's national security hotline. In a concerning twist, it emerged that this man has had a longstanding friendship with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison - leading to speculation about QAnon and Australia's highest ranks of political power. The Prime Minister’s old friend is an enthusiastic exponent of QAnon’s bizarre conspiracy theory. Now his family are speaking out about his descent into this extreme world view and their fears for him.

What emerges is a portrait of a family in distress, divided by politics and extremist beliefs and a growing sense of alarm. In this gripping story, family members detail their increasing awakening to the powerful hold this extremist movement now has.

Those with experience of QAnon at the highest levels say the conspiracy theory movement needs to be watched very carefully. This program has already sparked a political furore in Australia and an angry rebuke from the Australian Prime Minister.

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