Fact-Check Fail: False Kerry & MSM Claims On ‘Russians in Ukraine’

And if we can’t find the images we need ‘somewhere’ we make them up …

Flashback:

FBI Turns Image Of Gaspar Llamazares, A Well Known Spanish Politician, Into A Official Mug Shot Of Osama Bin Laden

Spanish MP’s photo ‘used for Bin Laden poster’ (BBC News)

FBI admits Spanish politican was model for ‘high-tech’ Osama bin Laden photo-fit (Telegraph):

The US state department was forced to withdraw the mocked up photo-image, circulated around the world last week, after the discovery that it was not quite as technically sophisticated as the FBI had originally claimed.

Spanish Politician Gaspar Llamazares, Used In Osama Bin Laden Picture, Rejects US Apology


Fact-Check Fail: False Kerry & MSM claims on ‘Russians in Ukraine’

US State Dept and NYT ‘photo evidence’ case collapses (RT, April 24, 2014):

Pictures presented by Washington and Kiev as evidence of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, and published on Monday by the New York Times, were unverified and in fact contradicted the claims they were to support.

The US State department acknowledged the error and the New York Times back-tracked on its Monday story, which claimed “photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine endorsed by the Obama administration … suggest that many of the green men are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces”.

The proof was this particular picture with an inscription “Group photograph taken in Russia”.

Group photograph taken in Russia
Image from instagram.com @maximdondyuk

Freelance photographer Maxim Dondyuk took the photo.

It was taken in Slavyansk [Ukraine],” he told NYT over the phone. “Nobody asked my permission to use it.

The picture was amongst others Kiev gave the OSCE mission to Ukraine to ‘prove’ Russian involvement in the massive unrest gripping the Donetsk region.

The State Department repeated the claims, citing ‘confirmation’ of Moscow involvement.

“We see in the photos that have been again in international media, on Twitter, publicly available is that there are individuals who visibly appear to be tied to Russia. We’ve said that publicly a countless number of times,” Jen Psaki, State Dept spokeswoman said.

The New York Times eventually published a climbdown Wednesday – ‘Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine’, where it admitted failing to properly verify the Kiev photo dossier.

The NYT also cited the State Dept’s Psaki admitting “the assertion that the photograph in the American briefing materials had been taken in Russia was incorrect”. She explained the picture was only part of a draft packet that wasn’t used by Kerry at the talks.

Psaki then claimed to have other evidence connecting “the Russians and the armed militants” in eastern Ukraine but would not provide details.

2 thoughts on “Fact-Check Fail: False Kerry & MSM Claims On ‘Russians in Ukraine’

  1. Typical US media news…..it is full of trash like this. Pravda at its worst. Disgusting. Why anyone watches it is beyond me, yet many fools who don’t want to face the reality the black president is no man of the people, indeed he has done more to destroy the republic than the man before him…..whom I despised.
    NDAA, and his pet part, proved to me, and any thinking person his motive was to bury the US constitution (he is a specialist in it, used his knowledge to destroy the very document he vowed to protect), and he did with NDAA. If Russia attacks the US, that gives him the excuse to set the NDAA disaster into action, and establish military rule. This could happen by Summer.
    God help us. Nobody else can.

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