In the following you will find our translation of an article from the Russian language site rueconomics followed by our translation of an article from the German language site Stern, with commentary by Vince Dhimos.
We had already reported here that Ukraine’s guilt is proven, despite all the Russophobic pronouncements of the Dutch and other governments, based on nothing but speculation and the flimsiest of evidence. The Joint Investigation Team cited as the main “evidence” that the BUK missile that struck the plane was made in Russia, although they failed to mention that Ukraine has a large numbers of such missiles left over from Soviet times, all made in Russia once upon a time.
In addition, here is a video you need to see, based on the findings of an independent Dutch detective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEvUHfjS3Ig.
The articles presented below do not present much of the actual evidence that detective Josef Resch apparently found to exculpate the Russians or show that the Ukrainians were behind the shoot-down of Malaysian flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. However, the first article, from RIA Novosti, mentions the various types of evidence that Resch collected. The fact that this evidence from one of the most renowned detectives in Europe was flat-out rejected by the Netherlands, the country that lost the most lives due to the shoot-down, is strong evidence that the country was interested not in learning the truth but in supporting a case against the Russians and white-washing the Ukrainians. Why? Because the West had too much to lose by having the truth come out. US and various European NGOs had instigated the illegal and violent Maidan coup in Kiev that ultimately pitted the Russian speaking East (Donbass) against the US-backed Kiev government, whose first post-coup president was in fact initially hand-picked by US State Department representative Victoria Nuland (and which, shortly after the coup, started to bomb its residents in a kind of ethnic cleansing operation). Further, all European governments expressed wholehearted support for the coup. In other words, Kiev had a government controlled not by its people but by foreign powers in the name of “democracy.”
If it could be proved that the Ukrainians had shot down the airliner to make it look like the Russians did it so that NATO could invade Donbass to finish off the ethnic cleansing like it did in Serbia in 1998-99, killing off the brave Russian speakers defending their turf against the US-backed fascists, this would be a bombshell that could shake the foundations of Washington and Brussels. It would not be the first US-instigated false flag. The US entered the Vietnam War based on the Gulf of Tonkin false flag incident, the Iraqi theatre based on the mythical WMD narrative, and fired Tomahawk missiles into Syria based on a report from the highly dubious source White Helmets that Assad had used chemical weapons against his people there, launching the attack so quickly that no investigation of the alleged chemical attacks could be conducted. And the msm supported these narratives just as it supports the story that Russian speakers in Ukraine supposedly shot down flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014.
QUOTE from the Stern interview with Resch:
Who was your client? A secret service? A government?
I don’t know, the contact was via a Swiss middleman. Two years ago, I was approached and asked if I could put the message on my website: Whoever can provide clues as to who shot down the [Malaysian] plane, gets a $30 million reward. In addition, we have raised $17 million for anyone who can tell us which institution or state is covering it up. Many people answered. I not only got information, but also death threats.
So who do you, the reader, think is eager enough to know the truth about the MH17 shoot-down and rich enough to pay such a generous fee to Josef Resch?
Well, it could be the Malaysian government, the downed plane’s owner, which has repeatedly demanded that the Western news outlets and governments, especially the Netherlands, stop insisting, without evidence, that Russia or the Russian speaking defenders of Donbass, is behind the shoot-down.
But my best guess is that the Russian government, possibly Putin himself, is offering this reward to arguably Europe’s best sleuth. Because the insulating layers of secrecy point to a fastidiously careful person familiar with the workings of secret operations and the motive fits Russia to a t. If the Russian Federation can prove that the Ukraine government itself shot down the plane, that will destroy the Western Establishment’s credibility for a long time to come and at the same time, vindicate Russia of a false charge that has been hanging over its head for years and has given rise to unfair sanctions that have hurt the economy of the RF. This would up-end the whole edifice of lies on which the Western political Establishment and its wars and sanctions against essentially all countries not aligned with the US rests. Already the whole edifice is cracking, but the revelation of Ukraine’s guilt in this case would cause the whole Western world to turn their backs on a rotten Western media and political Establishment that has long been a thorn in Russia’s side. No one, absolutely no one, has more to gain from the truth about the MH17 affair finally coming to light. And no one deserves closure to this affair more than the Russian Federation.
Finally, if you are as disgusted by the Dutch handling of this “investigation,” you can sound off in an email to this address: email@example.com
BEGIN FIRST TRANSLATION, from rueconomics
Private detective reported that the Netherlands has refused to accept new data on the MH17 crash
July 30, 2019
A private detective from Germany, Josef Resch, explained why the Netherlands Prosecutor’s Office did not accept the materials he had obtained on the Malaysian Boeing crash (flight MH17) in July 2014 near Donetsk.
In the course of his investigation, Resch found documents that were not previously included in the evidence base of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
These include audio recordings of air traffic from fighter jets and air control towers made with special services, telephone conversations of the Ukrainian army, recordings of control towers after news of the crash, handwritten notes and personal audio recordings of military aircraft pilots.
In addition, the detective was prepared to disclose the name of the informant and information about the destroyed secret documents of high-ranking military and political figures.
However, his main condition was transfer of all information only in the presence of international media and representatives of the affected states – the only way he could ensure his security after repeated threats.
The JIT did not respond to the proposal in any way, and a letter was received from the Prosecutor’s Office of the Netherlands stating that the presence of the press and other persons could harm the investigation. Resh was told to apply with his "wide array of evidence" to the German prosecutor's office, reports RIA "Novosti".
Earlier, the Kremlin recalled that Moscow had repeatedly offered assistance in investigating the crash of flight MN17, but was not given this opportunity. Accordingly, Russia considers the conclusions of the investigation to be biased.
BEGIN SECOND TRANSLATION, from Stern
"The traitors are always good friends"
Josef Resch is Germany's most dazzling private investigator. A conversation about greed, bounty hunting and the weight of five million euros in big bills.
He looks like a weekend getaway and does not stand out in the lobby of the Arosa Hotel in Travemünde. Not what you’d expect a "man hunter" to look like. Josef Resch, 66, describes for the first time a parallel universe that most people don’t even know exists. He speaks calmly and with an Upper Bavarian accent. He has been a private investigator for over 30 years. Resch works alone or with a network of former detectives, SECs and security experts.
In search of fraudsters, he has repeatedly put up large sums for information and has caused a stir with his unusual actions. For example, when he put a bizarre video on YouTube in 2012, in which he put 1.5 million euros in 500-euro notes on a table – as a bounty for the fleeing Neckermann great nephew and stockbroker Florian Homm. Most recently, Resch made headlines two years ago, when he offered a total of $47 million for clues that could solve the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines' flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.
Mr Resch, would you give us 50,000 euros in reward if we deliver you a Mr Levy? This is what it says on the website of your company "Wifka".
Not me, my client would pay you. I am to find Mr. Levy for him.
What does your client want from Mr Levy?
This Mr. Levy tempted my client with the possibility of a good real estate deal. My client met with him in Verona, and everything looked serious. Preppy man, expensive suit, expensive hotel, another man introduced himself as a notary. Then Levy proposed to swap money. He had a large amount of untaxed Swiss francs, but needed euros. You know the game.
No, we don’t know the game.
He says that of course the Swiss francs can’t be exchanged at the bank. He offers a generous commission. My client gives the scammer euros and gets Swiss francs. But in the bank rolls with the francs is counterfeit money. The swap goes fast, and the dupe notices too late that he’s left holding the bag. My client lost 150,000 euros in cash and gold coins.
You have to wonder why someone would travels to Italy with a suitcase full of cash and gold, expecting to make a respectable, lucrative deal in a hotel room.
This type of fraud has become very common. People think too little. GFG.
I beg your pardon?
Greed eats brain. [GFG = Gier frisst Gehirn]
What are you? A detective? Debt collector? Bounty hunter?
I'm just an investigator, I don’t think much of this bounty hunter crap. We investigate in cases of bankruptcy, investment and loan fraud. I find people, money or information. For that I get daily rates or commissions. If you have been cheated out of more than 50,000 euros, you can hire me.
Why are your customers paying you money and not just going to the police?
I'll get your money back. And sometimes it's not officially money they lost in the scam. Nevertheless, I advise my clients to also report if possible.
How do you get someone to cough up the money?
I find the person and arrange for him to accept an invitation, for example to a boat trip. Then we have time for a talk on the high seas. Then he has the choice: if he doesn’t come up with the money, I'll go to the authorities, so he'll lose the money and get a fine on top of it. People have always cooperated with me.
What do you have to offer as an investigator?
I’m a connoisseur of people. Even as a child I watched people. My parents managed the Schwaigeralm on the Tegernsee. There were no other kids to play with. Instead, I watched the adults. And when I was minding the cows, I slipped after walkers. When the cooks stole meat, I caught them and told my dad about it. That's how it started.
So that’s how you wound up in this business.
I started as a cook in the Schwaigeralm, with my parents. They worked hard for a modest amount of money and a life full of worries seven days a week. Later, I was a silent partner in several clubs in Munich.
During this time, you began to provide the authorities with information about drugs that were being traded in your and other establishments.
Exactly, I worked with the authorities for years. It was a dirty business.
As a secret informant.
What did you get for it?
Money, a good feeling. Adventure.
You don’t make friends.
No. That's why I went to Italy in 1995 and started a new life there. I had received a lot of threats, and the first people I had jailed were released. It got uncomfortable.
Why did you come back?
My son had to go to a German school and grass had grown over some things.
Who hired you to look for the securities fraudster Florian Homm?
I give no information about my clients. Sometimes I don’t even know them. For Mr Homm this was done through an intermediary attorney.
In any case, these were people Mr. Homm had cheated out of money.
The clients were after 30 million, which they figured Mr. Homm owed them.
You then made a spectacular video of the 1.5 million euros that were offered as a reward. Why?
I wanted to show that the money was there. And of course you increase the pressure as well. Homm later commented. He called this "inhuman." He could no longer trust anyone, even his closest friends. This is not a life. Even at the Liberian embassy, where he had been staying for a while, plain-clothes workers began asking nicely what he planned to do in the evening.
Where did you get the money from?
From the mediating lawyer. There I picked it up, stuffed the 500-euro bills into a plastic bag, then into a backpack, so I drove to the hotel where we shot the video.
After that, a lot of people answered.
Yes. Some were even sent by Homm itself. To lay false trails. To keep me busy. To find out what I knew.
How many have registered?
About a hundred people. Most were telling phony stories. A shaman from Mombasa or Madagascar or something also showed up.
Who gave you useful information about Homm?
So-called friends. Traitors are always good friends, relatives and people you have worked with.
An important tip came from the domestic help of Homm’s mother.
We met the housekeeper a couple of times. She wanted to earn the reward. She said that Homm's mother wanted to meet Florian in France by ship. The domestic help was supposed to accompany them. We gave her a tracking device, which she was to deposit in her mother's handbag. Unfortunately, the transmitter eventually went dead.
The lady later wanted to make me believe that the transmitter had somehow fallen into the water when leaving the boat. Maybe she got scruples, maybe they saw through her. Maybe both.
What was your plan with Homm if you had gotten him? Torture him?
We might have put him on a ship, too. He would have been given the choice to meet the demands of my clients, or we would have driven into international waters. The FBI was after him with targeted investigators. But I would never have handed Homm over to the USA. I would have just threatened to.
The search order for Homm was later withdrawn. Why?
Mr. Homm phoned or had someone else call. There were perhaps five or six parties that could be considered for such an assignment. They were called one after another, and were offered a deal they could not refuse. If you know, what I mean.
We don’t know. What offer?
A scary one. They pooped their pants. A letter came from the lawyer asking me to stop the effort.
And how were you paid?
I would have gotten 20 percent of the returned capital.
Then you worked for free.
Let’s drop it. I don’t talk about financial matters.
So you didn’t work for nothing.
Stop your prying. I'm already onto my money.
The thing took a surprising turn. Homm was arrested in March 2013 after a meeting with ex-wife and son in Italy and was sent to extradition. He was very sick. Then his mother came straight to you.
She knew by now what I can do. I was supposed to release her son from prison if all legal and diplomatic efforts against surrender to America should not be fruitful.
And you said yes.
If he had attacked children or killed people, I would have said no.
But so did you engage a small army?
Of course not. You do that with money, and it's not cheap. There have to be a lot of pension funds to pay out.
What was your estimate?
Five million euros plus 150,000 euros for a corpse and a customized casket. Plus my fee. I planned to get Homm out of Italy in a hearse after his release.
All this would have been paid for by Mrs. Homm.
Yes. But it wasn’t necessary. He was released by legal means.
Five million - a lot of money that you would have had to recount very quickly. Everyone involved is in a certain hurry in that kind of situation.
Ten thousand 500-euro bills can’t even be counted. They are checked for authenticity by random sampling. And then weighed.
Aha. What does five million euros weigh?
Sometimes you are called the "man for the dirty jobs."
That's a joke. I’ve been in business for over 30 years. I’ve never been convicted. I work well with the authorities. They would not do that for a second if I used methods that are not legal.
You never even put someone in a van and tell him what might happen?
You never say that yourself anyway. I don’t want to threaten. I want to help. Sometimes you have to warn people. There are nicer ways.
The charm trick.
The security holes of every system are people. Their disappointments, their vanity, their yearning for attention. Bosses back up their data with the most complicated methods, and then they treat their secretary badly. Who has access to everything he’s got.
What’s the charm trick?
The oldest trick in the world. I want to get to the man so I go through his co-worker. I make it look like a coincidence. I put a dent in her car while drivign, am charming, pay, ask to see her again. So with patience you get what you need.
Would you still pay us $30 million if we knew who shot down MH17 over Ukraine a year and a half ago?
Although I had once offered a reward, the money came not from me, but from my client. The work is done right now. My fee was paid in cash.
Who was your client? A secret service? A government?
I don’t know, the contact was via a Swiss middleman. Two years ago, I was approached and asked if I could put the message on my website: Whoever can provide clues as to who shot down the plane, gets a $30 million reward. In addition, we have raised $17 million for anyone who can tell us which institution or state is covering it up. A lot of people answered. I not only got information, but also death threats.
How many people called?
2000. However, in the end I got only a hint as to who was covering up something about the shoot-down of the MH17.
Is there any evidence that this is true, what you’re telling us?
The customer has the supporting documents, and my records are with the notary.
It could all be made up. There are no external documents.
Come on, let's go to the bank, I'll show you that I got a commission for the MH17 order. I had to report this to the tax office in order to avoid suspicion of money laundering.
A week later Resch leads us into his home bank, the Deutsche Bank in Travemünde. An employee prepares posting documents. One has a deposit on Resch's account on September 1, 2014, a five-figure amount. Resch says it was a sort of down payment from his employer. On September 17, 2014, he was to put the reward online. In addition, the banker submits another extract, which comes from June 2015 and shows a six-figure amount. This is part of the commission, says Resch, the purpose is for MH17 and the name of a taxman and the tax office, where he has registered the deposit.
That's not proof. If someone comes along now and says: Resch is lying ...
... then he has to live with it. Believe me, my search for an informant about the shooting of MH17 went on for months. It was not a nice time.
Who shot down the plane?
I dont know. But even if I knew, I wouldn’t say, because I have committed myself to silence.
It's about a lot of lives. There is a lot of suffering.
But perhaps there would be much more suffering if people knew what had happened. I'm pretty sure about it. And also that much more is known internally than publicly.
How much would you have to pay to say what you know? 100 million?
What would I do with 100 million? I am firmly convinced that some governments would have a serious problem if it became public. And so would the populations. That's one reason why I am stopping. I underestimated the matter.
Can you still sleep peacefully?
I have never been able to sleep peacefully. Two, three hours at a time, that’s all I get.
That's because of your job?
It’s because of life.