The Pentagon spent millions on fake propaganda videos against Al-Qaeda is has been claimed.
A former PR contractor has claimed that the U.S government payed for fabricated videos to cast Al-Qaeda in a bad light.
As reported in the The Bureau of Investigative Journalism that the company in question, Bell Pottinger worked with US officials at Camp Victory in Baghdad to produce the fake videos during the Iraq war.
It is thought the videos contained fake Arabic news reports, videos of apparent Al-Qaeda bombings and anti-insurgent adverts.
The firm Bell Pottinger was also asked by the U.S government in 2004 to promote democratic elections and they were payed $540 million between May 2007 and December 2011. If the government were conspiring with them to show the war in a one-sided way just how long were they influencing the apparent ‘democracy’ in the Middle East.
The US have always claimed their involvement in the Iraq war was nothing to do with them taking power of the area due to its rich oil reserves, but it is obvious that the U.S was more interested in the goings-on than they ought to have been.
Former chairman for Bell Pottinger has said that all of the material they produced was ‘truthful’.
The covert distribution of CD’S containing the fake news happened in Iran, Syria and the United States. CD’s containing biased propaganda were dropped in war-zones. Former video editor Martin Wells describes in a video how Marines were instructed to plant the CD’s. He says “If they’re raiding a house and they’re going to make a mess of it looking for stuff anyway, they’d just drop an odd CD there,”.
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