The US State Department never denied the authenticity of the video, and even issued an apology to the European Union after Nuland is heard on the tape saying, "#### the E.U." Mainstream media at the time focused almost exclusively on that off-color remark, ignoring the greater significance of U.S. interference in Ukraineís internal affairs.
Consortium News has numerous times embedded the YouTube video in articles about the overthrow of Yanukovych. CN successfully embedded it earlier this week in an article now being written, but on Wednesday the video suddenly appeared this way in the draft article:
Timing of Removal
The removal of a video that had existed online for eight years raises major questions as it comes during the war in Ukraine. Corporate media has studiously avoided mentioning the causes of the current conflict, including NATO eastward expansion, the rejected Moscow treaty proposals in December, the civil war in Donbass and the 2014 coup in Kiev that led to the Donbass uprising and violent repression by the coup government.
The coup in 2014 is the starting point that led to all these events culminating in Russiaís invasion in February. Removing the video would be consistent with the suppression of any information that falls outside the enforced narrative of events in Ukraine, including whitewashing any mention of the U.S.-backed coup.
It was the original, most complete, and widely viewed recording of the call on YouTube:
Transcript Still Online
The BBC on Feb. 7, 2014 ó 14 days before Yanukovych was toppled- ó published a transcript of the Nuland-Pyatt conversation. Consortium News is republishing the transcript here, lest it be removed from the internet as well:
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Voice thought to be Nulandís: What do you think?
Voice thought to be Pyattís: I think weíre in play. The Klitschko [Vitaly Klitschko, one of three main opposition leaders] piece is obviously the complicated electron here. Especially the announcement of him as deputy prime minister and youíve seen some of my notes on the troubles in the marriage right now so weíre trying to get a read really fast on where he is on this stuff. But I think your argument to him, which youíll need to make, I think thatís the next phone call you want to set up, is exactly the one you made to Yats [Arseniy Yatseniuk, another opposition leader]. And Iím glad you sort of put him on the spot on where he fits in this scenario. And Iím very glad that he said what he said in response.
Nuland: Good. I donít think Klitsch should go into the government. I donít think itís necessary, I donít think itís a good idea.
Pyatt: Yeah. I guessÖ in terms of him not going into the government, just let him stay out and do his political homework and stuff. Iím just thinking in terms of sort of the process moving ahead we want to keep the moderate democrats together. The problem is going to be Tyahnybok [Oleh Tyahnybok, the other opposition leader] and his guys and Iím sure thatís part of what [President Viktor] Yanukovych is calculating on all this.
Nuland: [Breaks in] I think Yats is the guy whoís got the economic experience, the governing experience. Heís theÖ what he needs is Klitsch and Tyahnybok on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week, you know. I just think Klitsch going inÖ heís going to be at that level working for Yatseniuk, itís just not going to work.
Pyatt: Yeah, no, I think thatís right. OK. Good. Do you want us to set up a call with him as the next step?
Nuland: My understanding from that call Ė but you tell me Ė was that the big three were going into their own meeting and that Yats was going to offer in that context aÖ three-plus-one conversation or three-plus-two with you. Is that not how you understood it?
Pyatt: No. I thinkÖ I mean thatís what he proposed but I think, just knowing the dynamic thatís been with them where Klitschko has been the top dog, heís going to take a while to show up for whatever meeting theyíve got and heís probably talking to his guys at this point, so I think you reaching out directly to him helps with the personality management among the three and it gives you also a chance to move fast on all this stuff and put us behind it before they all sit down and he explains why he doesnít like it.
Nuland: OK, good. Iím happy. Why donít you reach out to him and see if he wants to talk before or after.
Pyatt: OK, will do. Thanks.
Nuland: OKÖ one more wrinkle for you Geoff. [A click can be heard] I canít remember if I told you this, or if I only told Washington this, that when I talked to Jeff Feltman [United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs] this morning, he had a new name for the UN guy Robert Serry did I write you that this morning?
Pyatt: Yeah I saw that.
Nuland: OK. Heís now gotten both Serry and [UN Secretary General] Ban Ki-moon to agree that Serry could come in Monday or Tuesday. So that would be great, I think, to help glue this thing and to have the UN help glue it and, you know, #### the EU.
Pyatt: No, exactly. And I think weíve got to do something to make it stick together because you can be pretty sure that if it does start to gain altitude, that the Russians will be working behind the scenes to try to torpedo it. And again the fact that this is out there right now, Iím still trying to figure out in my mind why Yanukovych (garbled) that. In the meantime thereís a Party of Regions faction meeting going on right now and Iím sure thereís a lively argument going on in that group at this point. But anyway we could land jelly side up on this one if we move fast. So let me work on Klitschko and if you can just keepÖ we want to try to get somebody with an international personality to come out here and help to midwife this thing. The other issue is some kind of outreach to Yanukovych but we probably regroup on that tomorrow as we see how things start to fall into place.
Nuland: So on that piece Geoff, when I wrote the note [US vice-presidentís national security adviser Jake] Sullivanís come back to me VFR [direct to me], saying you need [US Vice-President Joe] Biden and I said probably tomorrow for an atta-boy and to get the deets [details] to stick. So Bidenís willing.
Pyatt: OK. Great. Thanks." https://www.zerohedge.com/political/nuland-pyatt-ukraine-coup-tape-removed-youtube-after-8-years