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Le Mesurier Gets Cross

By Craig Murray | November 14, 2019

Perhaps the only fact on James Le Mesurier about which I would agree with the MSM war cheerleaders is that he was a very busy man. It is remarkable therefore that he found the time and inclination to follow “Philip Cross” on twitter. Given that “Philip Cross” has virtually never posted an original tweet, and his timeline consists almost entirely of retweets of Nick Cohen, David Aaronovitch and openly pro-Israel propaganda accounts, why would Le Mesurier bother to follow him?

“Philip Cross” has never posted any news other than to retweet columnists. He has never given an insight into a story. In addition to James Le Mesurier, why then were all these MSM journailsts following “Philip Cross” from before “he” gained notoriety for his Wikipedia exploits?

Oliver Kamm, Leader Writer The Times
Nick Cohen, Columnist The Guardian/Observer
Joan Smith, Columnist The Independent
Leslie Felperin, Film Columnist The Guardian
Kate Connolly, Foreign Correspondent The Guardian/Observer
Lisa O’Carroll, Brexit Correspondent The Guardian
James Bloodworth, Columnist The Independent
Cristina Criddle, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
Sarah Baxter, Deputy Editor, The Sunday Times
Iain Watson, Political Correspondent, The BBC
Caroline Wheeler, Deputy Political Editor, the Sunday Times
Jennifer Chevalier, CBC ex-BBC
Dani Garavelli, Scotland on Sunday

Prominent Freelancers

Bonnie Greer (frequently in The Guardian )
Mason Boycott-Owen (The Guardian, New Statesman )
Marko Attilla Hoare (The Guardian )
Kirsty Hughes
Guy Walters (BBC)
Paul Canning

What attracted all of these senior MSM figures to follow an obscure account with almost no original content? No reasonable explanation of this phenomenon has ever been offered by any of the above. What a considerable number of them have done is to use the megaphone their plutocrat or state overlords have given them, to label those asking this perfectly reasonable question as crazed conspiracy theorists.

This week, on the day of Le Mesurier’s death, “Philip Cross” made 48 edits to Le Mesurier’s Wikipedia page, each one designed to expunge any criticism of the role of the White Helmets in Syria or reference to their close relationship with the jihadists.

“Philip Cross” has been an operation on a massive scale to alter the balance of Wikipedia by hundreds of thousands of edits to the entries, primarily of politically engaged figures, always to the detriment of anti-war figures and to the credit of neo-con figures. An otherwise entirely obscure but real individual named Philip Cross has been identified who fronts the operation, and reputedly suffers from Aspergers. I however do not believe that any individual can truly have edited Wikpedia articles from a right wing perspective, full time every single day for five years without one day off, not even a Christmas, for 2,987 consecutive days.

I should declare here the personal interest that “Philip Cross” has made over 120 edits to my own Wikipedia entry, including among other things calling my wife a stripper, and deleting the facts that I turned down three honours from the Crown and was eventually cleared on all disciplinary charges by the FCO.

I hazard the guess that at least several of the above journalists follow “Philip Cross” on twitter because they are a part of the massive Wikipedia skewing operation operating behind the name of “Philip Cross”. If anybody has any better explanation of why they all follow “Philip Cross” on twitter I am more than willing to hear it.

The “White Helmets” operation managed for MI6 by Le Mesurier was both a channel for logistic support to Western backed jihadists and a propaganda operation to shill for war in Syria, as in Iraq or Libya. Wars which were of course very profitable for arms manufacturers, energy interests and the security establishment. It should surprise nobody that Le Mesurier intersects with the Philip Cross propaganda operation which, with the active support of arch Blairite Jimmy Wales, has for years been slanting Wikipedia in support of the same pro-war goals as pushed by the “White Helmets”.

November 14, 2019 - Posted by | Deception, Full Spectrum Dominance, Mainstream Media, Warmongering | ,


  1. Syria… Iraq [and] Libya, wars which were of course very profitable for arms manufacturers, energy interests and the security establishment

    …and gave rise to a lot of triumphalist gloating from the Zios, let’s not lose sight of them.


    Comment by traducteur | November 14, 2019 | Reply

    • Yes, that was weak to say the least. Nonetheless, the piece is revealing.


      Comment by aletho | November 14, 2019 | Reply

  2. This whole thing is making my head ache, as it might if I were subjected to a gas attack. I accept on principle that the White Helmets are bad actors, but I know none of the “journalist” names cited by Amb. Murray. I do note that two of them write for the Independent, which is Robert Fisk’s newspaper. I did the merest search for Mr. Fisk in trying to find his take on the WH/Le Mesurier crowd. I found this 2018 CN piece by Ann Wright (who is a personal friend and with whom I wandered around Oahu’s major shopping center in 2009 searching for kiosks and mainline department stores that stocked Ahava Dead Sea salt products thieved from the Palestinians. We found them, and along the way we also ran into a burly 25ish Zio-Israeli kiosker who bragged to me that he would spend the next 18 months or less in the US and then go back to Israel, rejoin the IDF/IOF, and “kill some Gazan Palestinians.” Ann had to grab me by the arm and get us away from the goon before I created an incident and made an old fool of myself…but I digress). Ann makes clear Mr. Fisk’s position, but I don’t think the piece has anything specifically enlightening on the man Le Mesurier. I’d like to find RF’s current take on the 2019 situation in Syria…meanwhile, my headache is worsening….


    Comment by roberthstiver | November 14, 2019 | Reply

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