Disinfo: White Helmets are a “rebranding of Al Qaeda”

Summary

The next chemical attack provocation in Syria is already filmed. [—] The White Helmets are a “rebranding of Al Qaeda”. There is no doubt that the White Helmets are working for Al Qaeda.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the White Helmets. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=

The White Helmets are a volunteer search and rescue group made up of Syrian civilians, which has been attacked by the pro-Kremlin and pro-Assad media on numerous occasions. medium.com/dfrlab/syriahoax-part-two-kremlin-targets-white-helmets-c6ab692d4a21

It was the White Helmets’ footage that documented the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in April, which killed at least 83 people, a third of them children. UN war crimes investigators later concluded the attack was carried out by the Syrian regime. www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/18/syria-white-helmets-conspiracy-theories

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue118
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: false flag, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Provocation, Al-Qaeda, Syrian War, Terrorism

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Rumours of the existence of secret protocols to the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact appeared soon after the pact was signed, but the originals of these “secret additions” have not been found still today

Rumours of the existence of secret protocols to the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact appeared soon after the pact was signed, but the originals of these “secret additions” have not been found still today.

 

Disproof

Recurring disinformation and historical revisionism. The article does mention that in 1989, the Soviet Congress of People's Deputies "condemned these protocols", but fails to state that it also confirmed that the secret protocols were authentic. https://www.lawmix.ru/docs_cccp/1241

The original documents were burned by the Nazis at the end of the war, but a microfilm copy was saved and turned over to British and American authorities, who revealed its contents. For more, read https://www.nytimes.com/1989/12/25/world/upheaval-east-soviet-congress-condemns-39-pact-that-led-annexation-baltics.html

MH17: JIT used fake video to show the missile had come from Russia

Joint Investigation Team on the downing of flight MH17 used doctored footage of a Buk missile being transported on a white truck in order to show that the missile came from Russia, said Nikolai Parshin, chief of the Russian Defense Ministry Main Rocket and Artillery Directorate.

On the video provided by JIT, the images of the truck and “Buk” are collated on the image of a street section. We see that “the right section on the truck’s surface is painted white, while the whole car is in the shadow”, said Parshin.

Also, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, the truck carring Buk missile is moving in the wrong direction in the JIT video.

Disproof

Bellingcat says Russian defense officials have misinterpreted shadows and objects in an attempt to show there was a problem with lighting in videos produced by the Joint Investigation Team.

The Russian side uses images to claim the white part of the cabin of the truck, which, according to the JIT's conclusions, transported a Buk missile system from Russia to Russian-occupied Donbas, shouldn't be visible in shadows. The Buk was used by Russian-led forced to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines Boeing. "…We see the white part of the top of the cabin turns black when it enters the shadow, but the top right part doesn't. But this is based on the idea the top of the truck that goes dark is white, but it's not. It's a dark band that's reflecting sunlight making it look white in the low quality footage, and without the reflecting light, it's much darker," Eliot Higgins, founder of Bellingcat explains. Read more on Unian: https://www.unian.info/world/10264413-bellingcat-founder-russians-misinterpret-shadows-and-objects-in-jit-s-mh17-related-videos.html
Regarding the wrong direction of the truck, Higgins notes that the Russian MoD is correct in saying it's moving in the wrong direction in the JIT animation, but this does not serve as evidence that

one of the photographs is fake, as the location the photograph was actually taken is different. "The camera was facing south, and the Buk is pointing east, which means it's actually travelling in the correct direction, just the JIT animation was wrong. The Russian MoD uses this to falsely claim the photo is fake".

Further debunk by The Insider.

Background:

Ukraine didn’t provide information for the investigation of MH17

Ukraine did not provide information for the investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which indirectly proves its guilt, said Nikolai Parshin, chief of the Russian Defense Ministry Main Rocket and Artillery Directorate.

Disproof

"In the JIT Australia, Belgium, Ukraine, Malaysia and the Netherlands are working together," said the JIT itself in its most recent statement: https://www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-crash/@103196/update-criminal-0/

According to The Insider, Ukraine was fully cooperating with the Joint Investigation Team. Moscow claimed that the JIT ignored evidence provided by Russia and, for that reason, it has refused to cooperate with the investigation.