Mysterious

Hijacked Russian Ship Carried Missiles?

Suspicions are emerging that call into question the story involving the Russian cargo ship supposedly hijacked by pirates somewhere near the English Channel. Now, a European Union maritime official has said that the most plausible scenario he can envision is one in which the Russians were secretly transporting missiles to the Middle East before they were intercepted by Israelis. Meanwhile, the reporter who broke the story about the ship has fled to Istanbul after receiving a frightening phone call that told him to "get the hell out of Russia." Thus far, the 15-man crew of the ship as well as the alleged hijackers have both been mostly silent about what occurred at sea. One crew member sarcastically told the media they "were in the Bermuda Triangle and the pirates fed us ice cream" while the accused hijackers claim "they are ecologists who ran out of gas in the Baltic."