He used to call himself “Arcangelo Corelli,” but Facebook started hassling him for using a pseudonym, so he changed over to “Pryam Farll.” Facebook evidently was satisfied at the time. Maybe he had ID.
Pryam claimed to be an Old Etonian, an American related to a variety of European royal houses (Britain, Norway, the Netherlands), to have graduated from the University of Colorado, to being a Lieutenant-General in the Marine Corps working in Intelligence, to being very rich, to reading Vladimir Putin’s mail regularly in his professional capacity, to having purchased recently a 17th Century townhouse in Talinn, Estonia and furnishing it with expensive antiques, to have stocked a wine cellar and hired a personal chef. He also claims to be 6′ 5″ tall, irresistible to the ladies, and 67 years old.
Pryam’s more sophisticated FB friends assumed his persona was an elaborate spoof, but found him amusing and entertaining. Pryam used to post profusely and daily on Facebook, taking colorful and reactionary positions, defending Christianity, and predicting WWIII imminently. He disappeared without explanation in late January and has been missing since.
Facebook jail? Assassination by Putin? Health problems or a personal crisis? No one knows.
In my travels through social media, I may haveâ€”by complete accidentâ€”stumbled upon one of the greatest cases of Stolen Valor Iâ€™ve ever seen. I found this guy in the comment threads of a fairly prominent history professor and author, making some rather outlandish claims about not just himself but the geopolitical landscape as a whole.
â€œPryam Farll,â€ the name he uses (he used to go by â€œArcangeloâ€), claims to have the highest of high security clearances and, get this, is a Lieutenant General (who is getting his third star just before retirement) in the United States Marine Corps. His Facebook posts are usually from â€œNATO HQâ€ in Brussels and filled with talks of simulated wargames with Russia because, true story, World War III is just around the corner.
Sounds obviously fake, right? So why even bother to write this up?
One, the guy isnâ€™t stupid. I have seen enough of his writings to realize heâ€™s a sharp dude who has fairly extensive knowledge of the military. This leads me to question whether or not heâ€™s actually in uniform and maybe an assistant to a real General Officerâ€”something that could cause some major issues (more on this at the end, as it goes back to the title of the article).
Two, making this information public allows the magic of crowd-sourcing to happen. Someone in the military community may realize who this is and uncover a bigger problem (also more on this at the end).
So letâ€™s go through his most repeated claims and what my research has shown, then Iâ€™ll offer a conclusion as to why this is important.
-to be a 2 star general officer in the Marine Corps who personally knows GEN James Mattis â€œlike a brotherâ€ (and served with Mattis in Vietnamâ€”despite my inability to find record of GEN Mattis serving in Vietnam).
-to speak and read several languages at a high level of fluency (to include Russian).
-to read the emails of high-level Russian officials (including Putin).
-to regularly hang out with the King of Belgium, Pope Emeritus Benedict (Cardinal Ratzinger), and the Patriarch of Constantinople.
-to have multiple PhDs (plus is a graduate of seminary).
-to be 6â€™ 5â€ tall, an undergraduate of University of Colorado, and is currently 65 years old (as of 30 December 2016).
All of these are â€œfactsâ€ (among others) that he has dropped during numerous conversations on social media while continuing his largest claims that World War III is just around the cornerâ€”something he says he knows because he regularly reads the emails of Russian officialsâ€”and that it will involve collusion between Russians and Chinese forces. In a comment thread he mentioned that China was one of the top issues facing the United States. When asked why, he responded, â€œBecause theyâ€™ve decided with Russia on WW3â€¦. which is why Mattis got this job [of SECDEF]. I read their mail. Every day.â€
When asked why he was saying this on Facebook and whether or not it was classified, he responded by saying that â€œit isnâ€™t classified to say itâ€™s classified.”