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Some Alternative Theories Of Gonzalo Lira’s “Disappearance”

Lira has not checked in publicly since Friday April 15. He has said to start worrying after 12 hours.

He has also said that if he disappears, to blame The Daily Beast.

Lira claimed that the Daily Beast’s request for comment to Ukraine was a surreptitious way of alerting them to his presence. (See the below from their profile of him.)

“Lira has claimed that the Zelensky administration sent men to his home in Kharkiv to disappear him, but that he miraculously avoided them and was at least recently hiding out in an undisclosed location in the city. The Ukrainian government did not respond to a request for comment, but many experts doubt the veracity of this account, and question whether he’s really still in Kharkiv.”

But the whole world could see his broadcasts were very publicly from Ukraine and Lira himself told us when he was in Kiev and Kharkiv.

Meanwhile, I searched Telegram for “Gonzalo Lira” and the result was two user accounts, Gonzalo_Lira and Gonzalo_Liraprivate.

They aren’t verified accounts. Someone else who corresponds with him could advise as to whether either one is authentic.

As of 3:37 AM on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 they both say “Last seen recently.”

“Recently” means 1-3 days.

The truth is that we don’t know where Lira is.

If the Azov Battalion had him, they would have posted a photo or video by now.

Absent any data to establish that he is actually captured or dead, I assume he has either gone into hiding or been taken to a safe place by the Russians.

If the latter is true, they are no doubt aware of the narrative opportunity his disappearance offers.

Now everyone is upset and worried, and they are blaming Azov and the Americans.

If Lira himself has decided to hide, it could be for his safety, or it could be a stunt for publicity.

You might say that’s a cynical view but I never heard of this film industry personality until he started reporting from Kiev a short time ago, and deliberately staying in a war zone.

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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal (Dossy). All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.

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