New Hacker Video Claims To Show Staged Beheading Footage
John McCain’s sordid history with ISIS, terrorism, and color revolutions has been demonstrated time and time again. However, if a new video released by Ukrainian hacker group Cyber Berkut turns out to be real, McCain’s ties to terrorism and domestic pro-war propaganda have become even more demonstrative.
Only days ago, Cyber Berkut released a video purporting to show the studio creation of one of the famous ISIS beheadings of Western journalists. The video shows a “movie studio” complete with camera and directing crew as well as a small stage set with background and dirt for setting.
On his knees is what appears to be a bald man some are claiming to be Steven Sotloff (although others suggest James Foley); and to his side is another individual dressed in all black with his face covered in the same way as “Jihadi John” in the videos blasted across the television screens of Western audiences during the drum up to the bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria.
The hacker group claims it came into possession of the video by hacking into a device belonging to a member of John McCain’s staff while the Senator was visiting Ukraine.
The group wrote in a description of the video (translated from Russian):
We KiberBerkut received at the disposal of the file whose value can not be overstated! Dear Senator McCain! We recommend you next time in foreign travel, and especially on the territory of Ukraine, not to take confidential documents. In one of the devices of your colleagues, we found a lot of interesting things. Something we decided to put: this video should become the property of the international community.
If the video is real, it should indeed become the property of the international community. At this time, however, the authenticity of the video has not been confirmed. Certainly, Cyber Berkut has a vested interest in seeing both John McCain and US intelligence agencies humiliated and distrusted. After all, Cyber Berkut is considered a pro-Russian hacker organization.
To be clear, however, John McCain’s connections to terrorism and terrorist organizations are by no means fabricated. McCain himself has been photographed with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Abu Sakr, and a number of other jihadist terrorists in Syria. McCain has also made a number of pilgrimages to visit his Nazi friends in Kiev. Indeed, the number of McCain’s crimes in regards to international terrorism and destabilization cannot be understated.
Likewise, it cannot be ignored that there is clear evidence that the videos allegedly showing the beheadings of Western journalists were faked.
While the video released by Cyber Berkut cannot be confirmed as 100% authentic as of yet, the fact that this video might present evidence that these beheading videos were created in a studio and controlled setting is entirely within the realm of possibility and recent historical precedent (see here, here, here, here, and here). Thus, they should not be dismissed without a thorough investigation and appraisal.
If the video is real, it simply adds up to one more piece in the larger puzzle of terrorism and terrorism propaganda that has been created and maintained by the Anglo-American empire for decades.
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