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Author of Wall Street Journal article on 'Wuhan Laboratory' Lied About Iraqi 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'

 Author of Wall Street Journal article on 'Wuhan Laboratory' Lied About Iraqi 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'

On May 23, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled "Intelligence on Sick Wuhan Laboratory Staff Fuels Debate on Origin of Covid-19." Citing anonymous "current and former officials", the article claimed that researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology "visited the hospital in November 2019, shortly before the outbreak" of COVID-19 was confirmed. .

Two days later, on May 25, before the United Nations World Health Assembly, Health and Social Services Secretary Xavier Becerra demanded a "transparent" investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
The next day, May 26, US President Joe Biden asked the "Intelligence Community" to investigate whether the COVID-19 came from "a laboratory accident" and "report to me in the 90's. days".

Author of Wall Street Journal article on 'Wuhan Laboratory' Lied About Iraqi 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'
While presenting evidence of Iraq's suspected arms programs to the UN Security Council, Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial he says may contain anthrax. File photo from February 5, 2003 (AP Photo / Elise Amendola, file)

Reports from NBC, CNN and The New York Times followed. All claimed that "new evidence" presented in the Wall Street Journal article triggered the actions of the Biden government. Within 24 hours of the Journal's report being published , all of these publications declared the Wuhan lab's conspiracy theory to be "credible."
But the article published by the Wall Street Journal - besides being completely unfounded and not presenting anything fundamentally new in terms of "intelligence" - is presented by a lead author who happens to have helped fabricate the lie. deadliest of the 21st century.
The Journal's lead author , Michael R. Gordon, is the same man who, along with Judith Miller, wrote the September 8, 2002 article falsely claiming that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was looking to build a nuclear weapon.
The article, titled "US says Hussein intensifies quest for a-bomb parts", stated that "In the past 14 months Iraq has sought to purchase thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes. US officials believe they were intended to serve as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium ”.

This claim was a lie, forwarded to The Times from the office of US Vice President Dick Cheney.
On May 26, 2004, The Times published a letter from its editors entitled "FROM THE EDITORS: The Times and Iraq", acknowledging that the Times had on several occasions "been caught up in disinformation." The letter notes:

But we found a number of coverage cases that weren't as stringent as they should have been ...
On September 8, 2002, the newspaper's main article was titled "US Says Hussein Intensified Quest for A-Bomb Parts" (US Says Hussein Intensified Quest for A-Bomb Parts). This report concerned the aluminum tubes that the administration insisted on as components for the manufacture of nuclear fuel… it should have been presented with more caution… Government officials were allowed to explain at length why this evidence Iraq's nuclear intentions demanded that Saddam Hussein be removed from power: "The first sign of 'hard evidence', they said, could come from a mushroom cloud."

In a 2005 article by its public editor, The New York Times acknowledged, with respect to Miller's coverage, including the article co-authored by Gordon, that:

Miller is perhaps even better known for her role in a series of Times articles in 2002 and 2003 that strongly suggested that Saddam Hussein already owned or was in the process of acquiring an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. Howell Raines was the editor of The Times at the time , and several articles on weapons of mass destruction featured prominently in the newspaper. Many of these articles were found to be inaccurate.

Polk Prize-winning journalist Robert Parry then commented on Gordon's role in this story:

The famous September 8, 2002 Aluminum Tubing Story, which Gordon co-wrote with Judith Miller, drew on US intelligence sources and Iraqi defectors and was intended to scare Americans with images of 'atomic mushrooms'. they did not support President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq. The timing fitted perfectly within the framework of the government's advertising “deployment” for the Iraq war.

Of course, the story has turned out to be false and unfairly ignored skeptics of the nuclear centrifuge scenario. The aluminum tubes were actually intended for artillery, not centrifuges. But the article gave great impetus to the Iraq war, which ended up killing nearly 4,500 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

Co-author with Gordon, Judith Miller became the only American journalist known to have lost her job due to her reckless and sloppy reporting that contributed to the Iraqi disaster. Gordon, for his part, continued to be a respected correspondent in the Pentagon.

Over the next fifteen years, Gordon continued to mediate fabricated "intelligence" emanating from the White House, the Pentagon, and the CIA.
On April 20, 2014, Gordon co-wrote an article titled "Photos Link Masked Men in Eastern Ukraine to Russia" (Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia), which purported to identify masked men operating in eastern Ukraine in opposition to the coup regime backed by the United States as Russian soldiers on active duty.
Gordon wrote:

Today, photographs and descriptions of eastern Ukraine approved by the Obama administration on Sunday suggest that many of the men in green are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces - similarly equipped as US troops. Russian special operations involved in the annexation of the Crimean region in February.

Four days later, the Times editor was forced to withdraw the claims from Gordon's report, calling them "discredited."

The Times had on the front page of its print Monday edition an article based in part on photographs which the State Department said were evidence of the Russian military presence in the popular uprisings in Ukraine. The headline read: “Photos Link Masked Men to Russia in Eastern Ukraine”.

More recently, some of these grainy photos have been discredited. The Times ran a second article that looks back on the original and asks questions about what the photos are supposed to represent, but hardly discusses how the newspaper may have been misled.

It all sounds rather familiar - the rushed release of something exciting, often based on a leak from the executive. And then, with a sort of 'wake-up call' feeling, here's a more sober, less prominent follow-up article to address objections while not clarifying much ...
And reporter Robert Parry (formerly of Newsweek and The Associated Press) on Consortiumnews.com sees a pattern in the Times articles , often based on government leaks, which "draw difficult conclusions from very obscure evidence while ignoring or ruling out other possible explanations ”.

Summarizing the role played by the media in preparing for the Iraq war, WSWS Editorial Board Chairman David North wrote in “War, oligarchy and the political lie”:

It must be emphasized that the Bush administration did not fool the mass media, on the contrary, they were its accomplices in the deliberate deception of the American people. There was nothing particularly sophisticated about the government's propaganda campaign. Much of what he said was contradicted by both established facts and elementary logic. Even when it was established that the government's claim that Iraq had sought nuclear material was based on grossly forged documents, the media chose not to make this devastating revelation a major topic.

Today the war is over, at the cost of countless thousands of Iraqi lives. The country is in ruins. Much of its industrial, social and cultural infrastructure has been destroyed. Over the past three weeks, US military forces have scoured Iraq for weapons of mass destruction that the government and media could seize to justify war. And what did we find? Nothing.

The "willful deception" on the part of the media regarding "weapons of mass destruction" has been used to prepare for the war in Iraq. Today, the same type of "willful deception" is echoed in the current campaign by the Biden government and the media to promote the claim that COVID-19 originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Just as the lies of 2002 led to the destruction of Iraq and the deaths of over a million people, the current US propaganda campaign against China risks provoking a military conflict on a much larger scale. devastating.

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