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October 04, 2016 12:17
Pentagon paid $540m to create fake terrorist videos!

In a shocking expose, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed, Pentagon paid $540m to a UK-based PR firm to allegedly create fake terrorist videos in Iraq.

According to the Bureau reports, the PR firm Bell Pottinger made "short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee."

The Bureau said that, the firm's former chairman Lord Tim Bell had confirmed, that his firm had worked on a "covert" military operation "covered by various secrecy agreements,".

Bell Pottinger reported to the Pentagon, the CIA and the National Security Council, he added.

Describing his work profile, Wells said to the Bureau, that, "The work consisted of three types of products. The first was television commercials portraying Al Qaeda in a negative light. The second was news items which were made to look as if they had been "created by Arabic TV". Bell Pottinger would send teams out to film low-definition video of Al Qaeda bombings and then edit it like a piece of news footage. It would be voiced in Arabic and distributed to TV stations across the region.

The third and most sensitive programme was the production of fake Al Qaeda propaganda films. I was given precise instructions: "We need to make this style of video and we've got to use Al Qaeda's footage. We need it to be 10 minutes long, and it needs to be in this file format, and we need to encode it in this manner."

US marines would take the CDs on patrol and drop them in the chaos when they raided targets. If they're raiding a house and they're going to make a mess of it looking for stuff anyway, they'd just drop an odd CD there."

"If one, 48 hours or a week later shows up in another part of the world, then that's the more interesting one. And that's what they're looking for more, because that gives you a trail," Wells said.

The Pentagon confirmed that they took help from the PR firm under the Information Operations Task Force (IOTF) to create "truthful" content. The firm also worked under the Joint Psychological Operations Task Force (JPOTF), the bureau said.

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