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was yushchenko poisoned at all?

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  • Greg Cannon
    i m not convinced one way or the other, but this article does have interesting details about the doctors who diagnosed yushchenko that i hadn t previously
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 16, 2004
      i'm not convinced one way or the other, but this
      article does have interesting details about the
      doctors who diagnosed yushchenko that i hadn't
      previously heard.


      December 15, 2004
      The Yushchenko 'Poison Plot' Fraud
      He's poisoning Ukrainian politics with lies
      by Justin Raimondo

      The headlines blared: "Doctors Confirm Yushchenko
      Poison Claim" � and, yes, even I believed it. But, you
      know what? It's a lie. And now the truth is coming

      I knew there was something fishy about the whole
      "Yushchenko-was-poisoned-by-the-bad-guys" narrative,
      even as I blindly accepted the pronouncement of Dr.
      Michael Zimpfer, of the Rudolfinerhaus clinic in
      Vienna, that tests had "proved" the poisoning
      hypothesis, and he now considers the "case closed." To
      begin with, dioxin as a tool of would-be assassins
      just doesn't make a whole lot of sense: the victim
      would take far too long to die, and, besides that, not
      a single case of death-by-dioxin poisoning has ever
      been recorded. Another suspicious adjunct to this
      story: Yushchenko declared that he wants to delay the
      investigation into who poisoned him until after the
      December 26 election. The ostensible reason for this
      is Yushchenko's high-mindedness, expressed with the
      requisite statesman-like gravitas:

      "I don't want this factor to influence the election in
      some way � either as a plus or a minus. This question
      will require a great deal of time and serious
      investigation. Let us do it after the election � today
      is not the moment."

      How noble! And, as it turns out, how utterly phony�.

      Surely, one might assume, a man with a "Dr." in front
      of his name is a sacred oracle, from whom only truth
      can spring: and, in any case, Zimpfer was the doctor
      in charge of the case � right?

      Wrong. In news accounts of the Yushchenko "poisoning"
      mystery, Zimpfer is variously described as the
      "president" or the "head" of the Rudolfinerhaus
      clinic, but a better description of his position is
      "administrative chief." His official title is
      President of the clinic's Board of Supervisors. The
      chief medical doctor at the clinic, who supervised and
      had first-hand knowledge of Yushchenko's case, was Dr.
      Lothar Wicke. I put that in the past tense because, on
      December 9, Dr. Wicke resigned. It seems that his
      skeptical remarks concerning the unproven status of
      the "poisoning" accusations had proved injurious to
      his health. At a news conference held just after
      Yushchenko's first visit to Rudolfinerhaus, Dr. Wicke
      had accused unnamed individuals not on the medical
      staff of spreading "medically falsified diagnoses
      concerning the condition of Mr. Yushchenko." He also
      pointed to the complete lack of any evidence that the
      candidate had been poisoned, either deliberately or
      otherwise. This did not endear him to the Yushchenko

      According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ),
      a leading German newspaper, and reporter Emil Bobi, of
      the Austrian magazine Profil, Dr. Wicke received
      numerous death threats and explicit warnings from the
      Yushchenko clan. As the FAZ reports [Warning: if
      you're going to click this link, you'd better be able
      to read German, and be prepared to pay]:

      "Thereafter Yushchenko's people made clear to Wicke
      that he should not say anything more concerning the
      affair, since otherwise [as Wicke puts it] 'one would
      resort to other means against me and the hospital.'
      Dr. Wicke is also supposed to have received death
      threats at the time."

      The December 10 issue of Le Figaro, a leading French
      daily, reveals the atmosphere of thuggishness
      prevailing during Yushchenko's sojourns to
      Rudolfinerhaus, describing the outbreak of violent
      scuffles at one October news conference involving "a
      strange security force with Slavic accents." Yielding
      to the demand of the Ukrainian parliament, Austrian
      cops were sent to Rudolfinerhaus to secure
      Yushchenko's medical files. Profil reports they
      "practically came to blows with Yushchenko's

      According to Le Figaro, Wicke says Yushchenko angrily
      berated him for "perhaps having made [Yushchenko] lose
      the presidential elections." The heat was on, and Dr.
      Wicke apparently began to wilt: after all, he
      explained to Le Figaro, "I have a child, you
      understand." An armed guard was assigned to protect
      Dr. Wicke by order of the Viennese authorities.

      But in the end, Wicke didn't wilt: he refused to give
      in to demands that he retract his statements. Dr.
      Zimpfer's response: "Dr. Yushchenko's people will not
      be happy and will take other measures." Dr. Wicke,
      rather than face those "other measures," simply
      resigned. One can hardly blame him.

      As a testament to the foresight with which George
      Orwell wrote about the instant "rewriting" of history,
      our own unofficial Ministry of Truth has dropped Dr.
      Wicke down the Memory Hole � the last mention of him
      in the "mainstream" media that I can find is in a
      dispatch from the Associated Press that reports the
      "anonymous" threats against him, and also notes a
      story in The Times of London citing Dr. Nikolai
      Korpan, the original source of the poisoning scenario:

      "The London newspaper The Times on Wednesday quoted
      Dr. Nikolai Korpan, the Rudolfinerhaus physician who
      oversaw Yushchenko's treatment, as saying that
      Yushchenko had been poisoned and the intention was to
      kill the candidate. Korpan, appearing at the news
      conference Wednesday with Zimpfer, said doctors were
      working on three different poisoning theories,
      including one involving dioxin.

      "All theories being pursued involved poison, he said,
      adding, however, that 'we don't have any evidence of
      what caused the illness.'"

      The Ukrainian-born Dr. Korpan is not a member of the
      Rudolfinerhaus staff: according to the FAZ, he was the
      intended target of Dr. Wicke's charge that someone was
      "spreading falsified diagnoses." Dr. Korpan, whose
      statements to The Times were denied by Dr. Zimpfer, is
      a surgeon, not a specialist, brought in by Yushchenko
      on the occasion of his first visit to Vienna. In true
      Orwellian fashion, however, Dr. Wicke has been
      disappeared, as far as our media is concerned, and Dr.
      Korpan is now universally referred to as "the
      physician treating Yushchenko."

      So, what ails Viktor Yushchenko? Beneath the cloud of
      murk hanging over this case, there is doubtless the
      truth waiting to be found. But given the heavy-handed
      atmosphere of intimidation and political grandstanding
      in which the poisoning plot has been "confirmed," what
      Yushchenko and his Western supporters are telling us
      is almost certainly not the truth. I am not a doctor,
      but it seems to me as if the blogger at CodeBlueBlog
      makes a very good case � here and here � that other
      factors, including lifestyle issues, may account for
      the dramatic deterioration of Yushchenko's once
      handsome face.

      In any case, what is clear at this point is that
      Yushchenko and his supporters are the ones doing the
      poisoning � by spreading their lies far and wide, and
      then calling for a delay in the investigation. If
      Yushchenko wins, you can bet the truth will never come
      out in a court of law � although some news outlets,
      albeit not the English-speaking media, are exposing
      him for the fraud that he is.

      I have to add that the real story of how and why this
      tall tale has been transmuted into truth remains to be
      told. However, the main movers behind this enormous
      propaganda campaign are not the usual suspects.
      Jonathan Steele and Ian Traynor at the Guardian have
      pointed to the role played by the National Endowment
      for Democracy, as has U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, but
      this is just the tip of the iceberg. The British
      writer John Laughland has underscored the key role of
      the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
      Europe (OSCE), as well as the double standards
      employed by "objective" election observers, but the
      full extent of the Europeans' involvement � especially
      the Germans � has so far gone undetected, or at least
      unremarked on, except by John Rosenthal on his
      excellent blog, Transatlantic Intelligencer. (Also
      here, and here.) This makes a lot of sense, especially
      since the EU is now making such a big stink about the
      perpetrators of the "crime" being "brought to
      justice." The Ukrainian political crisis is an
      excellent opportunity for the Euro-crats to extend
      their frontiers eastward, and they are taking full
      advantage of it � a form of imperialism that both
      Kerry-style "progressives" in the U.S. and
      neoconservatives can join hands in supporting.

      I am also indebted to John Rosenthal for his excellent
      account of the Yushchenko "poisoning" fraud in this
      detailed post. His politics are apparently quite
      different from mine, but facts, as Ronald Reagan � and
      John Adams � used to remind us, are stubborn things,
      and they trump ideology � at least in my book � every

      If only that were universally true, but,
      unfortunately, it isn't. We will no doubt be subjected
      to another few weeks of mindless MSM propaganda, in
      which the "official" story will be relentlessly
      repeated � for the benefit of an international
      audience as well as Ukrainian voters � until, like
      Saddam Hussein's fabled nukes and his nonexistent
      connection to the 9/11 attacks, it will pass into
      history as a universally accepted urban legend. Yes,
      facts are stubborn things � but urban myths certainly
      have their uses.

      � Justin Raimondo

      Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of
      Antiwar.com. He is the author of An Enemy of the
      State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus
      Books, 2000). He is also the author of Reclaiming the
      American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative
      Movement (with an Introduction by Patrick J.
      Buchanan), (Center for Libertarian Studies, 1993), and
      Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S.
      Intervention in the Balkans (1996).

      He is a contributing editor for The American
      Conservative, a Senior Fellow at the Randolph Bourne
      Institute, and an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von
      Mises Institute, and writes frequently for Chronicles:
      A Magazine of American Culture
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