Thursday, May 3, 2018

Reality Check/Ben Swann — Who's Funding The White Helmets?

Part one of an exposé.

More than controlling the narrative. Creating it.

As always, follow the money.

Zero Hedge
Who's Funding The White Helmets?
Reality Check with Ben Swann, Investigative Reporter | TruthInMedia

See also

Fox News
Czech president: Czechs made Novichok, citing spy agency
Associated Press

The UK's intelligence services seem to have lost all remaining credibility, after the Czech President's admission that his country had previously produced a nerve agent similar to the one Britain claims was used against Skripals.

"I think there are problems in and around the English spy agencies, who seem to be quite ready to manufacture evidence, in the case of the Steele dossier, maybe manufacture evidence in the case of the Skripal poisoning. And they are damaging their credibility. It takes a long time to regain credibility if you damage it this severely," political analyst Charles Ortel told RT.
On Thursday, the Czech Republic's president Milos Zeman revealed that his county had previously developed and tested an A-230 chemical agent of the Novichok group, similar to the one which, according to London, was Russia's exclusively and was "highly likely" used by Moscow to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on March 4.
Less than two months ago the State Department hosted members of the White Helmets at Foggy Bottom. At the time, the humanitarian group was showered with praise for saving lives in Syria.

"Our meetings in March were very positive. There were even remarks from senior officials about long-term commitments even into 2020. There were no suggestions whatsoever about stopping support," Raed Saleh, the group's leader, told CBS News.
Now they are not getting any U.S funding as the State Department says the support is "under active review." The U.S had accounted for about a third of the group's overall funding.…
President Trump put a freeze on the $200 million in U.S. funding for recovery efforts in Syria in late March. This freeze means that U.S. support for the White Helmets is not the only project in jeopardy. There are also many other stabilization efforts that are backed by the U.S. -- including the clearing of explosive devices, bringing back electricity, rebuilding schools, and getting water running -- that may end soon.
U.S. officials are working to see if there is a way to adjust existing funding to cover the costs for these projects. They are also trying to get other countries, such as Germany, to cover some of the costs. Earlier this year, at the Brussels for the donor conference for Syria, German Foreign Minister Maas pledged more than $1.1 billion to help people in need in Syria. But as of now, Germany has not officially committed to stepping in beyond this initial commitment....
CBS News
U.S. freezes funding for Syria's "White Helmets"

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