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“There is a building in Zemonekozi - a settlement to the south of Tskhinval that was fiercely defended by a Georgian special operations squad. Upon clearing the building, Russian peacekeepers recovered, among other documents, an American passport in the name of Michael Lee White of Texas," said Nogovitsyn.
Originally posted by calcoastseeker
This is known BS.The man whose name appears on the passport had his passport stolen 4 years ago while in one of the "Stans". Kyrgyzstan I believe.
He had it replaced by the state department so he could return home. He was at home in Texas when all that went down in Georgia. He recently went to China about a day before Russia came up with the stolen/lost passport.
He works as a English teacher. He is not a Backwater employee nor a mercenary. Americans travel all over the world on peaceful humanitarian purposes all the time.Why you people think that everybody works for Blackwater or Haliburton is beyond me.
Stop spreading dis-information and believing every thing the Russians say or you read in the alternative press.
Russiatoday is not a very good source of truthful information. It is the Russian version of the National Enquirer.
A mercenary walking around with his passport on his person in a combat zone and is so careless that he drops it?!
Get real,this is BS.
Do you people really think that Georgia would need to hire mercs to fight?
It wouldn't be Americans anyway.It would be South Africans or some other country.Georgians couldn't afford American mercs.
[edit on 12-9-2008 by calcoastseeker]
White was born in 1967, the son of Philip L. White, later a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Texas. White served in the United States Army from 1992 to 1997 as a Petroleum Supply Specialist in Germany, Bosnia and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He drove fuel trucks, fueled helicopters, and, according to a resume posted on the internet (which he says he wrote ), he graduated from Air Assault training school in 1993. Although part of the curriculum of this school includes training in the application of infiltration and extraction techniques (such as Special Patrol Insertion Extraction or SPIES), it is very common for soldiers with non-elite specialties to attend the 10-day course. This is especially true for soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell (the location of the school) and assigned to the 101st Infantry Division (Air Assault), as this entire division is supposed to be able to perform the helicopter air assault operations taught by the school.
After leaving the military, White earned a degree and got his first teaching assignment in Beijing, China in 1998. It was the first of many travels around the world, including teaching stints in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam, and studies at University of Melbourne in Australia and the University of Essex in England.  The Wall Street Journal reported that he married and later separated from a Kazakh citizen.