It is characteristic of Empires (and their intelligence agencies) to believe what they want to hear.
Defectors and people looking for foreign backing to stage a coup in their own country often understand this and play to it. The “45 minute” soundbite which was used to justify the 2003 Iraq invasion in the UK may have been provided by an emigreé taxi driver in Jordan.  Whatever the source – it was a meaningless piece of “information”. Did it relate to ballisitic missiles or battlefield munitions? It didn’t matter – it served the political purpose; which was to deceive the public that Iraq was a threat.
When Verica of the Atrebates tribe asked Rome to help him regain his throne from the Catuvellauni, thus providing them with the pretext for invasion, he probably told them what they wanted to hear about the state of Britain.
Navalny, who has apparently been complaining to the New York Times about having to watch hours of Russian state TV  has said:
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Sooner or later, this mistake will be fixed, and Russia will move on to a democratic, European path of development – simply because that is what the people want