The Ghost Troops of Russia

This is the photo attributed to "Russia" but was taken in Slavansk
This is the photo (from RT) attributed to “Russia” but was taken in Slavansk byfreelancer – Maxun Dondyuk

US and NY Times Caught Faking Russian Troops in Ukraine — The Ghost Troops of Russia


…  by Jim W. Dean     …  and  Press TV,  Tehran

– First  published  April 29, 2014


[ Editor’s Note:  Dear folks, This did well on Press TV, the top read daily story on the 24-hour clock, and it’s number three on the 7-day weekly count, only being up two days, so it struck a nerve. It also had an active comment board, more international there of course, but people can see that other folks on the planet “get it.” Our pushback power we can increase manyfold if we can develop this international cross connection more. The good news is we have power that we have not tapped into. ]


Ghost troops
Ghost troops

The State Department and the NY Times got caught red-handed with faked evidence of Russian aggression in East Ukraine. But the story is now one of a double and maybe a triple hoax.

We became curious at VT with the endless repetition from the US that Russian troops and agents were the tip of the spear on the East Ukraine civic building takeovers.

Why? Because day after day the charges went on and on without any proof being put on the table.

Now mind you, this is after we have had several big intercept releases, which we assume were from Russian intelligence, starting with Victoria Nuland and her potty mouth discussing who was going to be in the post-coup government in Kiev.

This is the same Ms. “Nudlemann” that was shoehorned into a top level State Dept. job some years ago with only four years of college and no diplomatic experience. It is the kind of placement that would catch the eye of counter-intelligence people of someone being planted.

What made her position so strange is that she had started as an assistant to Dick Cheney, so her qualifications were family and Israel Lobby political connections. That she was kept over from the Bush thugs by Obama is still mind boggling, when all the NeoCons should have been cleaned out in the first day security sweep.

From the upper chamber, Baroness Catherine Ashton
From the upper chamber, Baroness Catherine Ashton

And then we had the EU’s Catherine Ashton and the Latvia Foreign Minister talking about the Maidan coup killings, and how everyone knew who had done it, and how nonchalant Ashton was about that news.

Those were major intelligence coups by the Russians to use on YouTube to stake out who the real aggressors were in Ukraine.

The West had their controlled corporate media to help them publicize the endless charges above, using the old tactic of “the offense is the best defense.”

Accuse your opponent with what you are doing, because who said it first always stays imprinted in the public’s mind. But we were expecting some payback from NSA and CIA via releasing some intercepts of their own to show the Russians being caught red-handed.

General Breedlove added his failed spin attempt to this sad record of deception on the American people by releasing outdated satellite-photo “proof” of the Russian offensive build up on Ukraine’s borders, taken a year ago. It was shot down in flames by the Russians, without an S400 being needed.

The Russians would have expected to be blamed for the East Ukraine city takeovers after Crimea, which was a totally different situation, as the troops were already based there with agreements to reinforce in times of threats. So it would not have made sense for the Russians to ruin the clean record they had hitting the “Crimean invasion” slow-ball hype out of the ball park.

The West failed miserably trying to pound that message onto the World public. And the 97% vote count on the referendum put the nails in the coffin of that attempt.


Lavrov - who never gets rattled and no bully routine
Lavrov – who never gets rattled and no bully routine

A pattern emerged of the State Department making charges and the Russians denying. This kept on until we were wondering if someone was trying to bore us all to death.

If the US had proof of Russians on the ground running the protest movement, why was Kerry not putting it out in a Cuban Missile crisis fashion with some updated version of U2 spy plane photos of Soviet missiles there? We could think of nothing to justify holding it except… they didn’t really have anything.

It seems that things came to a head when the Russian Foreign Ministry got tired of making endless denials. Lavrov threw the gauntlet down and demanded the US show its proof. And therein is where the “mis-attributed photo” psyops was born out of need to cover the lies.

YouTube videos and photos on the East Ukraine protests were all over the Internet and we knew that payroll duty Intel workers would be sifting through them carefully with orders to “find us some Russians.” They didn’t.

So now time to fake some. They found a photo of freelance photographer Maxim Dondyuk… a bunch of gnarly-looking militia guys all decked out in combat fatigues and ready-to-do-business gear, including their weapons. Other photos were found in the Ukraine shots with some of the same faces. The question then was what to do with them.

“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.

And the answer was someone decided to add a caption to Dondyuk’s photo that said, “Group photo taken in Russia.” The other photos they had from the protests with some of the same faces, they just circled and presented them with the “Russian” photo as the evidence.

We think some State Department Intel dummies did that. Yes, State does have their own intelligence division, one that is not highly respected for being over-paid and under worked. Their mistake was that the caption was too pat.

No really good psyops guy would have done that. We have some of the best old Cold War here at VT, on both the US and the Russian side with Gene Krushchev, so we know the business inside and out.


U.S. State Department
U.S. State Department

The State Department circulated this to all those involved in pandering the charges, to make them feel they were on solid ground that the meanie Russians were lying.

Because the State Department is filled with dual-Israeli citizens, they like to show they can be valuable in a jam, so they got the photos over to the Israel Lobby’s favorite newspaper for planting stories — other than the Wall Street Journal — the New York Times.

They participated in the scam by not making sure the photo was real, as it was being used as proof the Russians were lying. No major paper would forget to run down the photo, or they would not have run the story. The Times did it because someone they are close to asked them to.

The hoax was up when Mr. Dondyuk saw his mis-attributed photo and put a call into the NY Times pronto. “It was taken in Slavyansk [Ukraine],” he told NYT over the phone. “Nobody asked my permission to use it.” So now it was damage control time, and big outfits like this are not without some experience in that department.

The standard spin, when caught, is to admit that a mistake was made and then never say anything other than that. They will take the sloppiness hit, even being laughed at by other media, but they don’t want to be grilled on whether they orchestrated the hoax.

But here are more clues, like the duplicitous language used by Jen Paski, “individuals who visibly ‘appear’ to be tied to Russia.” The key word is “appear.” They knew when they put this out that it would be taken by the public as “proof,” but she did not say that it proved they were Russians. The language used was carefully crafted for deniability, if needed.

That folks, is run of the mill wordplay deception that governments run on their publics all the time. But what makes this evil, and an attack on the American people by its own government, is that this deception was being used to cover US aggression by framing the Russians so that the people would be primed to support military action, if the US goes that route.

It was a violation of the oath of office that the top people take… “to defend the country against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” These people, who concocted this faked photo story and all their other orchestrated aggressions to pin them on the Russians, are exactly why those words “domestic enemies” were put in the oath.

They crossed over the oath red line and became our enemies. Nuland, Cheney… there is a long list. It is time for others who took that oath to defend us from these domestic enemies. They have attacked us with lies in an escalating war situation. They are not fit to serve. On the contrary… they should be POWs.

Editing:  Erica P. Wissinger



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