Introduction — August 12, 2013
The Reuters report below is as good an example you’ll find of how disinformation can be woven into genuine news reports.
It’s based largely on a report from SITE, an outlet with a history of releasing bin Laden tapes while the alleged “9/11 mastermind” still hadn’t been officially located. Even though his whereabouts was unknown at the time, SITE was still able to obtain bin Laden scoops, often days before established news outlets.
Yet SITE was staffed by only two individuals: Rita Katz and Josh Devon, leading some to suspect that they had links with intelligence.
Interestingly enough, Rita Katz has a history linked with Israeli intelligence. Born in Iraq, where her father was tried and executed as an Israeli spy under Saddam, Katz emigrated to Israel where she obtained a degree in Middle East Studies from Tel Aviv University before relocating to the U.S.
Since then she’s been providing the world with scoops on terror that often seem to work to Israel’s benefit, if only indirectly.
Nor has Katz been hampered by unwelcome publicity. The Reuters report below quotes SITE as its main source without any reference to Katz or her suspected links with Israeli intelligence. Instead, we get what seems on the face of it a standard news report, without any hint that some of the details may have been provided by a suspected Mossad agent.
Al Qaeda claims Eid holiday bombings in Iraq – SITE
Reuters — August 12, 2013
An al Qaeda affiliate said it carried out Saturday’s bombings in Iraq, which killed dozens of people, in response to a government campaign to arrest suspected militants, the SITE Monitoring group reported on Monday.
The statement from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted on Jihadist forums, claimed responsibility for the attacks across Baghdad and in provinces in southern Iraq targeting people celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, SITE said.
It has been one of the deadliest Ramadan holidays in years in Iraq, where Sunni Islamist militants are waging an insurgency against Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government.
In response to mass jail breaks last month claimed by al Qaeda, Iraqi security forces have carried out an “Avenge the Martyrs” campaign to arrest suspected militants.
“They will pay a high price for what they did, and they will not be secure day or night during Eid or other times, so they should watch their footsteps and stop the detention campaigns and cease harming the Sunni clans,” the ISIL statement said according to a SITE translation.
(Reporting by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)