Gonzalo Lira, Who Claimed Ukraine Tortured Him, Confirmed Dead By State Department
Gonzalo Lira, Who Claimed Ukraine Tortured Him, Confirmed Dead By State Department

Update (2106ET): The US State Department has confirmed the death of journalist Gonzalo Lira, who was arrested in Ukraine, which claimed that he “publicly justified” Russia’s invasion.

Gonzalo Lira, Who Claimed Ukraine Tortured Him, Confirmed Dead By State Department

According to journalist Breanna Morello, the State Department ‘confirmed the death of U.S. citizen Gonzalo Lira in Ukraine.”

During Lira’s first stint in Ukrainian prison, he claimed that he was tortured, explaining that “two thugs held my head and used a toothpick to scratch the whites of my left eye, while asking me if I could still read if I had just one.”

He was re-arrested while making a run for the Hungarian border. More recently, he wrote in a letter to family that: “I have had double pneumonia (both lungs) as well as pneumothorax and a very severe case of edema (swelling of the body). All this started in mid-October, but was ignored by the prison.”

If Lira’s claims are accurate, Ukraine tortured him, then ignored a severe health crisis, and now he’s dead. Don’t hold your breath for the MSM to demand justice as they did with Jamal Khashoggi.

And again, we’re sure this asshole is happy.

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Journalist Gonzalo Lira has died while in Ukrainian custody, according to his father.

Gonzalo Lira, Sr. says his son has died at 55 in a Ukrainian prison, where he was being held for the crime of criticizing the Zelensky and Biden governments,” wrote Tucker Carlson on X. “Gonzalo Lira was an American citizen, but the Biden administration clearly supported his imprisonment and torture.”

In May, Lira was arrested by Ukrainian authorities because he “publicly justified” the Russian invasion, according to a press release by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

The statement from Kiev said that Lira “has the citizenship of one of the countries of Latin America” but omitted that he is also California-born U.S. citizen, as ZeroHedge contributor Space Worm reported at the time.

Following his release, Lira said he was tortured in a Ukrainian prison, explaining that “two thugs held my head and used a toothpick to scratch the whites of my left eye, while asking me if I could still read if I had just one.” Lira informed followers that he was making a mad-dash via motorcycle towards the Hungarian border:

According to journalist Alex Rubernstein, Lira said that he had double pneumonia (both lungs), which was ignored by the Ukrainian prison holding him.

“I have had double pneumonia (both lungs) as well as pneumothorax and a very severe case of edema (swelling of the body). All this started in mid-October, but was ignored by the prison. They only admitted I had pneumonia at a Dec. 22 hearing,” reads the letter. “I am about to have a procedure to reduce the edema pressure in my lungs, which is causing me extreme shortness of breath, to the point of passing out after minimal activity, or even just talking for 2 minutes.”

In response to Lira’s reported death, his father allegedly wrote: “I cannot accept the way my son has died. He was tortured, extorted, incommunicado for 8 months and 11 days and the US Embassy did nothing to help my son. The responsibility of this tragedy is the dictator Zelensky with the concurrence of a senile American President, Joe Biden.”

We’re sure this asshole is happy.

Tyler Durden
Sun, 01/14/2024 – 21:07

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