Disinfo: US does not provide satellite images to JIT on MH17 case

Summary

US satellites were supposed to “see” the moment of the crash of MH17, however, the information received was classified. And no one really recalls it now.

Disproof

No evidence given. This claim is a part of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Flight MH17 and the Joint International Investigation. You can read similar cases as "Kremlin has nothing to do with an MH17 suspect", "JIT chose to ignore Russian evidence of the MH17 crash" and "MH17: JIT-investigation not interested in truth, Buk belonged to the Ukrainian army". The head of the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) Fred Westerbeke confirmed in an interview with the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, that the United States provided the investigation with highly classified satellite images from the time and place of the MH17 downing. "Yes, we have them. My officer, who has access to the intelligence materials marked "top secret" and "national secret", saw and analysed the United States' satellite data," Westerbeke said. U.S. intelligence also released part of the satellite images data and other evidence of a Russian connection to the downing of MH17 shortly after the incident took place. “It is time for Russia to cease its lies and account for its role in the shoot down,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert in a statement on May 24 2019. “Today’s announcement confirms and adds detail to what we have said from the earliest days of this tragedy: MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missile fired from territory in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia and Russia-led forces.” Read more on Polygraph.info.

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  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/12/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Intelligence services, Donbas, War in Ukraine, MH17
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