We touched on this here, but it really deserves a stand-alone post.

To recap: Earlier today, Stanford University professor Michael McFaul, who until February 2014 was United States’ ambassador to Russia, tweeted this:

Note that McFaul did not qualify this report by calling it “unconfirmed” or a rumor.

If his goal was to spread this allegation (which may or may not be complete bullcrap), he did a great job of it. 2,300+ retweets and counting!

For a moment, he seemed almost apologetic:

But then the former Ambassador explained that he was just doing his job:

Nice job if you can get it.

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Strobe Talbott claims that Russian-backed separatist has admitted shooting down #MH17; Update: Now it’s all very ‘murky’; Update: Tweet deleted