US General Campbell: The ‘Likely’ NBC News Source in its Scandalous False Reporting on the Turkey Coup Attempt

Newsbud sources have identified Former NATO Commander-Retired US Army General John F. Campbell as the ‘likely’ NBC News’ source in NBC’s scandalous false reporting on the Turkey Coup Attempt during the most critical early hours of the failed coup operation.

On July 15, 2016, as an attempted coup unfolded in Turkey, NBC began to report and then circulate widely that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had fled the country by air and was requesting asylum in Germany.  NBC attributed the false report to its senior US military official- MSNBC Producer Kyle Griffin’s tweet stated, “senior US military source tells NBC News that Erdogan, refused landing rights in Istanbul, is reported to be seeking asylum in Germany.” The story has been deleted from NBC and related sites since being debunked. Newsbud sources have identified General Campbell as the likely NBC News’ Senior Military Official source in this strategically broadcasted false story.

On Monday, July 25, the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. sent its official request for public retraction and apology to the relevant divisions at NBC News. A few hours after that, Newsbud’s founder and Editor Sibel Edmonds received direct e-mail communication from the MSNBC Producer involved … Watch the video for related developments and updates in Newsbud’s Campaign #ConfrontNBC.

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Newsbud Breaking News: Turkey Coup Plotters are Members of NATO Rapid Deployable Corps

Former NATO commander ‘behind failed coup against Erdogan’

Newsbud Demands Public Retraction from NBC

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  1. well done . Thats the story !

    • Mandela says:

      What is this world coming to? Hackers are divulging what is really going on in government and even in the DNC. The UK had a referendum on an issue of import to the deep state and somehow were able to have it done with paper ballots that were counted with supervision. Now there are journalists who are demanding that honest reporting replace propaganda. Is a truth trend starting? Could the fourth estate return from the dead? Well, certainly one newsbud is flowering.

  2. Due to the apparent ineptness of the coup I initially and mistakenly leaned toward attributing it to Erdogan as a covert way for him to consolidate his power in Turkey. Thanks, Sibel and Newsbud for accurately analyzing and reporting this story. Detecting the false NBC report and seeking its public retraction is real journalism. This is why I signed up and will continue to support Newsbud.

  3. VoiceOf Arabi says:

    Excellent work and reporting by NewsBud team…..

    Off course, that puts you in the cross-hair of many “lazy” evil doers… so expect the worse, but remember they are bad at what they do, as they never had competition before…

    keep up the good work, and keep fighting, they have more to lose than you guys…

  4. CuChulainn says:

    Phil Giraldi’s latest column repeats Erdogan-did-it theory, but analysis by Philip Armstrong confirms US motivation for helping stage a failed coup–
    Kemalist Turkey is gone…the future structure will take time to evolve and, at the end of the day, it might cover a smaller territory and it may get rather violent. The Turkish Armed Forces have been severely weakened and, with the emphasis on domestic security now predominant, to say nothing of extensive purges of the high command, the time of military adventures in Syria is over. The war against the Kurds will also likely have to wind down.

    this confirms Adm.Türker Ertürk’s earlier comments in Sputnik–
    “They wanted to hit the Turkish Armed Forces out of fear that Turkey, especially after normalizing its relationship with Russia, could hamper the creation of the so-called Kurdish corridor they are trying to set up in the north of Syria. And it’s all part of the ‘Greater Middle East’ project.”

    Hence they try to polarize the key players according to ethnic or religious criteria. And the high-ranking American officials are openly saying: do what you want, but without an attack on the Turkish military; it is impossible to implement the part of the project which involves Turkey. Its purpose was to deliver a fatal blow to the image and influence of the Turkish Armed Forces, who tried to hamper the “revamping of the region in a new way.” It was a success: the Turkish Armed Forces have been practically destroyed. This is why I am saying that the coup has failed but the coup attempt has reached its goal.

    • Olivier says:

      Interesting hypothesis, but leaves me with questions:

      How does the Pentagon’s Erdogan-flees-to-Germany story fit into the CIA-wanted-to-destroy-the-Turkish-army hypothesis?

      If the CIA has been using the Gülen network to infiltrate and/or radicalize Central Asia, and if this is supposed to be a success for the CIA, should we conclude that they cancelled the Central Asia project (Brzezinski) and now focus on the New Middle East project (ie closer to Israël)? If yes, can we verify such a change in focus somewhere else? If no, how important is the Gülenist base in Turkey for the Central Asian penetration? Graham Fuller still thinks it’s worth writing an article about it:
      “The Gulen Movement Is Not a Cult It’s One of the Most Encouraging Faces of Islam Today”

      Is it clear that those that are left in the Turkish army are going to be less opposed to an independent Kurdistan than the ones thrown out? My guess would be they’re not: It’s not like Erdogan has been particularly interested in giving the Kurds some breathing space.

      I think the assumption that NATO wanted to get rid of Erdogan (and vice versa) is still the simplest. That one also leaves some questions, one of which is that apparently Erdogan’s plane was intercepted with the same skill as Atta’s.

  5. So, I guess they are going to try to spur enough division that more fighting takes place in Turkey? Isn’t Turkish authority even more consolidated now? And how will they keep Erdogan and Assad from making amends and buliding alliances due to this mess?

    I don’t fully buy it. Now it is more in Turkey’s, Syria’s, and Russia’s interest to eliminate the American threat, including ISIS. Has Turkey lost any significant physcial prowess in its armed forces? How long would it take to find sutiable replacments? And how do we know continued division will be spurred? Couldn’t this just as easily backfire and bring the non-imprisoned parties together?

    And won’t Turkey be less likely to help ISIS now?

  6. Oh, and by replacements I mean people. Also, why was the state department grooming Tansu Ciller to take over?

  7. thymesup says:

    part of the boycott might /shuld probably be ‘BOYCOTT NBC! ” (for those who still watch. an opportunity to gain many more to newsbud. so, have your contact info in any signs displayed. do you think they’ll et you in the door to talk??? be careful!!!lynn b (they ))??))
    don;t know how many supporters you have and this could frighten them. )

  8. Hi Sibel & everyone, I love what you guys are doing and I’m planning to be there in New York to support you. But just a suggestion: you said earlier in the week you were gonna be in NY on Thurs. Ms. Aguilera’s article, which is on the front page, still says 9am on Thursday. You don’t say until the very end of the video posted above that you’ve changed that and are now going to plan for a later date. If I hadn’t listened to that this afternoon I’d have gotten up at about 4am to drive hours to be in NY tomorrow morning. It might be best to post something put something easier to spot on the front page to let supporters know so that no one ends up driving in unnecessarily. Again, love everything you’re doing. Keep up the great work.

  9. Ribbit-Mark says:

    Excellent work Sibel!
    I would write Mr. Griffin thanking him for the private retraction he gave to you and your supporters but explain that a public retraction is now in order to the millions of NBC followers who we can’t reach but he can.

    You said as much, but I would be more explicit.
    Vamos NewsBud!

  10. CuChulainn says:

    since Sibel has adopted the tactic of the Twitter barrage, with commendable results, let me ask again–will Sibel be so kind as to clarify what she means when she calls Gülen’s schools in central Asia madrasas?

    all over the world Gülen’s schools present the appearance of being western schools, which is their appeal. the Wikipedia entry on the Gülen movement says: “Gülen schools in predominantly non-Turkish Muslim countries provide families with an alternative to madrasa education.” i don’t know anywhere in the world where their schools could be accurately called madrasas. this is another area where Gülen resembles Opus Dei–the use of elite, secular-seeming schools with cultlike religious associations to create networks of influence.

    are the Gülen schools in Central Asia different from elsewhere? or is Sibel just using language dramatically and hyperbolically, as when she calls Gülen an “ayatollah”? if so, it might get in the way of our understanding how the Gülen movement really functions. can she tell us more about these Central Asia Gülen schools?

    • CuChu: Gulen’s Madrasas are part of Gulen-Built Mosques (100s of them). Of course, for the appearance sake, they will put the officials schools as fronts. You have to look at the Mosques- some of them have their grounds (rural ones used as training camp (combat for Chechens,etc.) in addition to offering Madrasa education to pupils. Don’t get blinded too easily. Why do you think so many foundations and sub-organizations under Gulen network??! Official schools, chartr schools, mosques, charities-tied-to-mosques, madrasas tied to mosques, Islamic banks, media sub-organizations, media corporations … I don’t have the time to waste, by re-typing this agin. It will take people years to make a list and analyze all entities owned and operated by Gulen. Until then, I am not a nanny or ever-ready encyclopedia

      • CuChulainn says:

        thanks, Sibel, and thanks Olivier for all the documentation.

        • You are welcome, CuChu. Sorry for being short: in the last 8-10 days I’ve been bombarded with everything Turkey, from Erdogan Gulen. A good analogy for Gulen Network: an octopus. The ‘schools’ are the semi-legit fronts for several other non-legit sub-organizations operated by his network. For example: one may say ‘what’s wrong with building a mosque somewhere,’ and I’d say, ‘Nothing, but much wrong when some of those mosques that include large land/plot are used for combat training of Chechen juhadis (recruited and directed by the CIA).’ The ‘educational’ sessions ran in Gulen mosques are no different than any Madrasas in Pakistan/Afghanistan. But, they will never show CNN footage of those operation centers. They show the front organizations: modern schools with big science labs and impressive libraries.

          • CuChulainn says:

            a friend of mine taught in a Gülen school in Albania, which apparently had the modern exterior, academic “excellence” geared towards exam success and job placement, rigid administration, and deep creepiness of an Opus Dei institution.

            this article re. Daesh training camps in Kosovo alludes to (Gülen?) schools as the first recruitment areas for ISIS: “recruitment… takes in two stages; the first is conducted by non-governmental organizations that operate in Kosovo and at numerous private schools”

            the comparison with Opus Dei is not fortuitous–Louis Freeh was an Opus Dei guy, his brother John a supernumerary at one of their residence halls, similar to those operated by the Gülenists.

    • Olivier says:

      The Dutch tv report that I referenced, doesn’t portray the schools as “Western”, but not as madrasses either, here’s some footage from inside:

      The criticisms they give amount to:
      1. The children are interned: They go to normal school during the day, come to Gülen’s school in the evening, do their homework there (that’s where the Western part stops), and according to anonymous witnesses and presumed experts, the children get indoctrinated to make it their long-term goal to bring the Dutch over to Islam. One eyewitness states that the facade projected to the outside world is very different from what is being taught within the walls. The projected ‘dialog’ ultimately serves the purpose of proselytizing.
      2. The schools only house Turkish children.
      3. Only boys.
      4. When they leave school they are expected to strive for good jobs.
      5. Once they get into position, it is expected that they pay their dues to their alma mater.
      6. If they refuse, they get threatened to do so.

      The report was not made in the context (or presumably any knowledge) of the conflict (to be) between Erdogan and Gülen. The frame is rather that the bearded men are coming for your mama, and now they are doing it the Scientology way. (That’s my words, they use the word ‘sect’, not scientology, but it fits the impression given). Slow moving cars, shady men looking over their shoulders.

      • Olivier says:

        Another thing is that all the businesses interviewed flatly deny being part of the Gülen network, while at the same time having websites that overflow with Gülen references, activities, trips etc.

    • Olivier says:

      The characterization as an ayatollah would correspond to a remark in the report by the murdered Ankara historian Habelmitoglu, which dates back to around 2000 :

      “According to the Fethullah-ists, as one day Khomeini returned to Iran, the Hocaefendi people will also return in glory and sit in Cankaya [the Turkish President’s residence in Ankara]. ”

      Or more specifically the English language summary of that report found here:

  11. Olivier says:

    About the Osman Nuri Gündes memoirs, where he claims that there’s 130 CIA agents in Uzbek and Kyrgyz Gülen schools: There’s a denial published in Gülen’s paper Zaman, which as far as I understand goes as follows:

    In March 1997, a presentation was given at the Turkish Ministry of Education’s department of Private Education Abroad, by a guy who worked at one of the schools, the recorded text of which reads:
    “I would like to deliver two proposals to the esteemed committee [of the Education Ministry on Turkish schools abroad]. First, high-level state officials, ministry officials in particular, should pay more frequent visits to these schools in order to maintain educational activities abroad. The second is that the US granted diplomatic status to 70 teachers it brought to Uzbekistan. If our state and embassy help us on the issue of diplomatic status [for Turkish teachers], we think the respectability of Turkish teachers will increase. We would also be pleased if Turkish Airlines [THY] agrees to help us with a ticket discount for Turkish teachers. ”

    Zaman seems to accept the diplomatic status detail, which I would say is interesting all by itself.

    Then in December 2010, Gündes publishes his book, and Zaman then claims that Gündes based his statement about CIA agents on the above talk and / or seminar, and according to Zaman, Gündes distorted the original text to:

    “The US granted diplomatic status to 70 teachers it brought to Uzbekistan. The majority of US teachers who are now in Uzbekistan with a diplomatic passport are working at schools of the Gülen community. Although they seem to be working as English language teachers, they work for the US intelligence services and continue to serve as agents for the implementation of US policies developed in the Pentagon. English language teaching is just their guise. There are 60 US teachers in Kyrgyzstan as well.”

    I don’t speak Turkish and don’t have the book, so I can’t check whether Gündes claims that his text is the recorded text, or that the recorded text was sanitized, or that he had a private talk from which he got more information, or whether his information came from another event altogether.

    Any Turkish speakers in the audience who have the book?

  12. Olivier says:

    Here’s a quote on the Gülen network’s Central Asian activities found on their own site:

    At the beginning of the 1990s, the movement of Fethullah Gülen grew rapidly, expanding its presence in Central Asia through the support of the successive governments which, after the fall of the Soviet empire, tried to impose Turkey as a new leader in the newly independent Turkic republics – Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The Community founded about 200 schools throughout the world, from Tanzania to China, and mainly in these Turkic republics. The objective was, and still is, to form local elites regarding Turkey as a model. Beyond the strong educational network, the followers of Gülen have built a reputation in the media and even the business at large. Outside the bank Asya Finans that was created to finance projects in the Turkic republics, the community manages the daily newspaper Zaman, the television channel STV (Samanyolu or “Milky Way”), the radio station Burç, and an advertising agency, ISIK. Rather intellectual and available in English, Zaman proposes insightful articles on national and international issues, economy, sciences and new technologies. Finally, ISHAD, the Business Life Solidarity Association, was created in 1993 and based in Istanbul. It pretends not to have any Islamic ideology, even if the majority of its 500 members back Gülen’s educative activities; besides, many have responsibilities in the school boards. They also recognize bonds with the Journalists’ and Writers’ Foundation of Fethullah Gülen. Their objective is triple: to improve the business outside Turkey, to reinforce the structure of the companies-members, and to support the dialogue with the various actors of political and economic life. Like the Gülen movement, they do not acknowledge any political view nor support any party in particular (we will outline Gülen’s views on politics, democracy, secularism, and the West later on this paper).

  13. Olivier says:

    Article below claims to have anonymous sources within MIT:

    “How Turkey invited and then quashed an attempted coup: the inside scoop”

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