FSB Head Claims “Homemade” Bomb Brought Down Metrojet Flight 9268 – Offers 50 Million Dollar Reward

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

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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.

18 Responses

  1. Then there is this:

    “it is possible to take control of the A321 from the outside, by hacking into the automatic pilot’s software, either through a previously-installed programme, or via a ground-based transmission. By a strange coincidence, from the first seconds that the plane’s chaotic manœuvres were noted, both the transponder and the radio ceased transmitting.”

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article189255.html

  2. When they announced this, Russia also announced they would step up their bombing campaign, which suggested to me this other possible interpretation- the US and Nato are fighting a proxy war against Russia in Syria. The Western powers stage an attack in Paris to justify escalating their role in the proxy war. Russia responds in kind, but rather than staging their own false flag, they label this downing as one- and accompany the announcement with intensified bombing of ISIS. It’s a brilliant chess move really- the US can’t decry Russia’s escalation, because they are supposedly fighting the same people,- though of course they aren’t really- nor can they come out and say it wasn’t an ISIS bomb, because they would have to admit they accidentally shot it down. Further, it’s a subtle f’ you from Russia to the west- as if they are saying, re: Paris- “I see what you did there, well, two can play at that game. “

  3. This announcement would seem to indicated some sort of ‘back room” deal. The Russians must have got what they wanted with out having to spill the beans, as it were. Let’s try to figure out what they’re after in all this madness … something in the Donbas?

  4. I tried posting a comment here, and it seems to have gotten eaten. Weird.

  5. I notice that nobody seems to be pointing out the fact that US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter predicted (nay, threatened, promised) the downing of flight 9268 on Oct 8, 2015. From The Guardian (UK)…

    —Moscow will soon start paying the price for its escalating military intervention in Syria in the form of reprisal attacks and casualties, the US defence secretary has warned, amid signs that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are preparing to counter the Russian move.

    Ashton Carter was talking at a meeting of Nato defence ministers in Brussels on Thursday during which the ministers agreed to increase a Nato response force intended to move quickly to flashpoints…

    …Riyadh’s anger over Vladimir Putin’s intervention was reflected in a statement by 55 leading clerics, including prominent Islamists, urging “true Muslims” to “give all moral, material, political and military” support to the fight against Assad’s army as well as Iranian and Russian forces.

    “Russia has created a Frankenstein in the region which it will not be able to control,” warned a senior Qatari source. “With the call to jihad things will change. Everyone will go to fight. Even Muslims who sit in bars. There are 1.5 billion Muslims. Imagine what will happen if 1% of them join.”— http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/08/russia-pay-price-syrian-airstrikes-ashton-carter-us-defence-secretary

    I believe a general principle of criminal investigation is to treat recent direct threats as suspicious. I would imagine that the “call to jihad” would be somewhat confusing Colombo by now and making him double back to ask for clarification.

    Putin has, on several occasions, announced that anyone (he meant any nation) found assisting the “terrorists” against Russia would be dealt with (on one occasion making a point to single out the potential supply of ManPad equipment to them). So, suppose the investigation turns up the source nation as Saudi or Qatar? Russia invades Afghanistan?

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  7. I notice that nobody seems to be pointing out the fact that US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter predicted (nay, threatened, promised) the downing of flight 9268 on Oct 8, 2015. From The Guardian (UK)…

    —Moscow will soon start paying the price for its escalating military intervention in Syria in the form of reprisal attacks and casualties, the US defence secretary has warned, amid signs that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are preparing to counter the Russian move.
    Ashton Carter was talking at a meeting of Nato defence ministers in Brussels on Thursday during which the ministers agreed to increase a Nato response force intended to move quickly to flashpoints…

    …Riyadh’s anger over Vladimir Putin’s intervention was reflected in a statement by 55 leading clerics, including prominent Islamists, urging “true Muslims” to “give all moral, material, political and military” support to the fight against Assad’s army as well as Iranian and Russian forces.

    “Russia has created a Frankenstein in the region which it will not be able to control,” warned a senior Qatari source. “With the call to jihad things will change. Everyone will go to fight. Even Muslims who sit in bars. There are 1.5 billion Muslims. Imagine what will happen if 1% of them join.”— http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/08/russia-pay-price-syrian-airstrikes-ashton-carter-us-defence-secretary

    I know where Colombo would look.

  8. Hey, Scott, can you see if you can find my comment? Is that possible?

  9. I’ll try again. One possible interpretation is that this is Russia’s response to the false flag attack in Paris. Note that Russia announced this and said they would thus be stepping up their attacks in Syria. Granted that the US and Nato are fighting a proxy war in Syria against the Russians. The West stages an attack in Paris in order to escalate their participation in that proxy war.

    • I found your comments in the “pending” folder and published them. sorry about that. don’t know why Word Press does that sometimes.

    • Russia responds in kind, not by staging their own attack, but by labeling this, which they know to be an accidental shoot down, as an ISIS attack. It’s a brilliant chess move. The US can’t condemn their renewed air strikes, as they are both ostensibly fighting the same enemy, even though they are attacking each others’ proxies, and the US can’t very well say it wasn’t a bomb and admit that they shot it down. It’s also a subtle f’ you to the west, re: Paris as if Putin is saying “I see what you did there, well, two can play at that game.”

  10. I also did not get my comment posted yesterday in this thread.

  11. I’m thinking it’s time to give up the idea that Russia went rogue. I’m back to thinking they are just vying for a better seat at the Big Table, or more likely, just playing a role. It wouldn’t be the first time the powers that be fomented world war to effect big change.

  12. “I can stay silent about many things….” Vladimir Putin

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