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MH17 -What Really Happened?

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MH17 Shoot-Down Mystery Deepens since July 17


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By William Boardman -- Reader Supported News

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"Black Boxes Show Shrapnel Destroyed Malaysia Airlines Plane, Ukraine Says"

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That headline in the Wall Street Journal of July 28 creates the immediate false impression that there is new information: shrapnel destroyed plane! Before the headline is over, the WSJ begins backtracking -- "Ukraine Says" -- a reference that yellow-flags a less than credible source. As the story continues, it reveals that there's no actual news here, starting with the sub-head: "Older Flight Recorders on Plane Likely to Provide Limited Data" -- so is there reliable data or not? Then the story reverses direction again, with this riddle-filled lede:

MOSCOW--Ukrainian authorities said Monday that data retrieved from the black boxes aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 showed the plane was destroyed by "massive explosive decompression" caused by shrapnel from a missile.

Moscow? Nothing about the story relates to Moscow, except perhaps the location of the reporter. He does not say where the "Ukrainian authorities" are, and identifies only one: "Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council." The reporter says Lysenko "revealed" the evidence of a missile explosion, although there is little possibility Lysenko has any direct knowledge of the black box contents, since the black boxes have never been in the possession of Ukraine officials.

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The reporter admits he has no news, since the black boxes are in the United Kingdom and the investigators have not confirmed Lysenko's claim. In a sentence as slippery as it is empty, the reporter repeats the official American story: "The U.S. has blamed Russia for providing the Buk missile system to the rebels, a claim that Moscow denies." This is a dog whistle to those who say pro-Russians shot down the plane, but the actual accusation here is only that Russia gave the rebels a Buk missile system, which proves nothing. The possibility of an air-to-air missile goes unmentioned.

The reporter also does not mention that the Ukraine government has the same or equivalent air-to-ground missile systems, provided by Russia when the countries had warmer relations. The reporter stops short of embracing the blame-Russia scenario, but offers no alternative. As a whole, his story illustrates what he fails to say: that almost two weeks after the shoot-down, there is less certainty than ever as to who was responsible.

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