[MGSA-L] A bogus letter undermining the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Christos D. Katsetos cd_katsetos at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 31 17:34:59 PDT 2016


In recent days, certain journalists and bloggers/pundits in the Greek scene rushed into reporting a sensational story implicating His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, the Prelate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, in the attempted July 15th coup to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (sic!)

http://www.tovima.gr/world/article/?aid=824852
http://infognomonpolitics.blogspot.com/2016/08/blog-post_969.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InfognomonPolitics+%28InfognomonPolitics%29
http://journal-neo.org/2016/08/31/top-usa-national-security-officials-admit-turkey-coup/

The "bombshell" story was based on a fabricated letter purportedly written by retired US Ambassador Arthur H. Hughes. In a letter addressed to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Ambassador Hughes has refuted categorically that he is the author of this bogus piece. http://myocn.net/retired-us-ambassador-arthur-h-hughes-did-not-pen-shared-article/http://www.archons.org/news/detail.asp?id=917

Here is the letter in question targeting the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Mother Church, written by an elusive agent provocateur and disseminated in the blogosphere and beyond.
http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/print96286.htmhttp://www.events.orthodoxengland.org.uk/2016/08/22/
http://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/us-moves-nuclear-weapons-from-turkey-to-romania/

I trust that this spurious story will be retracted at once (at least from the above-referenced Greek sites) with appropriate explanatory notes. Perhaps the journalists and bloggers, who were so eager to disseminate this maliciously fabricated story (effectively putting the Patriarchate in a perilous predicament) ought to be reminded that if they want to preserve their credibility, they need to do their due diligence to validate the veracity of a news story and safeguard the accuracy of information. No retired US Ambassador of sound mind would have been so reckless as to pen such an openly slanderous piece. If something is too good to be true, then it probably is.
Kudos to the historic Greek-American newspaper National Herald (Εθνικός Κήρυξ) for keeping the community informed. http://www.ekirikas.com/επιχειρήθηκε-σκευωρία-σε-βάρος-του-οι/

CDK08/30/2016Philadelphia
RELATED LINKS
Ambassador Arthur H. Hughes' CVhttps://memory.loc.gov/service/mss/mfdip/2004/2004hug01/2004hug01.pdfhttp://www.adst.org/OH%20TOCs/Hughes,%20Arthur%20H.toc.pdf


 Christos D. Katsetos, MD, PhD, FRCPath, FRCP Edin http://www.drexel.edu/medicine/Faculty/Profiles/Christos-Katsetos/http://www.stchristophershospital.com/find-a-physician/120  

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