Hersh noted that there was concern in the West, especially about Stinger shoulder-launched missiles, as they could be used to “shoot down an airplane at considerable height.”
In other words, the west was concerned that these shoulder-launchers could shoot down western civilian planes, either by accident – or, of course, also on purpose, depending in who’s hands they landed.
So the West knew from the very beginning that most of their weaponry – paid for with US, European, UK and other so-called western allies’ tax-payer’s money – ended up on the dark market, often through what is called the “Dark Net”.
Journalist Hersh also said that “CBS wrote a story about it that they were forced to retract.” When asked why the story was withdrawn, the CBS journalists said, “We are on the side of Ukraine. We all hate Russia.”
This referred most likely to a CBS documentary, “Arming Ukraine”, aired in August 2022, in which CBS claimed that only about 30% of military aid actually reached the frontline. This part was removed, as it was taken out of similar reports by BBC and CNN.
People must not know that 70% of the weapons they paid for Ukraine to kill Russians, are going to the black-market, most probably ending up in hands of terrorist groups. They would be so disappointed, and risked no longer supporting their governments anti-Russia stance.
On many occasions, Russian official warned about western supplied arms being smuggled outside Ukraine, causing a severe security risk. Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova estimated in October 2022, the black-market at $1billion per month.
See this for the full interview https://www.azerbaycan24.com/en/west-knows-ukraine-weapons-leaking-to-black-market-seymour-hersh/ and this 6-min video clip by “CRUX” Finland, confirming Russia’s concern of western weapons via black-market feeding world terrorist gangs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01G28A9Vbgo .
There is logic behind the fact that up to 70% of western weaponry ends up on the Dark Net or directly on the black-market being sold to all sorts of potential organizations, no questions asked. Amazing, isn’t it?
And the logic is that the Ukraine army is far from being equipped to absorb and handle these masses of weaponry, some of them highly sophisticated, for which no Ukrainian soldiers were trained. But the West knows all that.
Ms. Donatella Rovera, a senior crisis adviser with Amnesty International, told CBS, “There is really no information as to where they’re [the weapons] going at all. What is really worrying is that some countries that are sending weapons do not seem to think that it is their responsibility to put in place a very robust oversight mechanism.”
Likewise, a US intelligence source told CNN already in April 2022 that Washington has “almost zero” idea what happens to these arms, describing the shipments as dropping “into a big black hole” once they enter Ukraine.
Also, Canadian sources said that they have “no idea” where their weapons deliveries end up.
And so does Europol; they believe that some of these weapons have ended up in the hands of organized crime groups in the EU.
Russian government officials are afraid that many of these weapons are ending up in the Middle East.
According to Transparency International, Ukraine is consistently ranked as one of the most corrupt countries, if not the most corrupt country, in the world.
Let’s jump to another dimension. If the west knew that most of their weaponry, supposedly destined for Ukraine’s war against Russia, will end up on the black-market and find its way eventually to terrorist groups, why did they not stop it, police it, at the borders, make sure that no weapon reaches the Dark Net or the black-market?
Peter Koenig is a geopolitical analyst and a former Senior Economist at the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), where he worked for over 30 years around the world. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for online journals and is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed; and co-author of Cynthia McKinney’s book “When China Sneezes: From the Coronavirus Lockdown to the Global Politico-Economic Crisis” (Clarity Press – November 1, 2020) Peter is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG). He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chongyang Institute of Renmin University, Beijing
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