The US military paid a UK PR firm over half a billion dollars in the wake of the 2003 Iraq war to create fake terrorist videos in a covert operation probably launched to prolong its occupation, an investigation has revealed.
PR firm Bell Pottinger worked with the Pentagon to make terrorist videos in the psychological operation, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported on Sunday. The Sunday Times also worked with the Bureau on the investigative story.
According to the report, both the White House and General David Petraeus, who was then commander of coalition forces in Iraq, signed off on the content produced by the controversial firm.
Bell Pottinger’s former chairman Lord Tim Bell confirmed to The Sunday Times that his firm had worked on the operation “covered by various secrecy agreements.”
The firm used to report to the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council on the project in Iraq, he stated.