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Pentagon Caught Paying PR Firm $540 Million to Make Fake Terrorist Videos

Published on October 3, 2016 by   ·   No Comments


A new investigation reveals that the Pentagon paid over half a billion in taxpayer dollars to a British PR firm to fabricate terrorist propaganda.

According to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) — an award-winning British nonprofit news agency — General David Petraeus signed off on the creation of the propaganda videos between 2006 and 2008 when he was serving as commander of U.S. armed forces in Iraq. The videos were made to resemble footage of terrorist insurgents appearing in Arabic-speaking news outlets in order to track down the people who watched them.

TBIJ interviewed Martin Wells of the controversial firm Bell Pottinger, who gave an in-depth explanation of how the propaganda videos were made and distributed. Wells, a former freelance video editor, took a job with Bell Pottinger in May of 2006, and was told very little about his assignment until he was told on a Friday afternoon that he would be flying out to Baghdad the following Monday. Wells described his work environment as extremely secretive.

“It was a very secure building,” Wells told TBIJ, describing “signs outside saying ‘Do not come in, it’s a classified area, if you’re not cleared, you can’t come in.’”

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