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Old 2020-07-04, 02:21   #171
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Default In ‘Russian Bounty’ Story, Evidence-Free Claims From Nameless Spies Became Fact Overnight
Based upon a bombshell New York Times report (6/26/20), virtually the entire media landscape has been engulfed in the allegations that Russia is paying Taliban fighters bounties to kill US soldiers.
The Washington Post (6/27/20) and the Wall Street Journal (6/27/20) soon published similar stories, based on the same intelligence officials who refused to give their names, and did not appear to share any data or documents with the news
This would be troublesome enough, but there are a number of reasons to be skeptical of the veracity of the claims. Firstly, the Times, Post and Journal’s reports are all based on fundamentally untrustworthy actors who refuse to go on the record. Here is a list of all the sources mentioned in the Times report:
  • “According to officials briefed on the matter”
  • “Officials said”
  • “Officials said”
  • “Officials said”
  • “Said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary for President Vladimir V. Putin”
  • “Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, denied”
  • “The officials spoke”
  • “Russian government officials have dismissed such claims”
  • “Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the commander of American forces in Afghanistan at the time, said”
  • “Officials were said to be confident”
  • “Some officials have theorized”
  • “Officials have also suggested”
  • “The officials briefed on the matter said”
  • “Western intelligence officials say”
  • “American intelligence officials say”
  • “American officials say”
  • “Officials briefed on its operations say”
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