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Exhaustive Pentagon Review Finds No Evidence For NYTimes’ “Russian Bounties” Story

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

There’s been huge efforts to validate The New York Times “bombshell” that wasn’t  concerning its summer reporting that Russia secretly offered bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan.

Two months ago the Pentagon vowed to get to the bottom of it, launching a review of all intelligence and sources which might provide corroboration. And now at the end of that investigation Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command overseeing the war in Afghanistan, says the detailed investigation found no corroboration of the story.

Exhaustive Pentagon Review Finds No Evidence For NYTimes' "Russian Bounties" Story

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Recall that from the start the whole thing smelled like a dramatic and desperate last ditch effort to revive the failed Russiagate narrative but in a different form. Multiple intelligence agency heads voiced their immediate skepticism in the wake of the claims linked to unnamed intelligence sources in the CIA.

Gen. McKenzie, told NBC News: “It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me,” adding that, “We continue to look for that evidence. I just haven’t seen it yet.”

The new NBC report, published Monday, finds further:

A U.S. military official familiar with the intelligence added that after a review of the intelligence around each attack against Americans going back several years, none have been tied to any Russian incentive payments.

The suggestion of a Russian bounty program began, another source directly familiar with the matter said, with a raid by CIA paramilitary officers that captured Taliban documents describing Russian payments.

So there it is: the Pentagon did a detailed examination of each and every attack on American troops going back several years and found nothing.

But it’s yet another instance of the initial unchecked and unverified sensationalist claims from deep within the bowels of the Russia-obsessed mainstream going viral. But don’t expect for a moment that this new Pentagon finding that essentially ‘there simply no evidence!’ will receive the same exposure and circulation.

But that’s how propaganda is supposed to work after all.

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Knew from day one that this was hokum.
South Front, I only disagree with the last sentence. This is NOT how propaganda is supposed to work! We are told by many commentators that propaganda is essentially lies. Not so. Propaganda based on lies is weak and when discredited with truth, weakens ALL other propaganda!!! It’s actually exactly how propaganda is not done properly. And that is the reason why more and more people don’t trust the mainstream mass media (an American poll showed that only 8% of Americans trust mainstream sources – shocking eh?) and why their ratings are tanking to very low levels. It is very poor propaganda.

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