|Richard and Emily Smyth|
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Convicted Nuclear Smuggler Richard Kelly Smyth Demands $30,000 From Major International Media Outlet for Interview About His Alleged Shipping of Nuclear Weapons Components to Benjamin Netanyahu
As a consequence of the recently released FBI documents, Richard Kelly Smyth was approached by a major international media outlet seeking to interview him. In exchange for the interview about his allegations relating to Netanyahu, Smyth demanded $30,000 in cash, to be flown to Tel Aviv, and to be put up at the Tel Aviv Hilton where the interview would take place.
The major international media outlet ultimately declined the demand, sticking to a longstanding policy of not paying sources for news interviews. The cash demand also raised concerns about the credibility of the source [i.e. Smyth].