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Nato's General Wesley Clark
"With less than a second to go he caught a flash of movement"
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Nato Spokesman Jamie Shea
"The speeded up video in no way changes the reality of the situation"
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Friday, 7 January, 2000, 19:10 GMT
Nato missile video 'no distortion'

General Wesley Clark General Wesley Clark said there was no time to avert the attack

Nato has denied that it showed a speeded up video of the controversial bombing of a civilian train during the Kosovo conflict to distort what happened during the attack.

The incident, which Nato said was a tragic accident, took place last April on a railway bridge 250km (155 miles) southeast of Belgrade which Nato said was a vital supply line for Serbian troops in Kosovo.

It showed exactly the same phenomenon as a slowed down video
Jamie Shea

Footage taken from a video camera mounted on a missile was shown at a Nato press conference hosted by General Wesley Clark to show how quickly the train appeared.

Military chiefs implied that the pilot had little time to withdraw from the attack which killed several passengers and injured many others.

But now it has emerged the footage was running at up to three times the normal speed throwing doubt on Nato's version of events.

Nato spokesman Jamie Shea Jamie Shea: footage did not disort reality
Nato spokesman Jamie Shea said the speeded-up video was caused by a "technical phenomenon" rather than human manipulation.

He said the video's speed was doubled after it went through a target analysis computer, to expedite the processing of hundreds of other videos of Nato's raids. But it was not returned to normal screen before the press screening.

The Nato spokesman said the alteration in no way changed the reality of the situation.

"We've done a very extensive analysis of this which shows the pilot was totally unable to realise, to know before releasing his weapon that a train would appear on the bridge," he said.

"It showed exactly the same phenomenon as a slowed down video."

Mr Shea said it was not a deliberate attempt to distort the evidence and pledged that Nato would ensure the situation did not happen in future.

He said Nato had tried to be open about its actions and had got it right 99.9% of the time.

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