VIA| is announcing a $5,000 bounty to find the tape of John McCain praising his N. Vietnamese captors.

Why do we know that tape exists?

We know, in part, thanks to Ron Unz’s article about McCain’s war service. Family friends of Charles C. Johnson’s grandfather, who was himself a Rear Admiral, have also told Johnson that they heard those broadcasts when stationed abroad.

The tape is relevant because of conflicting accounts John McCain has given about his service in Vietnam. He has said that his arm was broken by his captors but here he is saying that his arm was damaged when he got shot down.

McCain’s erratic behavior has long been the subject of intense scrutiny. He hired the disgraced shill for the Syria war–Elizabeth O’Bagy–that Charles C. Johnson exposed as a paid operative for the Syrian rebels.

O’Bagy also faked her academic credentials and arranged McCain’s trip to a rebel group that later affiliated with ISIS.

Here he is pictured with O’Bagy in Ukraine.


On June 6, 1969, The Stars and Stripes published the following article [transcription by].

Tape Has McCain’s Son Praising Red Doctors

Saigon (UPI) — The son of the U.S. commander in the Pacific said that despite bombing civilian targets in North Vietnam he has received “very good medical treatment” since being shot down, according to Radio Hanoi.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. John S. McCain III, downed over North Vietnam 20 months ago, was presented as saying Wednesday in a taped broadcast that North Vietnamese doctors performed an operation enabling him to walk again.

McCain, who reportedly suffered a broken leg and arm when he ejected from his jet, is the son of Adm. John McCain Jr., commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific theater, which includes Vietnam. [Editor’s note: McCain has claimed that his arm is broken because it was repeatedly broken by his captors but there’s not a lot of evidence that substantiates that claim.]

The English-language broadcast monitored in Saigon was one of a recent series from American prisoners in North Vietnam beamed into South Vietnam by Radio Hanoi.

The series apparently was initiated in response to Defense Secretary Melvin Laird’s May 19 statement that there were “serious questions” about wether U.S. prisoners were receiving humane treatment.

“I have bombed the cities, towns and villages and caused injuries and even death for the people of North Vietnam,” a voice identified as McCain’s said in the broadcast. 

“After I was captured, I was taken to a hospital in Hanoi where I received very good medical treatment. I was given an operation on my leg which enabled me to walk again and a cast on my right arm, which was badly broken in three places.” 

McCain, who was shot down in October 1967, is one of an estimated 300 to 600 American airmen being held in North Vietnam.