Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution and former Deputy Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, is claiming that Russian separatist Igor Girkin (also known as “Igor Strelkov” or simply “Strelkov”) has taken responsibility for shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Stanford University professor Michael McFaul, who was the U.S. Ambassador to Russia up until February 2014, said the same thing earlier today:

Both tweets are being widely circulated on Twitter, each with more than 2,000 retweets at the moment.

We have seen the same claim made elsewhere, including here and here.

There are, however, serious doubts about the authenticity of Strelkov’s “admission”:

McFaul himself, who seemed quite sure of himself earlier, is now backpedaling:

He also retweeted this:

Talbott, on the other hand, has doubled down:

The truth will come out. As always, remain skeptical. Twitchy will update as news develops.


And just like that, Talbott is now hedging his bets, too. All of a sudden it’s all very “murky”:


And McFaul says he was “just putting out all reports” for the benefit of his readers:

Next he’ll be telling us that Tom Hanks is dead.


Now he seems to be saying it’s his job to present the latest rumor as truth:


Talbott has now deleted one of the tweets (the one at the top of this post). Poor Strobe. That trick never works!


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