The Magnitsky Myth & Other Keys

to the Geopolitical Hoax of the Century



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    Grey Owl”, as Archibald Stansfeld ("Archie") Belaney of Hastings, Sussex, would brand himself, worked a spell on western consciousness. The Englishman who came to Canada in 1906 and, over succeeding decades, recast himself as indigenous, hoaxed America and what-was-then Great Britain posing as a First Nations guardian-of-the-wild.


    The impersonation was widely exposed after his 1938 death. Belaney's genuine concern for the natural environment was communicated through his fictions – a rare "con" in which a residual public good may accompany, and/or be by-product of, the more-oft destructive interests of self.



   In 1971, McGraw-Hill Book Co. announced plans to publish the autobiography of billionaire recluse industrialist Howard R. Hughes ghost-written by Clifford Irving (an author whose previous book was titled "Fake"). Irving's Hughes book was one of the great hoaxes of the era.


  Of those in the publishing and media world who enabled and furthered Irving’s scam, Stephen D. Isaacs, the late journalist/editor/academic commented: “They had all become true believers, because they had wanted desperately to believe.”


Lee Child - Don't get it right - Bill Browder


   These days, Simon & Schuster bills its 2015-release "Red Notice" as the autobiography of tax-evading Hermitage fund / manager William Felix ("Bill") Browder – a pathologically-purposeful purveyor of porkies. Browder's an "anti-corruption crusader" – in the way that Bill Cosby's "America's Dad" and Harvey Weinstein's "God". (And for more Canuck-centric audiences – Jian Ghomeshi's a "feminist".) It's a false construct. An illusion. A myth.


   "Management Today" magazine reveals "Red Notice" is "helped along by a ghostwriter who Browder says worked with him on every single sentence." The paperback edition sets a surreal tone from the first sentence on its front-cover. "It's all true" is there attributed to Simon & Schuster best-selling fiction-writer Lee Child (pseudonym of James D. Grant).


Considering how straightforward a process it is to document the book's numerous falsities, one need question the method of fact-checkers, if any, behind such testimonial. And, in these pages, we do:




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