It just strikes me that fiction writer extraordinary could have kept his profitable gig – and I mean profitable in the direct sense of the word, what with news now coming out he pocketed donations made out to Syrian orphans of his own invention – if he’d stuck to a few simple rules:
First, he should have worked alone. His scam was only ended by the dogged (and uncompensated) persistence of his suspicious partner, Juan Moreno.
Second, he should have stuck to reporting about Arabs and Ukrainians with low English proficiency whose invented narratives synced with broad Western geopolitical interests, instead of tangling with Americans.
It is particularly notable that his atrocity propaganda about the Maidan massacre, which involved the hyperbolic and easily refutable claim that anti-Yanukovych protesters in Kiev were rolled over by tanks – even though Yanukovych never deployed tanks to Kiev in 2014 – not only passed muster when it was published in 2016, but has remained unmentioned to date in Western media coverage of this affair. Indeed, RT.com appears to be the only media outlet that has investigated Relotius’ reporting on the Ukraine.
Had Relotius followed this advice, he could have kept writing fake news and scamming his readers for many more years.
But in the end it was Drumpf Derangement that did him in.