Hormuz Rashomon: About that 'Filipino Monkey'

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David Brown of Navy Times talks about the "Filipino Monkey"

On today's show, we talked with David Brown of the Navy Times about the Jan. 6 incident in the Strait of Hormuz, when U.S. ships off the coast of Iran were approached by several small Iranian boats. Brown raises the possibility — just the possibility — that the threat coming over the radio came not from the Iranian boats, but from a prankster.

Wherever the truth lies, one fact that has come out of the story is that the audio and video above were mixed together by the Pentagon, to give, in their words, a "better sense of what is happening." This must be what Iran was talking about when they claimed the U.S. fabricated the audio of the incident. Not so much fabricated, but remixed. Either way, we didn't know the Pentagon had iMovie, and it freaks us out a bit.

By way of comparison, check out the footage from Iranian state-run TV:



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