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Gwynne Dyer

Error (Philadelphia Inquirer, Gwynne Dyer, 5/3/00): Then came Victor Ostrovsky, formerly a colonel in Mossad, the Israeli secret service. Ostrovsky already had revealed that the bombing in Libya in 1986, ordered by President Ronald Reagan after U.S. intelligence intercepted a radio message implying Libyan responsibility for the bombing of the La Belle disco in Berlin where two American servicemen were killed, was actually the result of an Israeli deception. It was a Mossad unit, operating secretly in Libya, that really generated the radio message that fooled Reagan into trying to kill Gadhafi – and the 1988 message implying Libyan responsibility for Lockerbie was so similar to the La Belle message, Ostrovsky will testify, that it was almost certainly produced by the same Mossad unit.

Correction (7/21/00): In a May 3 Gwynne Dyer column, informant Victor Ostrovsky was quoted as alleging that Mossad, the Israeli secret service, was involved in a plot to blame Libya for the bombing of the La Belle disco in Berlin in 1986, and subsequently in an attempt to implicate Libya in the bombing of Pan Am 103. It has become clear since then that Ostrovsky is not a credible source for these allegations, and the columnist wishes them withdrawn.