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State Dept. Questioned over Claims Russia Is Plotting “False Flag” Operation in Ukraine

HeadlineFeb 04, 2022

The Biden administration has accused Russia of fabricating a pretext to invade Ukraine. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Thursday he has evidence the Russian government is planning to stage a “false flag” operation by producing a propaganda video falsely incriminating Ukraine’s military or intelligence forces for attacks.

Ned Price: “A video with graphic scenes of false explosions, depicting corpses, crisis actors pretending to be mourners, and images of destroyed locations or military equipment, entirely fabricated by Russian intelligence.”

The claims drew skepticism from reporters. This is Associated Press diplomatic writer Matt Lee questioning Ned Price.

Matthew Lee: “Crisis actors? Really? This is like Alex Jones territory you’re getting into now. What evidence do you have to support the idea that there is some propaganda film in the making?”

Ned Price: “Matt, this is derived from information known to the U.S. government, intelligence information that we have declassified. I think you know —

Matthew Lee: “OK, well, where is it? Where is this information?”

Ned Price: “It is intelligence information that we have declassified.”

Matthew Lee: “Well, where is it? Where is the declassified information?

Ned Price: “I just delivered it.”

Russia’s foreign minister dismissed the claims as “total disinformation” and once again denied Russia is planning to invade Ukraine.

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