Biden Admin Lashes Out When Reporters Ask For Proof Of ‘Russian False Flag Attack’ Claim

Two remarkable exchanges took place in which reporters asked prominent Biden officials to provide proof that intelligence was being claimed by the White House. They were instantly accused of believing ISIS and the Kremlin would win over the United States.

The administration on Thursday faced surprisingly tough questioning by reporters over intel claims made regarding the death of an ISIS leader, as well as claims Russia is developing a “false flag attack” as a catalyst for an invasion of Ukraine.

The Biden administration is alleging Russia has been preparing to “fabricate a pretext for an invasion” of Ukraine by creating “a very graphic propaganda video” using crisis actors that could then be used to support a ‘false flag’ operation.

On Thursday, the President Biden also praised a Special Forces Operation that resulted in the death of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader and terrorist organization Islamic State.

An operation that included civilian casualties – including six children and four women – that the White House has blamed on al-Qurayshi for blowing himself up.

Reporters were skeptical of the administration’s claims – and the response from administration spokesmen to reporters asking for evidence of the claims have been incredible.

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Reporters question Intelligence

NPR White House Correspondent Ayesha Raccoe asked Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, about the government account which claimed that ISIS leader blew himself up.

“Jen, will there be any, like, evidence or, like, release to support the idea ― I mean, I know the U.S. has put out its statement that, you know, [ISIS] detonated the bomb themselves,” Rascoe asked Psaki aboard Air Force One. “But will the U.S. provide any evidence?”

A reporter pointed out that it was possible that people are skeptical of recent developments regarding the official administration’s explanations for civilian casualties.

Psaki was taken aback by the question, contesting that anybody could be “skeptical of the U.S. military’s assessment when they went and took out … the leader of ISIS.”

Rascoe said yes to the request, but some people may not believe it.

“That they are not providing accurate information,” continued Psaki, “and ISIS is providing accurate information?”

Rascoe indicated limiting the skepticism to an either/or situation – believing the United States or believing ISIS – isn’t necessarily accurate and it is more about the precision of past official reports.

“Well, not ISIS, but, I mean, the U.S. has not always been straightforward about what happens with civilians,” she told Psaki. “And, I mean, that is a fact.”

This fact is easily demonstrated by recent historical events.

Following a suicide bombing during the botched Afghanistan withdrawal in August, the United States conducted a retaliatory drone strike that killed 10 civilians – including an aid worker and 7 children.

The Pentagon initially stated that the drone strike killed an ‘ISIS-K’ facilitator. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley called a “righteous strike.”

The United States Military admitted to the killing of the civilians and not ISIS terrorists two weeks later. 

So forgive us, Ms. Psaki, if reporters and the general public don’t readily accept the ‘military intelligence’ the administration is feeding the American people.

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Russia, ISIS Convicted Of Sidelining

The same day, Associated Press reporter Matt Lee engaged in a tense exchange with State Department spokesperson Ned Price over the Russian false flag claim, even accusing officials of wading into “Alex Jones territory.” 

Price claimed that Russia was planning to “stage a fake attack” and Lee wanted evidence. Price refused to stop defending his claim that Russia was planning to “stage a fake attack” and Lee demanded proof.

“You have shown no evidence to confirm that … What is the evidence? I mean, this is like ‘crisis actors,’ really?” an exasperated Lee said.

“This is like Alex Jones territory you’re getting into,” he continued. “What evidence do you have to support the idea that there is some propaganda film in the making?”

Price insisted the information had been declassified, but the AP reporter asked: “Okay, well, … where is it? Where is this information?”

A spokesperson for the State Department suggested that a transcription of his previous statements should be sufficient evidence.

“That’s not evidence, that’s you saying it,” Lee responded.”I would like to see some proof that … shows that the Russians are doing that.”

Price then attacked Lee for not just swallowing the government accounts.

“I’m sorry, you don’t like the content,” Price replied. “I’m sorry you are doubting the information that is in the possession of the U.S. government.” 

Lee was then accused of siding with Russia by his questioning.

“If you doubt the credibility of the U.S. government, of the British government, of other governments and want to, you know, find solace in information that the Russians are putting out, that is for you to do,” he said.

Even the Washington Post found the day’s events hard to swallow. Felicia Sonmez, a national political reporter, tweeted the news about the exchanges and the White House’s intelligence reports.

“It’s the job of reporters to ask for proof to back up government statements. Doing so does not mean one believes propaganda put out by U.S. adversaries,” she laments.

“I imagine these officials know that,” Sonmez added. “Are they simply throwing out these accusations in an effort to deter further (questions)?”

Perhaps. This may be true. As of publication, there is no evidence from the government that the ISIS leader has detonated the suicide bomb, or that Russia is creating a false flag in order to invade Ukraine.

That’s not to say they aren’t true and accurate accounts. However, these journalists are correct to point out that no evidence has been provided to support intelligence being released to the general public.

These intelligence reports could be falsified, so it would be fascinating for reporters to continue questioning the administration. ISIS leader’s killing is a prime example.

If al-Qurayshi’s story turns out to be false, then the White House needs to be open for criticism and questions.

It is not hard to believe that there has been a long history. It’s a history that spans well beyond the Biden administration. ‘Weapons of mass destruction’ comes to mind.

To quote Dave Mustaine of Megadeth: “The military intelligence – Two words combined that can’t make sense.”