MH17 и информационные войны

Грэм Филлипс

Вероятно, ни одна авиакатастрофа в истории не сопровождалась таким количеством дезинформации как рейс MH17,  разбившийся 17-го июля 2014 года на недалеко от города Торез на Донбассе приблизительно в 70 км от Донецка.

Прежде чем было начало какое-либо расследование, сразу же на следующий день 18-го июля Британская газета The Sun кричала «Ракета Путина»
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Но не только The Sun, остальные таблоиды также начали быстро распространять ту же самую историю «сепаратистского» БУКа – The Times объявила 19-го июля  «MH17 разбился в результате того, что мятежники ошибочно сбили не тот самолёт». Для подтверждения была приведена иллюстрация с целым рядом ошибочных данных, в том числе с абсолютно неверным числом пассажиров на борту –

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Сразу же после этого большое значение было уделено сообщению, сделанному в «вконтакте» группой, которая идентифицировала себя как представляющую Игоря Стрелкова, бывшего лидера ополчения Новороссии, претендующая на знание истины относительно сбитого украинского транспортного самолета АН-26. Сообщение появилось в 17:50 (по мск.), ………… и было удалено позже в тот же день, когда появилась более подробная информация.

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Однако Стрелков заявил, что не имеет непосредственного отношения к странице «вконтакте», скорее всего это так наз. «фан-страница» созданная поклонниками. Всё же, учитывая значительные отличия в размерах между самолетами АН-26 – 78 футов, Boeing 777 – 242 фута можно с лёгкостью определить, что это был пассажирский самолёт, поэтому весьма маловероятно, что кто-либо, имеющий отношение к ВСН сделал бы такое заявление. Наиболее вероятно, что кто-то слышал о катастрофе и в погоне за горячей историей, разместил первое сообщение в надежде на эксклюзив.

1mh14Поддержкой полемики о «сепаратистском БУКе» активно занимается агентство «открытой журналистики» Bellingcat. В действительности эту работу ведёт дискредитировавший себя в СМИ, Элиот Хиггинс (справа), манипулировавший и скрывавший информацию во время сирийской войны. Как считается, финансируемый «краудфандингом», но в большой мере всё же связанный с поддержкой  богатых покровителей, Bellingcat смастерил отчёт, основанный на фото и видео, предположительно, найденных в социальных сетях, и в «Paris Match», в этом отчёте намёки, кажется, играли ключевую роль, а немецкий эксперт по судебной экспертизе Йенсом Кризе охарактеризовал  исследование Bellingcat, как «субъективное и полностью не основанное на науке».

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Bellingcat целиком и полностью отстаивал теорию БУКа, через западные СМИ ссылаясь на страницу Википедии о MH17. Несмотря на то, что результаты агентства Bellingcat часто были дискредитированы, западные СМИ продолжают на них ссылаться. Кроме того, Bellingcat никогда не был на месте происшествия.

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Что касается тех, которые продолжают  прокиевскую версию о «сепаратистском БУКе», но кто был на месте крушения – это голландский журналист Йерон Аккерманс (справа), антироссийская позиция которого по всей вероятности связана с полученным ранением во время бомбёжки предположительно российской стороной в Южной Осетии. Он был на месте в ноябре 2014 года, спустя четыре месяца после катастрофы и по видимому, нашёл маленькие фрагменты, которые позже, скорее чудесным образом  после неофициального расследования, превратились в такой фрагмент «БУКа», что даже имел на себе российские маркировки.

И это заключение было сделано после того, как Аккерманс изъял с места катастрофы по собственному желанию то, что он нашел (если Вы, конечно, думаете что он это нашёл) до того как отправить это на неофициальную экспертизу. Однако такие бесчисленные небрежности были пропущены западными СМИ, ликовавшими, если находилось что-то, что они могли назвать «сепаратистским БУКом».

В этой связи было моё сообщение к Аккермансу –

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Затем, совсем недавно, соотечественник Аккерманса, известный тележурналист Руди Боума (слева) опубликовал твит, что глава деревни Роспино, расположенной недалеко от места крушения, ну, в общем, читайте внимательно твит – «власти #ДНР  заменили главу Роспино за проявление сострадания к пострадавшим рейса #MH17, «не спрашивая разрешения».

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Так это есть – заголовки, не основанные вообще ни на одном расследовании, на ошибочно приписанных постах в социальных сетях, на поддельных заключениях, сделанных по фотографиям в журналах, фрагментах либо подброшенных, либо украденных с места, заголовки новостей, основанные на удаленных твитах….

И Вы ещё задаетесь вопросом, почему люди поставлены в тупик  MH17?

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Спасибо за помощь с русского языка – Наташа Фрайтаг

The MH17 Investigation and the Parts they Just Don’t Care About

Graham Phillips (photos by myself, either parts in question, or parts on MH17 site in July 2015, all sent to official investigation as part of this email stream)

Even if your experience of aircraft investigations extends only to watching Aircrash Investigation, you know one thing. Aircrash investigators always want to collect every single part of the plane they possibly can – that’s the only way IMG_3845-MOTIONthey can come to the correct result.

That’s certainly what I thought as I started work on the MH17 site over 9 months ago. Countless pieces found and photographed since, I’ve been collaborating with the official investigation since February of this year, sending them all my reports and relevant photos / videos from site.

On the site extensively over July, a lot came up – from human bones to sizeable parts of flight MH17 – the Dutch-led investigation, based in Amsterdam, were kept apprised of each finding, as I worked alongside journalist Patrick Lancaster, on the MH17 site shortly after the tragedy, on July 17th, 2014.

I’d always adhered to a policy of never removing parts from the site, unlike Dutch journalist who Jeroen Akkermans who decided to start removing parts from site, rather writing to investigators with photos / videos, and location details. However, when out on 1mhc July 22nd questioning local people in the several villages located on the MH17 site, two of them replied that parts of MH17 (pictured) had fallen on their homes, they hadn’t known what to do with them, and thus the pieces of the downed liner were still in their possession.

Both willingly volunteered, and fetched the pieces. One of them, an Air Flow unit (right), was particularly interesting, sheared with signs of 1mhoexplosion all over. I immediately contacted the investigation, with photos – all these emails are as written, with individual names removed, as the investigators asked me to do from the outset –

Hello ….,

Patrick and myself were around the villages MH17 came down in today.

2 homeowners we spoke to had pieces which had fallen on their houses, and they simply didn’t know what to do with them.

Please find photos of them attached. The Air Flow looks like an important part, with visible signs of damage.

I have them with me, and am keen to get them to you as soon as possible.

Best wishes, Graham

The next day I heard back –

Hi Graham

Again thanks for your information. I passed threw the mail to ………@mindef.nl

You had already contact with him

I responded to that the next day –

Thank you,,,,,
 
Obviously I’m keen to get these parts to you as soon as possible. I’ll be in Russia next week, so let me know what you’d like to do.
 

1mhaVery best, Graham

And the next

I have the parts with me, and will be in Russia soon – I’m willing to bring them to you myself, in Amsterdam, if required.

Let me know, best, Graham

The next day, I heard back –

Hello Graham,

Thank you very much for your email.

We appreciate your help with our efforts to support the efforts of our repatriation mission.

Currently we have arrangements with the mayors of Hrabove, Rosznypne en Petropavlivka and fire chief in Torres. They collect and hold all items that are found, i.e. human remains, personal belongings and wreckage of the aircraft until we recover them. So it would be helpful if you could hand them over to any of the above.

Thank you again,

MH17 part1By this time, I was already on the way out of Donbass, almost at the border, travelling to Russia, and had a choice to make. Both the parts were in my possession, and Patrick was able to take them back to Donbass with him, as I went on. However, I simply wasn’t willing to let the Air Flow, which could clearly yield important information, just go to any one of several undefined places, casually mentioned. I replied –

Hello ….,
 
I certainly find your reply surprising. Of the two parts, one, the Air Flow, is key. I was writing to you for several days before receiving a reply. And the reply that I MH17 part2should give the parts to any one of a number of people in a number of places hardly seems adequate.
 
As air investigators, particularly with the results of your investigation due soon, and preliminary reports already leaked, you should want all the parts at once. I even offered to deliver these parts to you myself. As it is, I’ve never heard of any agreement with those people you mention, to repatriate parts to you. Actually the men working on site to collect parts they presumed would be collected by the OSCE, in December, were similarly unaware of that.
 
It’s certainly not something the locals are aware of, if it exists, as you say. In any case, the vague instruction to place an important part in one of several places, showing no real interest in where, nor when you would collect it, is hardly what I’d expect of a proper, thorough airline investigation which will deliver justice for the 298 victims of flight MH17.
 
I’ve tried to believe in your investigation, despite all evidence and reports that the investigation is either corrupt or incompetent.
 
However, i do find the lack of interest in a potential key part to be beyond the pale.
 

I’ve now left Donbass, one part I left there with my colleague Patrick, whom you know, they key part, the Air Flow, I have with me in Moscow. It has remained in my possession all the time, is exactly as i found it.

Let me know how you wish to proceed.

Very best, Graham

I heard this on the same day –

Hello Graham,
 
As I am travelling as well, I have  to discuss your concerns with our backoffice. I will come back to you with a answer latest by Thursday.
 

In the meantime rest assured that we do appreciate your help.

Best,

mh17 parts1I then received this yesterday, August 5th –

Hello Graham,

As promised I would come back to you with an answer regarding the aircraft parts that you have in you possession.

The current arrangement we have in place with the SES and local mayors regarding the collection and storage is working perfectly. I am sorry you have other thoughts and observations. Our agencies are currently working on a plan to recover ( in the coming weeks)  the wreckages that have been collected by the local population. This also includes the parts that you and Patrick still have in your possession.

I will inform you when we have a team on the ground so you can return the item to investigation team.

Again thank you for your help and support.

MH17 partsI responded on the same day – 

Let’s be clear about this, whether by conspiracy or incompetence, you are currently conducting what must surely be the worst major aircrash investigation in the history of the aviation industry. If you do arrive at the truth it will be a miracle rather by design.

Let me hit on the point you make about your current arrangements ‘working perfectly’. This is how ‘working perfectly’ really is –
 
– none of the hundreds of local people I’ve spoken to have ever made any mention of being aware of your arrangement
– you gave no addresses of the several places you listed I could put the pieces, if I chose
– you didn’t give me the names of any contacts there, or how – even if – I should confirm to whom they had been given – what documentation is there, for example, to ensure things are to procedure?
– you didn’t ask where the pieces were found
– the delay in your replying meant that by the time I received note of your intentions I had had to leave for Russia, I took the most significant part with me to Russia, the Air Flow, where I’m keeping it safely, the other is being kept safely back in Donbass, by Patrick.
 
I believe in such an important matter, that everything must be done to protocol. If I have an important part of the plane, you must say –
 
– exactly where I should take it, and who will collect it
– there must be documentation there to confirm everything is to procedure
 
MH17 parts3And it should go without saying, that the matter should be resolved quickly – it’s now 2 weeks since I first contacted you about this. I certainly don’t understand why you would reject my offer to bring the parts to you myself, as a matter of urgency. I would have got on the next plane with them, at my own expense, just to give the investigation the best opportunity of reaching the truth. To do that, of course, you need all the evidence.
 
I note that over recent weeks various leaks have emerged from the investigation, and noises from you, that you are ‘ahead of schedule’ etc, in the run up to October’s first announcement of findings.
 
I find any assertion that your investigation is ‘ahead of’ or even ‘on’ schedule to be confounding. To reach any kind of meaningful result requires the analysis of all significant parts. There are significant parts still left on site, as well as human remains, as myself and Patrick have been informing you of for months.
 
And then, there are all kinds other parts lying all around the site – as in the below photos attached, taken July 18th and 22nd. These have both been posted on my social media sites, which you have informed me several times you follow, as well as yourselves being notified directly either by Patrick, myself, or both.
 
None of this investigation corresponds to anything ‘working perfectly’ – all of it is just an absolute mess. These are parts we were given by local people when we knocked on their doors – how many more parts like this are out there because people are not aware of where to take them?? People have not been made aware.
 
I won’t be back in Donbass until September. Please let me know how I can convey the Air Flow part to you, and Patrick, with a part of the plane’s body in his possession, is equally keen. Both of us will demand that everything is done to proper practice and protocol – the 298 victims of MH17 deserve no less, and they deserve a lot better than this.
 
I reserve the right to republish parts of our correspondence on my site, the Truth Speaker. I await instructions on what to do with the Air Flow.
 

I’m deeply disappointed in this entire experience. MH17 was a tragedy, a botched investigation blaming the wrong people, will be another one.

What else can you say to an investigation that doesn’t really want parts of the plane it’s investigating?