Noam Chomsky said:
James LeMoyne is an absolute crook, he’s one of the most dishonest journalists I’ve ever seen.
1. Voters shot dead by guerrillas:
Before the elections in El Salvador in 1988 LeMoyne reported that two men registered to vote and later had their registration cards put in their mouths by guerrillas who then shot them dead. The State Department used this story to show Congress how the guerrillas were undermining the elections.
LeMoyne reported the story as if he had been in that part of the country. Which was odd because the military did not allow reporters to go there. Stranger still: LeMoyne was not even in El Salvador at the time!
What LeMoyne did not tell us is that he copied the story out of a newspaper in El Salvador – and then left out the part that it was just something some army officer said!
As it turned out, one of the two voters was very much alive and the other one had never been born!
2. Nicaragua supplying arms to the guerrillas:
After peace was made in Central America in 1987, much against American wishes, LeMoyne reported there was “ample evidence” that Nicaragua was supplying arms to the guerrillas in El Salvador. He and others at the Times repeated this over and over again. But they would not say what the “ample evidence” was. Because, as it turned out, there was no ample evidence: it was just hearsay.
3. Weakening support for the guerrillas:
In 1988 most observers said that 20,000 came out for the May Day parade in El Salvador, yet LeMoyne said it was only 3,000. He said this showed weakening support for the guerrillas since two years before 40,000 came out. Except that two years before LeMoyne himself said that it was 20,000.
At each turn his printed lies supported the American foreign policy favoured by the US Embassy, the rich and powerful in El Salvador – and by his editor back in New York, A.M. Rosenthal.
In 1989 he wrote an article on the civil war in El Salvador for Foreign Affairs magazine.
Next he works for the United Nations.
In 2001 the UN said:
Mr LeMoyne has worked in peace processes, complex crises and peace-building for 20 years. He has been involved with the processes in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Guatemala and Colombia.
His part at the UN does not become big enough to make the news, however, till 2002 when Kofi Annan sends him to Colombia to try to make peace between the government and the FARC guerrillas.
He is now at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Switzerland, which employs people good at stopping wars.
LeMoyne was born in Germany. He grew up in Europe, Latin America and the States and is an American citizen. He went to Harvard, Oxford and the London School of Economics. He wrote for the Harvard Crimson from 1974 to 1975.