In a heated exchange between U.S. State Department Spokesman Ned Price and Associated Press writer Matt Lee over Ukraine (below), the journalist pressed the White House on the credibility of evidence the Russian government was orchestrating “false flag operations.”
In response to Price claiming Russia is actively engaging in “disinformation campaigns,” Lee, an Associated Press Diplomatic Writer, follows up: “You made an allegation that they might do that. Have they actually done it?”
Citing no real evidence, which Price continues to do throughout the five-minute exchange, he responds: “What we know, Matt, is what I have just said. That they engaged in this activity.”
The two continue to go back-and-forth, with the State Department spokesman insisting the Biden White House has made reports surrounding Russian activity in Ukraine public before.
“Made what report public,” inquires Lee.
“We told you a few weeks ago that we have information indicating Russia also has already prepositioned a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in Eastern Ukraine, so that, Matt, to your question, is an action that Russia has already taken,” Price responds, again failing to cite concrete evidence.
“No. It’s an action that you say they have taken but you have shown no evidence to confirm that,” responds Lee. “This is like – crisis actors? Really? This is like Alex Jones territory you’re getting into now.”
‘We don’t have a Titanic here,’ Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
‘I don’t consider the situation now more tense than before. There is a feeling abroad that there is war here. That’s not the case,’ said Zelensky. ‘I am not saying an escalation is not possible…(but) we don’t need this panic,’ he added.