CNN’s Paul Cruickshank Suggests Right-Wing ‘False Flag’ During Unfolding Manchester Report

Amidst the horrific news and footage that came out of Manchester last night, CNN Terror Analyst Paul Cruickshank was a reporting live on Anderson Cooper’s AC360. Live television during the earliest moments of a story such as this apparent suicide bombing are among the trickiest moments of live cable news, as the hosts and reporters are left to fill air with very little reporting and a fair amount of speculation.

It was during such a moment in the 8:00 hour last night where Cruickshank — a well-respected expert on terrorism and security — dropped a rather nuanced point that has raised eyebrows among many conservatives.

After suggesting evidence of a suicide bomber as culprit to the horrible attack at the Ariana Grande concert, Cruickshank went out of his way to remind viewers that there may be other explanations behind the attack. “It must also be noted that in recent months in Europe, there’s been a number of false flag plots where right wing have been trying to blame Islamists for terrorism,” before adding “we have seen that in Germany in recent weeks.”

This is a clip that will likely draw outrage from those who think that Mr. Cruickshank unfairly referenced a “false flag” OR/AND? it will draw outrage from those on the left who just don’t understand why this is such a big deal.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.

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