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^ Bellingcat, er, Bill the Cat

Navalny poses as a higher ranking ‘apparatchik’ within Russia’s security services, scrambling to understand what went wrong with the plot to murder (himself) with the nerve agent novichok. He (Navalny) ostensibly has reached one of the foot-soldiers (a Russian intelligence services officer, at his home phone) tasked with carrying out Navalny’s assassination (I would have said you can’t make this shit up except for someone clearly did.) The hoax is audacious.

The 1st problem with Navalny’s ‘hoax call’ reported by Bellingcat is the dates. The 2nd problem is Bellingcat is the reporter. Or, you can switch the order, these are co-equal problems, followed by a 3rd problem that is the call itself.

1) The poisoning happened on 20 August, the ‘hoax call’ is made on 14 December, and released by Bellingcat on 21 December. Now, wait a minute. The context of the call, a desperate demand for answers of what went wrong (Navalny didn’t die) for a report to higher up authority, is something you would expect within the first 48 hours, not nearly three months later. By the time this call was made, that dust should have settled and been vacuumed up by Russia’s intelligence services, everyone would have been debriefed by this time, including the target of the hoax call.

2) Bellingcat is an organization on the point of ‘the Russians did it’ (or the Russians should be held responsible, even if they didn’t do it) world information warfare stage from Syria chemical warfare crimes to MH17 to the Skripal poisoning to (now) Navalny (and whatever else escapes my memory at the moment.)

Every reasonably competent intelligence officer from either side of the ongoing state of warfare between the NATO & NATO associated intelligence agencies, and Russia, perfectly assumes Bellingcat is a front for British intelligence, if they are honest, which is forbidden in this case, if you work for Western intelligence (as well, the CIA might easily request a favor from MI6 and its proxy Bellingcat, time to time.) Of course, if you are Russian, it is not permitted in the liberal democracies to believe anything you have to say (whether truthful or not.)

3) The recorded call itself requires you to believe Russian intelligence officers assigned to assassinations are 85 IQ troglodytes in eternal state of drunk or hungover. That works, if you are a Robert Littell (CIA disinformation) spy novel fan or, alternatively, a 007 freak where Russian intelligence operatives, when it comes to assassinations, are so muscle-bound around the head, there is no space left for brains (having all been squeezed out by steroids, obviously.) But the propaganda ploy works for precisely the subliminal stereotype created in the Western media audience; at many levels we all are conditioned (or attempted to be conditioned) to believe the stereotypes.

At 14 minutes in, there are real questions. He’s too slow & dumb (the FSB guy) he should have been wide awake by now, this all seems scripted. Do we know it is actually the Russian officer on the other end? Rather, is it a MI6 or CIA actor? In the very early stages (long before the 14th minute), the ‘Russian’ intelligence officer should have demanded to make the call himself, calling back from a secure phone to his interrogator (after confirming with his own chain of command), at the least. I can’t believe the Russians are without strict protocol training in this regard. The so-called ‘Konstantin Kudryavtsev’ (a real person but certainly not the person in the call) is too stupid, by far, to demand this obviously important security protocol, and that stupidity is covered by the very fact of discussing ‘a secure line’ while posing him as half-awake & consequently ‘snookered.’ But even a hungover and half-awake 85 IQ (if such ever existed in the FSB, not likely) should grasp violating this protocol while running his mouth could find him hung upside down in chains in the basement of the Lubyanka (FSB Headquarters in Moscow) while his bosses decided what would become of him. This raises a related issue; why would someone who’d so famously screwed up a hit still be on the job? The entire business stinks from the beginning.

Then, at 18 minutes in, the ‘Russian’ troglodyte is volunteering via unsecured line a local investigative chief’s phone number to a ‘superior officer’ (Navalny’s alias) that prior to this call he has never even heard of:

It just goes downhill from there…

The concluding question should be, did Nalvany understand he had been talking to a Western intelligence asset/actor? The answer would be “probably not.” Narcissists are brilliant material for intelligence agency manipulations, in this case of Western intelligence engineering (from the outset) Nalvany being of greater value as an information operations asset in Berlin as opposed to a perpetually failed color revolutionary in Russia.

 

Related: Initial impression in the Navalny ‘poisoning’ (22 August)

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^ Not Elliot Higgins, but close enough

OK, so now we have this guy from nowhere (England), described as a ‘one man intelligence agency’, admittedly even without my little bit of antiquated military intelligence experience (or any other professional experience or intelligence training) has founded a crowd sourced investigative journalism site picked up and pushed by American Broadcasting Corporation (a.k.a. ’empire broadcasting’) claiming they’re onto faked photos produced by Russia relating to MH 17.

“”These claims, representing the majority of information publicly presented by the Russian government since the downing of Flight MH17, are a clear attempt by the Russian government to deceive the public, global community, and the families of the Flight MH17 victims,” Bellingcat said in a statement released with the report”

Setting aside “representing the majority of information publicly presented by the Russian government since the downing of Flight MH17″ as clearly not true, let me ask a rhetorical question: If this article were on the up & up, why is it the GCHQ (Britain), NSA (USA) and too many other highly interested, professional intelligence organizations to list here, with an axe to grind in regards to Russia, had failed to discover and announce this marvelous evidence in the roughly ten and one half months since the downing of MH 17?

And to put a bit of perspective into that ‘axe to grind’ .. the head of STRATFOR (a very professional, renown private intelligence agency) calls the regime change in Ukraine “the most blatant coup in history” (I think installing the Shah, the Diem assassination and Allende overthrow were equally blatant coups d’état, but you get his point.) Why hasn’t the ’empire news’ reported on this? Who’s deceiving who?

And some followup questions; why has the USA, despite Russia asking for this specifically, refused to now to release its satellite photos of the time and area MH 17 went down? Why did Kiev air traffic control reroute MH 17 over the combat zone and out of the normal flight path? Why did Kiev’s internal security service confiscate the air traffic control records? Why was Malaysia kept out of the investigation for the initial several months? Why is there a non-disclosure provision per the investigation’s findings?

As well, Bellingcat’s founder has a bit of sorry pre-history, inclusive of two MIT professors shooting down the ‘we know Assad did it’ chemical weapons attack in Syria, leading to a most un-startling conclusion:

“If Higgins is certain that he has cracked the Da Vinci Code of the Syrian chemical attacks, he needs to get on the phone with the Associated Press and the United Nations and set the record straight. Also, he should get a job at MIT.

“We’ve seen several YouTube videos which make strong cases to support the theory that Barack Obama could be a secret space lizard, and yet he refuses (i.e. “has failed”) to disprove this allegation”

Also known as:

Shifting the Burden of Proof (also see Argument from Ignorance.)  “A fallacy that challenges  opponents to disprove a claim, rather than asking the person making the claim to defend his/her own argument. E.g., “Space-aliens are everywhere among us masquerading as true humans, even right here on campus! I dare you prove it isn’t so! See? You can’t! That means what I say is true.”

Which is actually the western democracies approach; in a circumstance of accusing Russia of initiating aggression in relation to Ukraine

This article appended to:

Black Boxes, Dark Arts & Geopolitics

5 June 2015 update: It didn’t take long for a forensic experts on digital images to weigh in and debunk Bellingcat’s bs, here’s an  example at Der Spiegel

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/expert-criticizes-allegations-of-russian-mh17-manipulation-a-1037125.html

article links:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/russia-doctored-photos-shooting-airliner-report-finds/story?id=31432913

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/head-stratfor-private-cia-says-overthrow-yanukovych-blatant-coup-history.html

http://uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2015/01/profile-of-mh17-expert-eliot-higgins.html

http://utminers.utep.edu/omwilliamson/ENGL1311/fallacies.htm

https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/07/19/black-boxes-dark-arts-geopolitics/

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