“Spanish dispatcher Carlos” who allegedly worked in Boryspil airport and reported in Twitter about Ukrainian fighter jets chasing Malaysian MH17 plane said that he received 48,000 dollars from Russia. This was reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and a group of Romanian journalists investigators RISE Project.
Carlos claimed to have fled Kyiv after his social-media posts prompted death threats against him from supporters of the Euromaidan protests that swept Ukraine’s Moscow-friendly president, Viktor Yanukovych, from power in February of that year. The segment featured posts from the Twitter account attributed to the guest: @spainbuca.
This man, however, was a fabulist. And two months later, the Twitter account shown in the interview would launch one of the most notorious and enduring hoaxes of the Ukraine conflict -- one that would later be cited by a top Russian military official and, ultimately, President Vladimir Putin himself.
No evidence ever emerged that such a Spanish air-traffic controller actually worked at Boryspil, and @spainbuca was suspended by Twitter shortly after its MH17 tweets. Journalists and social-media users widely dismissed "Carlos" as a ruse.
Bloggers and social-media users, meanwhile, dug up digital clues - including photographs from a now-deleted Facebook profile - about a man they believed to be Carlos. This man's purported name was Jose Carlos Barrios Sanchez, and he appeared to have ties to Romania. But few verified details about him or his background emerged.
Romanian authorities discovered something else about the suspected con man: He was wanted in Spain, which had issued a European warrant for his arrest on charges of forgery and misappropriation.
Romania decided to hand Sanchez over to Spain. A day after his detention at the airport, the Bucharest Court of Appeals ordered his arrest pending his transfer to Spanish authorities within 29 days.
We were unable to establish the outcome of the Spanish fraud case. We do know that a Madrid criminal court in October 2010 ordered a search for Sanchez to compel him to serve a six-month prison sentence, according to a Spanish court document that does not indicate the underlying charges.
Sanchez, who claimed to be in Bucharest, agreed to meet with us the following day at a shopping center next to the airport where he was detained nearly five years ago. But refused to meet later.
Sanchez also made some more sensational claims: He said that he had received "a lot of money, very large sums, from transfers that came from Russia." He claimed that he had been "told what I had to write" on his Twitter account.
He also claimed that he had received wire transfers from RT "a lot earlier" than his May 2014 interview with the network's Spanish-language channel, and that the alleged transfers were compensation for "what I was writing."
Sanchez claimed to have received a total of $48,000 from Russian sources as payment for his turn as "Carlos the Spanish Air-Traffic Controller."
RT denied ever making such payments.
As it was reported earlier Dutch edition of independent journalistic investigation Zembla published the names of suspected in the case of crash of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, that performed a flight Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur above Donbas in 2014.
The edition says that the Security Service of Ukraine determined the group of seven people involved in this incident. The names of Russian military servicemen – Igor Girikin (Strelkov), Serhey Dubynskyi and Nikolay Tkachev – are in the list of suspects.
Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17, was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims,196, were Dutch, but there were citizens of other nine countries as well.