A reporter put serious pressure on on Biden State Department spokesman Ned Price during a press conference over a Biden administration claim that Russia was plotting to manufacture and distribute fake video footage in an effort to create reason to invade Ukraine.
The reporter, Matt Lee of the Associated Press, asked the Biden administration for evidence to substantiate the claim.
The clip of Lee questioning the Biden administrations claims went viral:
Price claimed that the Biden administration has information that “Russia is planning to stage fabricated attacks by Ukrainian military or intelligence forces as a pretext for a further invasion of Ukraine.”
“One possible option the Russians are considering, and which we made public today, involves the production of a propaganda video – a video with graphic scenes of false explosions – depicting corpses, crisis actors pretending to be mourners, and images of destroyed locations or military equipment – entirely fabricated by Russian intelligence,” Price claimed. “To be clear, the production of this propaganda video is one of a number of options that the Russian Government is developing as a fake pretext to initiate and potentially justify military aggression against Ukraine. We don’t know if Russia will necessarily use this or another option in the coming days.”
“And I’m going to get to the next question here, which is: What is the evidence that they – I mean, this is – like, crisis actors? Really?” Lee said after several moments of grilling Price. “This is like Alex Jones territory you’re getting into now. What evidence do you have to support the idea that there is some propaganda film in the making?”