Seymour Hersh Has Record of False Claims, Bad Journalism

Seymour Hersh Has Record of False Claims, Bad Journalism

Yated Ne'eman - January 22, 1999 - D.D. Levitin

Seymour Hersh, author of a harsh attack on Jonathan Pollard in the New Yorker, has a long record of making unsubstantiated allegations and using sources that have later been exposed as unreliable, according to a study prepared by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and distributed to every member of congress and leaders of Jewish organizations.

In fact, Hersh's main "new" allegation against Pollard, that U.S. secrets that Pollard gave to Israel were then given by Israel to the Soviet Union, is not a new allegation at all, but is simply a recycled smear that Hersh first used in 1991. The source for the allegation Ari Ben-Menashe, was exposed as a fraud.

The AIPAC newsletter "Near East Report" (Jan. 6, 1992) describing Hersh's 1991 book "The Samson Option" noted that one Ari Ben-Menashe "was the source for Hersh's wild accusations that Israel gave secrets to the Soviets that were stolen by Jonathan Pollard."

Ben-Menashe has been described by the Jerusalem Post (March 6, 1992) as a "notorious chronic liar." Newsweek - which is hardly sympathetic to Israel - wrote about Ben-Menashe: "Much of what Ben-Menashe says does not seem to check out." (Nov. 4, 1991) Newsweek checked Secret Service logs to see if then Vice-President George Bush could have been in Paris on October 19, 1980, the day Ben-Menashe claims he saw Bush secretly meet with Iranian officials to arrange a delay of the release of U.S. hostages in Iran; Newsweek found that on October 19, the logs show that Bush gave a speech before the Zionist Organization of America at the Capital Hilton [in Washington D.C. ]"

Steven Emerson the award-winning investigative journalist has described Ben-Menashe as an "abject liar." Emerson has also pointed out that over the years, Hersh has made numerous demonstrably false claims, including that "he was a commander of the Israeli raid to free hijacked airline passengers at Entebbe in 1976, that he planted a homing device in the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak just before the Israeli attack in 1981... and that he had declined an offer to become head of the Mossad." (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 27 1991)

In November 1990, "ABC News gave Ben-Menashe a lie detector test concerning his allegations about Israel, and the Iran-Contra affair, according to Christopher Isham, and ABC producer, Ben- Menashe failed it." (Newsweek Nov. 11, 1991)



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