Press TV — August 10, 2014
The US may be suppressing satellite images which implicate the Kiev regime in last month’s downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, according to an American political commentator.
Professor James Petras, who has written several books on the Latin America and Middle East, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Saturday, commenting on a statement by former US Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in which he says Washington is “hiding” the truth about the downing of the Malaysia Airlines MH17.
On July 17, the Boeing 777-200 passenger plane crashed in Ukraine’s conflict zone, killing all 298 people aboard. According to US intelligence and military officials, the plane was hit by a Russian SA-series missile launched from eastern Ukraine.
“… US satellite photographs, which are very extensive, very thorough, probably have images that go contrary to its public policies and with its support for the regime in Kiev. The implications are the US doesn’t want the images to become public because they would discredit anti-Russian campaign that’s going on; it would discredit the government in Kiev, and would perhaps arouse the United Nations to call for a full investigation and demand the US turn over these satellite images,” Petras said.
“Furthermore, I think, the US is well-informed on the issue of the shrapnel that has been discovered in the cabin of the downed plane which suggests that a fighter plane or fighter planes were involved in downing the airliner. That would again point [the] finger to the Kiev regime,” he stated.
“So I think the denial of US imagery is a crucial factor in unraveling this controversy,” Petras noted.
In an article published by Voices of Liberty on Thursday, Ron Paul wrote, “The US government has grown strangely quiet on the accusation that it was Russia or her allies that brought down the Malaysian airliner with a buck anti-aircraft missile.”
“It’s hard to believe that the US, 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 former congressman said. “When evidence contradicts our government’s accusations, the evidence is never revealed to the public.”
Professor Petras said, “Ron Paul is in Washington and he’s an elected official. He has access to informants in Washington, including intelligence people that may disagree with [official] policy and find him a useful outlet to get their views expressed. I think he is usually well-informed. He has access to intelligence information. And, I think his making an issue of this is coherent with his general opposition to US militarism and intervention in conflicts overseas.”