Massive Herald Bomb – I wonder how they will get out of this one

The NZ Herald has run a story by-lined by John Hall about a supposed Vietnam Veteran found after 44 years of being missing in action presumed dead.

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A United States Army veteran has been found living in a remote Vietnamese village 44 years after his plane was shot down and he was presumed dead.

Unclaimed, a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Michael Jorgenson, claims that a frail, elderly man, found in a remote south Vietnam village unable to remember the English language, his date of birth or even the names of his wife and two children, may be Sergeant John Hartley Robertson – a former Green Beret shot down in 1968.

Robertson was working on a special operation over Laos when his helicopter was downed.

Despite his body never being found, he was presumed dead for nearly half a century.

Vietnam veteran Tom Faunce says he was on a humanitarian mission in Southeast Asia in 2008 when he was told of the existence of an “army brother” who had been shot down 40 years earlier, listed as “deceased in action” and forgotten about by the US Government.

Faunce teamed up with Jorgenson to track the mystery man down and find definitive evidence that either proved he was Robertson, or out him as a hoaxer.

The Herald story gives the reader the idea that this is indeed the missing man. 

Unfortunately for the “decent journalists, trained and skilled” at the NZ Herald, the man is a hoaxer and the his story is fake.

The astonishing claims of a 76-year-old man found living in Vietnam who says he is a U.S. war veteran presumed dead 44-years ago have been exposed as a hoax.

The story of Sgt. John Hartley Robertson as told by a new documentary ‘Unclaimed’ gripped the world on Tuesday – raising the astounding possibility that an American POW escaped from his Vietnamese captors and began a family in secret with a local woman – while his wife and two children grieved back home.

However, it can be revealed that the man is not Sgt. Robertson, rather he is a conman who has attempted to suck in members of the Vietnam MIA/POW community and that the CIA performed a secret DNA test on him 20-years ago that confirmed his lies.

A 2009 Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) memo sent to the MailOnline on Tuesday acknowledges that the man, known as Dang Tan Ngoc, came to the attention of U.S. personnel in Vietnam in 2006.

He was claiming to be Sgt. John Hartley Robertson, who is thought to have died in a special forces op mission over Laos in 1968.

He was interviewed and under questioning admitted that he was not Sgt. Robertson but a Vietnamese citizen.

However, in 2008 he again tried to pose as the MIA veteran and was taken to the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh where he was fingerprinted.

They were evaluated by the FBI, which, in a February 2009 report, concluded Ngoc’s fingerprints did not match those in Sgt. Robertson’s official records.

They believed that these attempts to claim the identity of a MIA solider were to defraud the U.S. Government of money in military back-pay.

These revelations follow swiftly on from the release of ‘Unclaimed’, a new documentary that questions whether Ngoc – found living in south-central Vietnam, could be Sgt. John Hartley Robertson.

Oh dear. I wonder how long it is before Shayne Currie throws a fit and gets the website at least changed.

What a shameful story, it is bad enough that that this man is MIA, but for his family to be put through a scam and a sham like this, aided and abetted by gullible idiots in the media is disgraceful.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.