Before last week, the last people to hear this audio were U.S. soldiers in the jungles of Vietnam — almost 50 years ago. Take a listen for yourself:
The Phoenix New Times picked up the story and independently verified the authenticity of the tapes, as well as contacted Senator John McCain’s campaign.
The tapes were found by WeSearchr’s world-class researchers in a mislabeled, misplaced file in the National Archives. The tapes were originally recorded by the CIA.
In light of the release of this bombshell audio, it’s time to roll back the clock and remember when Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg exposed John McCain’s role in the cover-up of America’s lost POWs in Vietnam.
Unz Review editor Ron Unz describes his first time reading Schanberg’s groundbreaking research:
I read copious, detailed evidence that hundreds of American POWs had been condemned to death at enemy hands by top American leaders, apparently because their safe return home would have constituted a major political embarrassment. I found documentation that the cover-up of this betrayal had gone on for decades, eventually drawing in a certain Arizona senator [ed.: John McCain]. According to this remarkable reconstruction of events, the average teenage moviegoer of the 1980s watching mindless action films such as “Rambo,” “Missing in Action,” and “Uncommon Valor” was seeing reality portrayed on screen, while the policy expert reading sober articles in the pages of The New Republic and The Atlantic was absorbing lies and propaganda. Since I had been believing those very articles, this was a stunning revelation.
Sydney Schanberg’s research was too hot for the New York Times and other so-called “papers of record,” but the mountain of evidence he collected was impossible to ignore.
The U.S. government left hundreds of men behind in Vietnam, and then covered it up. They sealed up prisoner-of-war records.
And which Arizona Senator who was a former POW was always at the forefront of these efforts?
That’s right: John Sidney McCain.
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Sydney Schanberg reports:
John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.
Why would McCain work so hard to cover up the abandonment of his fellow POWs after the end of the Vietnam War? Why would he work so hard to seal up their records — including his own? Ron Unz offers some clues:
One factual detail, routinely emphasized by [Senator John McCain’s] supporters, is his repeated claim that except for signing a single written statement very early in his captivity and also answering some questions by a visiting French newsman, he had staunchly refused any hint of collaboration with his captors, despite torture, solitary confinement, endless threats and beatings, and offers of rewards. Perhaps. But that original Counterpuncharticle provided the link to the purported text of one of McCain’s pro-Hanoi propaganda broadcasts as summarized in a 1969 UPI wire service story, and I have confirmed its authenticity by locating the resulting article that ran in Stars & Stripes at the same time. So if crucial portions of McCain’s account of his imprisonment are seemingly revealed to be self-serving fiction, how much of the rest can we believe? If his pro-Communist propaganda broadcasts were so notable that they even reached the news pages of one of America’s leading military publications, it seems quite plausible that they were as numerous, substantial, and frequent as his critics allege.
They sure were! Even the CIA got their hands on a recording of them — and now we got our hands on that recording and released it to the public.
McCain’s wartime record has been controversial for decades. Only now, thanks to WeSearchr, has some hard evidence from the time come forward.
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