by Scott Creighton
Russian FSB head Alexander Bortnikov has suddenly announced their ongoing investigation into the downing of Metrojet Flight 9268 shows a “home-made” bomb equipped with high explosives from somewhere “other than Russia” brought down the plane in what he describes as a terrorist act. They’ve offered $50 million US as a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
“According to our experts, a homemade explosive device equivalent to 1 kilogram of TNT went off onboard, which caused the plane to break up in the air, which explains why the fuselage was scattered over such a large territory. I can certainly say that this was a terrorist act,” FSB head Alexander Bortnikov said.
He said tests showed the explosives had been produced outside of Russia, but gave no further details. AP
Russian A321 plane was blown up by homemade explosive device equivalent up to one kg of TNT, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) chief Alexander Bortnikov said…
“For providing evidence that will contribute to the detention of criminals a reward of $50 million will be paid,” the FSB’s public relations department said. TASS news agency
The timing of this announcement is interesting. With the G20 just wrapping up in Turkey as well as the Syrian peace conference that took place just this past weekend, it seems odd that the head of the Russian equivalent of the CIA would come forward with such an ambivalent statement about Flight 9268.
He release no description of the evidence as to where they found residues of high explosives and chose not to comment on the nation of origin of the high explosives themselves which would certainly be useful in determining who set that bomb (if it was in fact a bomb)
Adding to the oddness of this sudden announcement, Russian President Vladamir Putin said just yesterday that they were ‘close” to announcing their findings on the downing of Flight 9268 and that they were in the process of determining the origin of “materials” found in their investigation.
“The study of materials on the case of the crash of the Russian plane in Egypt is at its final stage, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said during a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Turkey’s Antalya on Monday.” TASS, Nov. 16, 2015
Personally, I still think the plane was taken out accidentally by a stray air-to-air missile fired by a fighter jet during the Israeli “Blue Flag” military drill and that the Russia CIA guy is merely covering for the guilty parties in exchange for something. Either something political arraigned by Putin and Lavrov during the meetings with Obama and Kerry this past weekend, or something he arranged personally on the side with vested US and Israeli interests. He certainly wouldn’t be the first Russian bought by US interests and the CIA.
But there you have it. The “official” position by the Russians is that someone (“ISIS”?) bombed that plane and of course, that plays right into the “ISIS ISIS EVERYWHERE!” propaganda line.
Whether or not it’s true is anyone’s guess.