by David Phinney
Thursday July 18th 2019

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Who is Alexis Debat?

Former ABC News terrorism consultant gets roughed up by his former boss and others for allegedly faking interviews under his byline:

Former President Bill Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan have added their names to the list of people who say they were the subjects of fake interviews published in a French foreign affairs journal under the name of Alexis Debat, a former ABC News consultant. ABC News

Debat was a consultant on terrorism for ABC News for five years until this June, when ABC News officials demanded his resignation after he failed to satisfy questions raised about his academic credentials.
I recall pitching a story to Debat once. He said he had it great at ABC and was once handed $20,000 in cash to travel in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

ABC hired Mr. Debat as a consultant in November 2001. Mr. Debat said: “I was on the ABC payroll. They sent me to Pakistan.” He called himself a consultant who also reported information for the network. He said he even occasionally shot video that the network used.

He also told me he was a former high-level official with the French Ministry of Defense, something that that French officials are not discrediting via The New York Times:

And the French Ministry of Defense tried to debunk his claims to have been an official or adviser in the ministry, saying he was little more than an intern…. Mr. Debat said the French government was out to discredit him because he had appeared on television identified as a former Defense Ministry official.

Rue89 runs through the allegations of dirty laundry in How Alexis Debat managed to cheat everyone in Washington.

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