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Larry Flynt Protects Nude Photos of Jessica Lynch

Yes, the rumors are true, there are pornographic pictures of Jessica Lynch. I wonder why the vaunted American Free Press has buried this story? Could it be that this news would tarnish the "wholesome Girl Next Door" image of America's latest Psyops Star. Nah....................
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Larry Flynt protects nude photos of Jessica Lynch
Tue 11 November, 2003 21:30

By Gina Keating

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Porn king Larry Flynt, casting himself in the unlikely role of white knight to U.S. Army private Jessica Lynch, said on Tuesday he bought semi-nude photos of the former POW "to keep them out of circulation."

The Hustler publisher and free speech crusader said he acquired the snapshots of Lynch from two soldiers who served with her. The slight blond became a national hero after she was wounded and taken prisoner during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March.

"I purchased them at first with the intention of publishing them, however, I quickly changed my mind and decided simply to keep them out of circulation," Flynt said in a statement. "If Jessica Lynch wants to join the army and see the world, and if she wants to have a good time while she's at it, I'm not here to judge her."

Flynt, a vocal critic of the Iraq conflict, described Lynch as a pawn in the U.S. government's "cynical attempt to create a 'hero' who can 'sell' the war to the American people."

"But Jessica Lynch is not a hypocrite," he said. "She's a victim of the media and the Government, co-conspirators desperate to justify the war in Iraq."

The photos reportedly feature a topless Lynch romping with two men at Fort Bliss, Texas, where she was stationed before shipping off to Iraq earlier this year.

A spokesman for Lynch's publisher, Alfred Knopf, could not immediately be reached for comment. Knopf on Tuesday launched "I Am A Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story," her authorised biography.

Lynch, a supply clerk, was riding in a convoy on March 23 when her company was ambushed near Nassiriya. Eleven soldiers died and nine were wounded. Army officials initially reported that Lynch fought desperately before being captured. Officials released a video showing her dramatic rescue from the Iraqi hospital by U.S. Special Forces.

Lynch later said she had not fired a single bullet because her weapon jammed, and she was injured when her Humvee was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and crashed. The Army acknowledged that the convoy blundered into the ambush after getting lost and that many of the unit's weapons malfunctioned during the battle.

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