USA spent over $500 million -based PR company for making propaganda videos that were fraudulent in Iraq, while the war there was at its peak, revealed a former contractor for the company.
Foreign media outlets quoted the ex-contractor who worked with PR business, Bell Pottinger, saying that the Pentagon paid more than half a billion dollars for the generation and dissemination of videos that are bogus that depicted Al-Qaeda in a negative light.
The UK-based business supposedly worked alongside top US military officials in Baghdad at the peak of the Iraq War.
The bureau was tasked with crafting TV segments styled like Arabic news reports, videos of Al Qaeda bombings that appeared to be filmed by insurgents, together with anti-insurgent advertisements.
The videos were created ensuring that people watching them could be tracked by US forces in Iraq. The PR business allegedly created these propaganda videos sometime around 2005 and later.
Former video editor Martin Wells, who worked with Bell Pottinger on the IOTF contract, said they were given very specific instructions on the best way to produce the fake Al Qaeda propaganda films.
Wells said they were instructed on everything relating to videos: everything, encoding and the span, file format.
He said the US Marines would then take CDs featuring the videos while then put them during raids at sites.
“They’d only lose an uneven CD after raiding a house and messing everything inside it while looking for some items,” the former contractor said.
“If they’re raiding a house and they are going to make a mess of it looking for stuff anyway, they’d just lose an odd CD there,” he said.
The CDs were encoded to open when it runs the videos on RealPlayer applications that connects to the Internet, Martin Wells said. An IP address that could then be tracked by US intelligence would be issued by it.
He said the US forces raided areas where they traced someone viewing the videos. “If a person sometime afterwards shows up in another part of the world, then that is the more fascinating thing, which’s what they are searching for more.”