July 25 2020 — Pierre Péan, one of the greatest French investigative journalists, died Thursday July 25 2019. He was 81. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
UPDATE (July 26 2021) — Although Pierre Péan was widely regarded as one of the greatest French investigative journalists, he did not consider himself as such.
In fact, he did not like that expression. In his opinion, investigative journalists rely on others for tips and information and they are therefore quite likely to be manipulated.
Péan always wanted to rely solely on his own research, and he thought that time was his best tool.
In a famous interview, he said that: “My method is exclusively based on time.”
What does it mean? Péan was convinced that a good investigator must observe the trajectories of the actors of a story over a long period.
The goal is not to denounce their weaknesses but to understand them in order to discover the role they played in the story under investigation.
Obviously, such a method requires time, a lot of time. But as Cervantes famously wrote: “Sometimes, even time needs some time.”
In this post-truth era of instant gratification, information has become synonymous with immediacy and instantaneity.
MSM journalists do not care about being right. They only want to be first. The scoop is no longer everything, it has become the only thing.
Truth is derided as fake news while disinformation is printed on the front page of the greatest newspapers around the world.
Sure, once in a while, the news is actually correct. But instantaneous information rarely amounts to knowledge and certainly does not equate to wisdom. That needs time.
And who has time for anything nowadays? Learn the art of giving time to time, and time will be kind to you.
By the way, did you know? Commercial firms conducted for-hire disinformation in at least 48 countries last year — nearly double from the year before, according to an Oxford University study. The researchers identified 65 companies offering such services. [New York Times — Disinformation for Hire, a Shadow Industry, Is Quietly Booming — July 25 2021]
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Pierre Péan (5 March 1938 in Maine-et-Loire, France – 25 July 2019) was a French investigative journalist and author of many books concerned with political scandals.
In Manipulations Africaines (African Manipulations), published in February 2001, Péan investigated the sabotage of UTA Flight 772.
He alleged that evidence pointed to Iran and Syria (acting through the Hezbollah movement), but that due to political context (notably the Gulf War), France and the United States tried to put the blame on Libya.
He accuses judge Jean-Louis Bruguière of deliberately neglecting proof of Lebanon, Syria and Iran being involved to pursue only the Libyan trail.
Péan also accused Thomas Thurman, a Federal Bureau of Investigation explosives expert, of fabricating false evidence against Libya in both the Pan Am Flight 103 and UTA Flight 772 sabotages.
French Hostages in Lebanon
While taking his instructions from President Diouf and Jean Collin, Senegalese religious leader Sheikh Zein was going in between the French and the Iranian leaders.
In January 1988, Zein visited President Khamenei in Tehran. French Minister Michel Aurillac visited Dakar (and Zein) in February.
In March, French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua came to Dakar where he stayed at the Presidential Palace and discussed the release of the hostages with Zein. The next month, Zein was in Paris.
In May 1988, the three French hostages (Kauffmann, Carton, Fontaine) were released.
On September 18 1989, a Lebanese newspaper published a letter from the kidnappers reminding Paris that the promises made during the negotiations had not been kept by the French.
The next day, a DC 10 (UTA 772) exploded…
And once again, FBI Thomas Thurman solved the case… thanks to a small fragment of an electronic timer pointing to Libya’s culpability.
A top French expert opined than that timer was so big that it would not even fit in a suitcase!
By the way… Most Lockerbie experts believe that the infamous fragment of the Swiss timer (PT/35b) was planted around September 1989.
Attentat de Lockerbie — Fausses pièces à conviction
Published on Aug 28, 2007 — Journal d’Arte du 28/08/2007 au sujet d’Ulrich Lumpert, un ingénieur suisse qui a travaillé pour un fabriquant d’armement affirme avoir livré lui même livré aux enquêteurs un détonateur dont les enquêteurs se seraient servi pour accuser la Libye.
Interview du journaliste Pierre Péan qui enquête depuis longtemps sur l’attentat de Lockerbie.
Obituary — French Investigative Journalist Pierre Péan Dies at 81
Remembering French Investigative Journalist Pierre Péan (March 5 1938 – July 25 2019)
Remembering French Investigative Journalist Pierre Péan (March 5 1938 – July 25 2019) [UPDATE : The power of reflection time]