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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

"I would like to see some proof": AP reporter challenges State Department's alleged Russia "intel"

In a long overdue, must see moment, on February 3 Associated Press reporter Matt Lee took State Department Spokesperson Ned Price to task over the "evidence" being presented about alleged Russian plans for aggression against Ukraine.

Price begins by saying: "The United States has information that Russia is planning to stage fabricated attacks by Ukrainian military or intelligence forces as a pretext for a further invasion of Ukraine."

Lee is having none of it though and says the State Department narrative sounds like "Alex Jones territory" and repeatedly demands to see any actual evidence of this.

One exchange:

Lee: Where is the declassified information?

Price: I just delivered it.

Lee: No, you made a series of allegations...that's not evidence, Ned. That's you saying it. That's not evidence.

Price: What would you like, Matt?

Lee: I would like to see some proof.

Given the department's history with the "truth" -- from the Gulf of Tonkin to WMD in Iraq -- this is good to see.


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