Scott Ritter

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(Soldier, Whistleblower)
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BornJuly 15, 1961
Gainesville, Florida
Alma materFranklin and Marshall College
ExposedOperation Mass Appeal
Member ofVeteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Interests • 2003 Iraq War
• 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
UN weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998, who exposed the lies about Saddam's WMDs.

William Scott Ritter, Jr. was a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. He was chief inspector in fourteen of the more than thirty inspection missions in which he participated.

He became a major voice of opposition in the run-up to, and during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, being one of the few analysts who were right about non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

On 11 January 2023, Scott Ritter wrote about the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and concluded:

"There is an old Russian saying, 'A Russian harnesses slowly but rides fast.' This appears to be what is transpiring regarding the Russian-Ukraine conflict.
"2023 appears to be shaping up as a year of continued violent confrontation leading to a decisive Russian military victory."[1]


He was later jailed on underage sex charges after multiple US police sting operations, first in 2001, then 2009. In October 2011 he received a sentence of one and a half to five and a half years in prison; he was paroled in September 2014.

'Scott Ritter; Ukraine, Finland and Nato, a Warning to the People of Finland'


A Document by Scott Ritter

TitleDocument typeSubject(s)Description
Document:Russophobia - Reaping the WhirlwindArticle2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
UN Charter
Vladimir Putin’s order to begin partial mobilisation of Russian military forces continues a confrontation between Russia and a US-led coalition of Western nations that began at the end of the Cold War.


Quotes by Scott Ritter

William Arkin“the signature style of Arkin and his Pentagon handlers [is] a sort of Orwellian double-speak where one can rest assured whatever bold statement is made, the truth is the exact opposite.”1 September 2022Consortium News
NATO“We had a moment in history, between 1988 and 1991, where we could have worked with Mikhail Gorbachev to make his vision of perestroika succeed. Instead, we allowed him to fail, without any real plan on how we would live with what emerged from the ruins of the Soviet Union. Save for a short period of time during the Second World War where we needed the Soviet Union to defeat Germany and Japan, we have been in a continual state of political conflict with the Soviet Union. Even after the Soviet Union collapsed, we viewed the Russian Federation more as a defeated enemy that we needed to keep down, than a friend in need of a helping hand up.”2021Dissident Voice
Yuri Nosenko“The highlight of the event came when we entered an auditorium and saw a man onstage wearing a wig, a fake beard and mustache, and makeup designed to alter the angles of his face — either for his own protection or to heighten the Reagan-era theatrics, we couldn’t be sure. He was introduced as Yuri Nosenko, a defector from the KGB. Nosenko proceeded to regale us with tales of the wicked and bellicose Soviet Union, whose details coincidentally matched almost every talking point in the latest edition of Soviet Military Power. This was exciting stuff. For the better part of a week, we had been the recipients of dull presentations from DIA staff. Now we were listening to an actual acolyte of evil, whose indictment included not only the military elite but also the common people, and we soaked it up.
Nosenko, in other words, had been dead wrong....I should have been even more skeptical about my own government’s motivations for showcasing Nosenko.”