By Moon Of Alabama
May 30, 2021 "Information
Clearing House" -This is an update to
By The Book - What Really Happened With The Ryanair
Flight In Belarus. That piece analyzed the
timeline of the Ryanair bomb threat incident in
Belarus and the response from Belorussian officials.
As part of that post I discussed the possible
manipulation of a screenshot of the bomb threat
email by the editor of the western financed
opposition media Nexta:
Protonmail, from where the email was
received, is a encrypted web-email service
hosted in Switzerland which allows more or less
An alleged screenshot of the email currently
gets peddled around by the Editor-in-Chief of
Tadeusz Giczan @TadeuszGiczan -
11:59 PM · May 26, 2021
Not that anyone had any doubts but ‘Hamas
email’ was sent to Minsk airport 24 minutes
after Belarusian air controllers warned
Ryanair pilots there’s a bomb onboard.
Giczan is right in that the time shown in the
screenshot is inconsistent with the timing of
the Ryanair flight in the Belorussian airspace.
That however proves nothing. Time stamps in
emails are notoriously unreliable as they depend
on various computer timezone settings and
several other variables.
Clocks, computers and phones in Switzerland
are currently set to UTC(GMT)+2 hours. Clocks,
computers and phones in Belarus to UTC+3. A
email sent at 10:57 Geneva time would likely
show up as sent at 11:57 in Minsk time. However,
if the timezone of the computer/phone that is
used to look at the email is set to UTC+4 the
email time would be shown as 12:57.
Nice trick Mr. Nexta but that screenshot is
It turns out that my timezone manipulation
speculation, while technically correct, might not
have been an issue.
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Today the Investigative Committee of Belarus, the
country's proscecution service,
published a note about the case (machine
translation, emph. added):
Investigation of a criminal case on a
deliberately false report about the "mining" of
the Athens-Vilnius flight continues
At the moment, the criminal case initiated on
the fact of the "mining" of the plane, which
carried out the flight "Athens-Vilnius", is
being processed by the USC in the city of Minsk.
These days, through destructive and extremist
channels, as well as various Internet resources
and Western media, incomplete and unverified
information is being disseminated aimed at
manipulating public opinion in their own
interests. For our part, we urge the public not
to popularize innuendo and cynical speculation.
We consider it unacceptable to assume that
someone has a monopoly on the truth until the
preliminary investigation is completed.
It has already been established, to which we
draw special attention, that there were several
messages about the "mining" of the aircraft
received through the Swiss anonymous
mail service ProtonMail - at 12:25 and at 12:56.
At the moment, the records of conversations with
the pilots of the aircraft are being studied and
analyzed in detail, and numerous other
investigative actions are being carried out. ...
So there have been, if the officials are to be
believed, two bomb threat emails. The first one at
12:25 local time (9:25 UTC) arrived five minutes
before the Ryanair flight at 12:30 (9:30 UTC)
entered Belorussian airspace. That would have left
enough time to contact the air traffic controller
who then warned the plane. The email in the
screenshot received at would have been the second
The Ryanair pilot was warned of the bomb threat
at 9:30 utc but declared Mayday only at 9:47 utc. It
took him several more minutes to change the course.
The sender of the emails might have watched the
plane's course on
Aware and prepared and sent the second email
when the plane seemed not to react to the first one.
The Nexta's editor-in-chief had presented the
second email as the sole one and insinuated thereby
that the plane was contacted and informed about a
threat before the warning of that threat arrived.
The logo visible in the screenshot of the email
above is of the
Dossier Center. Its purpose is to
find and create dirt that can be throw at Russia.
It is financed by the exiled oligarch and former
Yukos raider Mikhail Khodorkovsky in London. The
center seems to have intense contacts with western
If there were indeed two threat emails, as the
Belorussian officials say, this Reuters
headline is off.
Bomb threat cited by Belarus was sent after plane
was diverted - Swiss email provider
A bomb threat cited by Belarusian authorities as
the reason for forcing a Ryanair jetliner
carrying a dissident journalist to land in Minsk
was sent after the plane was diverted,
privacy-focused email provider Proton
Technologies AG said on Thursday.
Proton declined to comment on specifics of the
email, saying that its encryption made it
impossible to "access or verify the contents of
"However, we are able to see when the message
was sent, and we can confirm that the message in
question was sent after the plane was
redirected," the Swiss company said in a
It added that "we have not seen credible
evidence that the Belarusian claims are true and
we will support European authorities in their
investigations upon receiving a legal request."
Protonmail was only asked about the second email
which had been distributed by the Dossier Center. It
confirmed that it went out at the time the
We can be sure that it will soon also be asked
about the first one. The Investigative Committee
says: (machine translation)
To confirm the consistency of their aspirations,
the investigation has already prepared and will
soon send to the Swiss prosecutor's office a
request for legal assistance in obtaining
information about the user of the mailbox from
which the message about the "mining" of the
flight was sent.
Yesterday the Belorussian Department of Aviation
had also invited international organizations
to look into the case:
For further consideration of the circumstances
the Department of Aviation has invited
representatives of ICAO, IATA, EASA, and EU and
USA Civil Aviation Authorities.
The United Nations' International Civil Aviation
has now agreed to investigate the incident.
When the Ryanair flight left from Minsk there
were five passengers less on board than when it had
landed. Roman Protasevich, the
western government financed neo-nazi, and his
Russian girlfriend were two of these. They were
arrested. There had been speculation that the other
three persons were KGB agents. However the people
were found and interviewed. All three, one Greek
and two Belorussian citizen, say that they had
originally planned to fly from Greece via Vilnius to
Minsk. They thus had no reason to reenter the plane.
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