Bob Parry: US Intelligence Believes Ukraine Behind MH17 Shoot Down
August 6, 2014 • 9:47AM

Noted investigative journalist Bob Parry, who broke the original Iran-Contra scandal and now runs the consortiumnews.com website, has reported that US intelligence officials now believe that it was the Ukrainian government, and not the pro-Russian rebels, who shot down the MH17 flight on July 17. Parry wrote: "Contrary to the Obama administration's public claims blaming eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, some U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that the rebels and Russia were likely not at fault and that it appears Ukrainian government forces were to blame, according to a source briefed on these findings."

He went on to explain that "This judgment...is based largely on the absence of U.S. government evidence that Russia supplied the rebels with a Buk anti-aircraft missile system that would be needed to hit a civilian jetliner flying at 33,000 feet, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity." He added that "Despite U.S. spy satellites positioned over eastern Ukraine, U.S. intelligence agencies have released no images of a Buk system being transferred by Russians to rebel control, shipped into Ukraine, deployed into firing position and then being taken back to Russia. Though the Obama administration has released other images of Ukraine taken by U.S. spy satellites, the absence of any photos of a rebel-controlled Buk missile battery has been the dog not barking in the strident case that Official Washington has made in blaming the rebels and Russia for the July 17 shoot-down that killed 298 people."

Parry pointed out that the Buk missile batteries are easily detectable, as they contain four 16-foot missiles. "If the U.S. intelligence analysts are correct—that the rebels and Russia are not likely responsible—the chief remaining suspect would be the Ukrainian government, which does possess Buk anti-aircraft missiles and reportedly had two fighter jets in the vicinity of Malaysia Airline Flight 17 at the time of the shoot-down."

Parry not only went on to denounce both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry for numerous public pronouncements blaming the rebels and Russia for the incident. He also denounced as "grotesquely deceptive" the attempts to blame rebels for the shelling of civilian population centers in eastern Ukraine that have been carried out by government forces. "The rebels have been resisting what they regard as an illegitimate coup regime that, with the aid of neo-Nazi militias from western Ukraine, overthrew elected President Yanukovych in February and then moved to marginalize and suppress the ethnic Russian population in the east." Parry charged that President Obama is guilty of providing cover for the slaughter of ethnic Russians. "Obama's covering for the Kiev regime is even more outrageous if the U.S. intelligence analysts are right to suspect that Ukrainian forces were behind the Flight 17 shoot-down."