US Officials Admit They Made Up Ukraine 'Chemical Weapons' Scare for 'Info War' on Russia
15:57 GMT 06.04.2022 (Updated: 13:29 GMT 06.08.2022)
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The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has already uncovered Ukrainian plans to stage a 'false flag' chemical attack on its own soil in a bid to draw NATO into the conflict as well as a network of US-funded biolabs developing potential biological weapons.
Three US officials have admitted Washington fabricated the scare story that Russia was preparing a chemical weapons attack in Ukraine.
The unnamed sources told NBC News that "declassified intelligence" was used as propaganda in an "information war", even when President Joe Biden's administration knew the reports were not "rock solid".
The officials claimed the fake news had kept the Russian leadership "off balance" and even served to "deter" Russia from even considering use of chemical warfare agents.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) certified in 2017 that Russia had destroyed its last stockpiles of chemical weapons.
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One former spook said the US claims had the advantage of being hard to debunk.
“There’s no way you can prove or disprove that stuff,” said retired US intel officer Paul Pillar.
Tim Weiner, author of the 2006 history of the CIA Legacy of Ashes, praised the Washington psy-op for drowning out briefings of the Russian Defence and Foreign Affairs ministries on the conflict.
"It's the most amazing display of intelligence as an instrument of state power that I have seen or that I've heard of since the Cuban Missile Crisis," Weiner gushed. "It has certainly blunted and defused the disinformation weaponry of the Kremlin."
The NBC article, which "praises the Biden administration for putting out an intelligence report saying that Russia was about to use chemical weapons even though it turned out to be false", is "ludicrous", says independent journalist and writer Daniel Lazare.
"Basically, NBC is bragging about how eager media outlets are to be manipulated by the CIA. Where they once condemned interference by the intelligence agencies, now they can't get enough", Lazare tells Sputnik.
The journalists stresses that corporate outlets like NBC "are cheering on an information war in which they are the first victim".
"It [NBC] is happy it put out other secret information even though 'confidence in the accuracy of the information wasn't high.' It even lauds intelligence officials for putting out a story about an imminent false-flag attack because, even though false, it supposedly forestalled war long enough 'to get allies on the same page in terms of the level of the Russian threat and how to respond.' Fake news is bad, in other words, except when the intelligence agencies do it, in which case it's good", Lazare says, adding that US news coverage has never been more one-sided than in the weeks since the beginning of Russian military operation in Ukraine, |and this is clearly one of the reasons why".
The Russian MoD has warned that Ukrainian intelligence services are preparing a 'false flag' chemical attack designed to draw NATO into the conflict on the side of Ukraine, with potentially catastrophic consequences. It has also exposed US involvement in biological warfare research in a network of biolabs across the Ukraine.