Founder of White Helmets, James Le Mesurier, is Found Dead in Istanbul

The mainstream media are already rife with speculation as to the cause of death of this high-profile British military establishment figure.

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James Le Mesurier, 48, founder of the controversial ‘search and rescue’ group the White Helmets, was confirmed dead on Monday, with further details of the incident as yet unknown. According to reports, the former British military intelligence officer, mercenary and entrepreneur was found dead on street below his apartment in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district at roughly 4.30am.

Speculation is rife as to a various conspiracies, as British mainstream journalists already drifting out loose talk of ‘state actor’ involvement (presumably they mean Syria or Russia), but Turkish authorities appear to be leaning towards suicide. Some mainstream establishment pundits are already attempting to blame Le Mesurier’s death as a nefarious ‘Russian information campaign’ and dissenting alternative media coverage of him and the White Helmets as somehow being, as BBC journalist Mark Urban puts it, “a prelude to murder.

UK Column News co-hosts Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen ask some questions, and also place this latest incident into a wider context of western foreign policy.

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