Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, said on his news site recently that he believes the U.S. government “knows a lot more” about the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine than it is telling people.
In an Aug. 7 post to the site Voices of Liberty, Paul suggests that the U.S. may be aware of evidence that Russia is not to blame for the plane being shot down and has decided to keep that information quiet. The headline for the story alleges the government is “likely hiding (the) truth” about the crash.
“The little that we have heard from U.S. intelligence is that it has no evidence that Russia was involved,” Paul wrote. “Yet the war propaganda was successful in convincing the American public that it was all Russia’s fault. It’s hard to believe that the U.S., with all of its spy satellites available for monitoring everything in Ukraine that precise proof of who did what and when is not available.”
The United States has maintained that Russia was, at least, partially responsible for the air disaster that killed 298 people on July 17.
Later in the month of July, U.S. intelligence officials said that Russia could be blamed for “creating the conditions” that led to the plane being shot down, according to The Guardian.
Russia, they claimed, provided the SA-11 anti-aircraft battery to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and trained them to use it. But, they added, Russian personnel may not have been directly involved in shooting down the airliner.
“We do think President Putin and the Russian government bears responsibility for the support they provided to the separatists, the arms they have provided to the separatists, the training that they provided as well and the general unstable environment in eastern Ukraine,” White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes is quoted as saying by the Huffington Post.
But the Russian ambassador to Malaysia denied that separatists in Ukraine had the capabilities to shoot down an airliner flying at such a high altitude.
“The rebels have no means to shoot down a civilian plane. They also do not have the weapon to do so,” she said at a news conference last month.
“What they do have is a portable weapon which can shoot up to 5,000 meters. It is incapable of targeting or shooting a commercial airliner flying at 30,000 feet,” she added, according to Turkish Weekly.
And that is precisely what troubles Paul, who said he believes the United States now has an interest in keeping further findings about the wreck from getting out.
“When evidence contradicts our government’s accusations, the evidence is never revealed to the public — for national security reasons, of course,” he wrote. “Some independent sources claim that the crash site revealed evidence that bullet holes may have come from a fighter jet. If true, it would implicate western Ukraine.
“Too bad we can’t count on our government to just tell us the truth and show us the evidence,” Paul added. “I’m convinced that it knows a lot more than it’s telling us.”
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