Dragandabic.com – The surreal website of Karadžić is a fake!

By now we all know about a certain Dr Dragan Dabic (aka Radovan Karadžić). It is also a fact that Karadžić worked as a doctor of alternative medicine in the centre of Belgrade. And he even had his own website!

First thought: How weird …  Second thought: Wait a minute… why is there an English translation? Also the headline…

“The Ever Increasing Need for Alternative Viewpoints in the Modern World.”

- shouldn’t it be about medical viewpoints??? Also the rest of the quotes are clearly written with the war criminal in mind:

Behind every able man, there are always other able men.
A wise man makes his own decisions,an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.

An email that starts with “healingwounds@” … give me a break!

I think this page is a big fake! In the Whois directory you can find the following information:

Domain Name: DRAGANDABIC.COM
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.enom.com
Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
Updated Date: 22-jul-2008
Creation Date: 22-jul-2008
Expiration Date: 22-jul-2009

Aha … the page was created yesterday and now everyone seems to “find” the website and is amused about the email address…

BTW: Apparently the real website is this one: http://www.psy-help-energy.com/ – looks very weird as well! (Update: There is also a discussion about a few suspicious things connected to this website!)

Update: In case you are still not convinced that this is a hoax (although international media has also picked up the story eventually) compare this screenshot from July 28 with the screenshot from July 23! You will notice:a separate page in Serbian, more advertising, some esoteric signs and a black and white picture called “dragan-dabic-mladic”…

Update: The International Herald Tribune reveals the background story of the hoaxer here: An online hoax becomes a source about Karadzic:

The hoaxer identified himself as Tristan Dare, and described himself as a “media artist who specializes in masterminding viral ‘guerrilla style’ interactive online performances.” He said he was a “citizen of the world, and currently resides in the global village.” He agreed to be interviewed, but only via e-mail, after being reached at the randomized e-mail address assigned to the person who registered dragandabic.com. His identity could not be confirmed.

He would not speak over the phone, but laid out a chronology of the site’s creation and editing, and had meticulously tracked his viral experiment across the media landscape with a couple of dozen screenshots of news Web sites, from Poland to China to Japan, that referred to the site.

[…]

He said the Internet traffic totals “reached 24,000 by the end of Day 1 (July 22), to 180,000 visitors on Day 2 (July 23).” He added, “In those first two days over 1.6 million files from this one-page site were served to automatic server requests,” which includes not only accessing the site but also viewing or linking to the photos on the site.

Read the complete article here.

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17 responses to “Dragandabic.com – The surreal website of Karadžić is a fake!

  1. Captain Eurotrash

    “I think this page is a big fake!”

    Duh! ;)

  2. Julien Pain

    How did you find the second web site site : http://www.psy-help-energy.com/
    How do we know this one is the right one?
    julien

  3. I don’t know if this the real one since I found the first reference of the page in the same wikipedia article as the fake one. The wikipedia article has been changed in the meantime claiming that the page was down…

    Anyway, the page has also been mentioned in a couple of German newspapers: here and here .

    It also somewhat resembles his business card.

  4. Julien Pain

    I did a domain name look up too, but it seems that the domain has been created in 2006.

    http://whois.domaintools.com/draganbabic.com

    Did I get something wrong?

  5. As far as I know he used the name Dragan Dabic, not Dragan Babic…

  6. Julien Pain

    My bad…
    Thanks !

  7. jose alberto

    todo bandido esconde no esoterismo para tapear a populaçao e a si mesmo
    com o açougueiro dos balcãs

  8. Peter Halferding

    With compliments for the early heads up!
    The hoax has been copied to all kinds of media outlets. Tomorrow the corrections will be in.

  9. Website dragandabic.com is fake!!! It is created on 22 July 2008.

    Website http://www.psy-help-energy.com/
    is real. That was confirmed in Serbian media, and it is also written on his business card:

    And here you may see the address clearly (at B92 Website – Serbian TV):

    http://www.b92.net/info/galerija/zoom.php?nav_category=99&image_id=79758

  10. Good catch. I fell for the hoax. Now I’m laughing even harder than before.

    My compliments to the prankster.

  11. Simple Mistification

    Look here at the ear of Dragan Dabic:

    His ear does not correspond to the ear of Radovan Karadzic from old pictures taken 10-15 years ago

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  13. I think it is also surreal that a Serbian writer, Mirjana Đurđević has written about Karadzic, who was working as a psychiatric doctor in her novel that was even nominated for a Serbian literary prize in 2006. According to the English Wikipedia she is writing science fiction and fantasy.

  14. What about this picture:

    Do you think it is Karadzic? Or could it be a photo of another person?

    The picture is in this article:

    http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/uriks/article3163426.ece

  15. As far as I know he used the name Dragan Dabic