Leaked Ashton tape reveals Ukraine sniper plot
EU Foreign Affairs High Representative Catherine Ashton - AFP
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ISTANBUL: A recording of a telephone conversation allegedly between the EU Foreign Affairs High Representative Catherine Ashton and the Estonian Foreign Minister, Urmas Paet, was leaked on the internet and published in a news story by Russia Today on 5 March. The explosive content of the tape sheds new light on the recent events in Ukraine and puts a major dent in the Western media’s representation of the protesters as innocent champions of democracy.

Russia Today reports that the recording was made on 25 February, while the crisis in Ukraine was at a peak. In the conversation, Paet informs Ashton that, far from the picture painted by the Western media, “There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition.” Ashton responds, “I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didn’t pick that up, that’s interesting. Gosh.”

According to Russia Today, which broke the news story, the recording was made and uploaded by officers of the Ukrainian Security Service loyal to President Yanukovych. Russia Today reports that these officers had hacked the phones of Ashton and Paet.

The award winning analyst F William Engdahl revealed in a piece for the trusted independent news site nsnbc that the Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO), an ultra-right wing military organization with ties to GLADIO, was involved with the sniper shootings. If genuine, the leaked tape adds further weight to this allegation. The whole affair goes to show that far from being a popular and democratic uprising against an unpopular President, the crisis that led to Yanukovich being forced to flee the capital was directed by sinister foreign powers pushing their own agendas.

Republished with permission from Aydinlik Daily.

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