Anatoly Shary, the Ukrainian citizen who started the “312” Investigation (see Ukraine Caught in Third Major Lie? Magic Number 312) has a 1 minute 44 second video update in which he claims to know when and where Kiev made that bogus claim.

Link if Video Does not Play: Я нашел российский БУК

Captions in English

“Each conscious citizen must help the security service of his country. I finally decided to help, once and for all, the Security Service of Ukraine to fins the Buk that, according to the SSU, was moved towards the Russian border, and the fact of its movement became the proof of its Russian origin. The photo of the Buk was published not by me, but by the SSU on its official site. This proof was presented by the SSU even to some [sentence incomplete]. So the photo was made from a video, and the video was filmed at Yasinovataya traffic police checkpoint on March 17. Moreover, I’m so ready to help the Security Service of Ukraine, that will reveal a license plate number of a vehicle, which helped the Buk be transported. The license plate number is AE4483HE. [intense sarcasm coming up] Now I’m awaiting a reward from the Security Service of Ukraine for the fact that I helped expose the Russian spies.”

The video concludes “In order not to be trapped in a bottleneck, you should stop lying“.

This morning at 10:27 RT posted nearly the same collection of material I posted far earlier at 2:51AM (see link at the top).

More intense sarcasm coming up …

As proof I am a Russian spy, paid for and owned by RT, I present Bogus photos of ‘Russian’ air-defense systems in Ukraine debunked by bloggers.

By the way, my real name is not Mish but Misha, and I await a big deposit of rubles as my reward.

Independent Verification

Yesterday the LA Times reported “U.S. intelligence agencies have so far been unable to determine the nationalities or identities of the crew that launched the missile. U.S. officials said it was possible the SA-11 was launched by a defector from the Ukrainian military who was trained to use similar missile systems. But U.S. intelligence agencies have independently verified photos posted to social media last week that show an SA-11 launcher driving toward the Russian border missing at least one missile, the officials said.

Independent verification of  social media? Really?

I suggest the US verify or disprove what Anatoly Shary has to say.

The Mystery of a Ukrainian Army ‘Defector’

Please consider The Mystery of a Ukrainian Army ‘Defector’ by Robert Parry.

Citing the above Parry claims …

That statement about a possible “defector” might explain why some analysts thought they saw soldiers in Ukrainian army uniforms tending to the missile battery in eastern Ukraine. But there is another obvious explanation that the U.S. intelligence community seems unwilling to accept: that the missile may have been launched by someone working for the Ukrainian military.

In other words, we may be seeing another case of the U.S. government “fixing the intelligence” around a desired policy outcome, as occurred in the run-up to war with Iraq.

Fixing Intelligence

Fixing intelligence to a desired view would not be shocking, it would be a given.

That said, I am rather curious about Parry’s allegation “some analysts thought they saw soldiers in Ukrainian army uniforms tending to the missile battery in eastern Ukraine“.

I cannot find any reference to that claim that does not lead back to Parry. Question of the day: precisely what analysts made that claim?

Question aside, I am willing to cut Parry some slack.

As Wikipedia explains Robert Parry is an American investigative journalist best known for his role in covering the Iran-Contra affair for the Associated Press and Newsweek, including breaking the Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare (CIA manual provided to the Nicaraguan contras) and the CIA and Contras cocaine trafficking in the US scandal in 1985. He was awarded the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984. He has been the editor of since 1995.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock