We don’t hide it: White Helmets openly admit being funded by Western govts

… with a video, 11.51 min – Published on RT, Oct 20, 2016.

A chief liaison officer of the White Helmets has acknowledged to RT that his organization, which claims to be “non-governmental” and “neutral,” receives funding and equipment from several western states, including the US, the UK and Germany.

“We do not hide it, we admit [that] there is funding from the USA, from the UK, from Germany, from Netherlands,” Abdulrahman Al Mawwas, the chief liaison officer of the White Helmets, told RT after a meeting with top French officials including President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday … //

… The White Helmets are known for spreading a large number of mostly politicized images aimed at decrying the actions of the Syrian government forces.

Meanwhile, the group is called “Syrian first responders, who risk their lives to save others in war-torn Aleppo” and dubbed “heroes” by the Western MSM and made candidates for the Nobel peace prize. A petition in support them receiving the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize gained more than 300,000 signatures, although they did not eventually win it.

Some high-ranking western politicians, including British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, have openly expressed their support for the group. “I’m proud to say we’re giving them I think £32 million [US$39.78 million] funding as part of a wider £65 million package for non-humanitarian aid,” Johnson had said.

In the meantime, videos spread online have hinted that the group might have connections to some terrorist organizations such as Al Nusra. One video demonstrated what seemed to be White Helmets taking part in an execution of a civilian.

The group’s leader, Raed Al-Saleh, was denied entry into the US in April 2016 but was allowed back in September. US State Department spokesman Mark Toner struggled to explain Al-Saleh’s travel ban and eventually admitted that he is “suspected of having ties … with the extremist groups.”

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