Former CIA Contract Pilot Tosh Plumlee: “There are many more American soldiers like Willy Joseph Cancel already in Ukraine”

And, Plumlee asserts, that is not all. He has, for multiple decades, personally engaged in the CIA’s use of such programs beginning in the 1950s and, for the next five decades, continuing on part-time consulting work to the present day. This methodology has been practiced all along, since he flew his first missions.

For more on Tosh’s legendary background as a swashbuckling pilot flying arms into Nicaragua, then returning the aircraft, now laden with drugs, back into U.S. military airbases, see HERE. Despite all of that, even as this was all playing out, he was making repeated efforts to testify to Congress as a “Whistleblower” (before the law recognizing their legal rightswhich is not always equitably followed-Ed.) wishing to report the crimes in which he was forced* to participate, and for many years his reputation was forever “blemished” by the gaslighting done by the CIA and FBI as a result. *through the circumstances of his contracted employment, forced to participate.

Mr. and Mrs. Cancel, on their wedding day. Photo originally posted on Facebook and previously published in the New York Post 4/28/2022

The death of the first American ex-soldier did not happen in the manner now being widely reported by the MSMwhich is along the lines that this young married man, father of a baby, had longed to return to battle. He has been painted by the media to have been so obsessed with Ukraine’s cause that he impulsively, on his own, decided to become a “soldier of fortune” and head off to war, believing his presence there would make a big difference.

The real news is that he had been retained, and paid a large sum, long before, on a “whenever the opportunity presents” basis. He wasn’t the only American who had been so recruited. Indeed, the New York Times reported last week that around the time of Cancel’s death, two other Americans, Paul K. Gray, 42, of Tyler, Texas, and Manus E. McCaffery, 20, of Parma, Ohio, both of whom had served in the U.S. Army, were injured when a Russian artillery shell hit their fighting position in Zolotoye in Eastern Ukraine. And there are many others who are now ensconced in similar fashion into the Russia – Ukraine War, as noted further below.

Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, died as a result of being recruited, through a sign-on bonus believed to be $10,000 paid some months previously, by a private military contracting company to fight in Ukraine. One must ask themselves whether that might be a project that anyone, or any entity, in their right mind would’ve taken on merely because they favored one side or another in wartime conditions? The risk to a private corporation’s continued solvency would be in constant jeopardy given the potential costs of recruiting personnel, and losing them; I will leave it to the reader to work through what that might entail.

The obvious answer to this puzzle is that such a creation could only exist with the financial backing of one or more of the “Alphabet Agencies,” maybe the one located in Northern Virginia, across the Potomac River and the George Washington Parkway from Washington, DC.


The following information comes directly from William “Tosh” Plumlee and has been edited for proper context. Tosh explained how he had been contacted by a person, whom he wants to remain anonymous, who is currently employed within the Pentagon.

The narrative below came from an email dated February 3, 2022, approximately one month before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was not due to anyone’s clairvoyance that a prediction was stated by this person who knew that the military and intelligence services were already taking many steps to ramp up calls for “soldiers of fortune.”

ANONYMOUS SOURCE:  “Private contractors were currently hiring mercenaries and ex-U.S. military S.O.F. [Soldier of Fortune] for Ukraine service; also, as I told you it would only be a matter of time before we lost an American citizen-fighter in a Ukraine-Russian war”.

TOSH PLUMLEE:  “Yes, it was an old operation which had been used many times before.

ANONYMOUS SOURCE:  “Do you know of any American military personnel operating in Ukraine?”

TOSH PLUMLEE: Explaining that he hadn’t, he stated: “This operation is similar to an old 1983-86 Iran-contra project run by Ollie North, the White House, and the Pentagon: ref; Iran-Contra hearings. Senator John Kerry, Senator Gary Hart, Senate Arms Service committee. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; documented.  These are cut-out companies financed by the U.S. Government, Pentagon, and U.S. State Department.  It is an old CIA, Pentagon, operation; a very hush-hush operation that has been in force for decades-  “Private armies-private contractors”.

ANONYMOUS SOURCE: “Remember when I told you private contractors were hiring mercenaries and ex-U.S. military for Ukraine service and it was an old operation used many times before?  (February 3, 2022) Also, I told you it would only be a matter of time before we lost an American citizen, a fighter, in the Ukraine-Russian war?

Currently, there are 168 ex-U.S. servicemen in the Ukraine training and being active fighters on the front line. We, the U.S, are active and have U.S. citizens, ex-servicemen, participating in this Ukraine-Russian war.  These ex-servicemen are employed by private U.S. companies (‘Cut-Outs’) that have been awarded secret U.S. State Department contracts.

TOSH PLUMLEE: This procedure effectively extends the Pentagon’s reach into the middle of conflicts about which the U. S. military has never been authorized to participate. Yet, through the privately run—publicly financed arrangement, they can nevertheless put their “boots on the ground.”

This has been a decades-old  (covert-CIA-Pentagon) practice. These private (classified) contractsto private American companiestotal millions of taxpayer monies. It is a very hush-hush, ongoing, CIA/Pentagon, White House, operation.  Remember “Black-Water” and the “School of the Americas”?

An example of this kind of operation is illustrated in a 1987 CBS News broadcast with Connie Chung, then hosting the Eye to Eye news program, with Bernard Goldberg reporting on the suspected murder of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow (the video is shown below).

A fellow-whistleblower friend of Tosh’s, Gene Wheaton, was quoted in a 1994 Newsweek magazine article as to what happened:

Gene Wheaton, a former military investigator retained by the Sabow family, says the navy’s criminal-investigation service is notably less competent than those of the other armed services. “They don’t think like copsthey think like bureaucrats,” he says. “They want to go in and close the whole thing out.” Wheaton also claims the marine brass is concealing a pattern of covert arms smuggling that is “a continuation of Iran-contra” — and he implies that Sabow must have known something illegal was going on.

Someone evidently decided that Col. Sabow was getting too close to a major national scandal in his on-going investigation into the use of the El Toro Marine Air Base for the importation of massive amounts of drugs from Central America. Bernie Goldberg introduced the Sabow matter on Connie Chung’s program after interviewing Tosh and Gene Wheaton. 

Also, presented below is a video of Morley Safer interviewing Tosh Plumlee (circa 1986) on 60 Minutes about this very subject:

[Tosh]: I believe the media (U.S.MSM) will be breaking this story very soon . . . until then you have it first, and it too is ‘before the fact’.

As always, the White House, U.S. State Department, and CIA will take issue and say they know nothing about those current operations. HOWEVER, PREVIOUS DOCUMENTATION AND INTERVIEWS STATE OTHERWISE.  The CBS 60min interviews, Marine Col  James Sabow, and the 60 min “Our Planes are Missing” are but two references that support the ongoing operations.

5 thoughts on “Former CIA Contract Pilot Tosh Plumlee: “There are many more American soldiers like Willy Joseph Cancel already in Ukraine”

  1. I don’t like anonymous sources but the CIA’s use of “private” contractors in almost every war is a well-researched and vetted truth. Putin might know something when he says that the US has declared war on Russia. This could be an exact redux of Afghanistan where we supply covert trainers, arms, and some combat personnel to show the folks on the ground how to kill Russians. Killing Russians has been a tradition in the CIA since 1947. If this in fact the way things are shaking out it matters little how much or little Biden sends to Ukraine because once it is on the CIA’s watch they have their own unlimited funds and weapons to bring to the table.

    Why would the CIA want to restart the cold war? $KaChing! And we are once again caught between the threat of nuclear destruction and the greed of the military industrial complex. Ukraine is going to see a new kind of drone developed and shipped every month and Russian troops are going to go into a meat grinder every time they cross the Ukraine border. Gorbachev was in charge when they lost Afghanistan and he was pushed out of power. The coming loss of the war in Ukraine will be the end of Putin. And another star for the wall at Langley. If we are not all dead.


  2. Looks good to me… we’ll see what happens.  I think the story will just go away and the dead Marine, “what was his name?” like the private contractors, will be forgotten.


  3. Phil,

    Tosh Plumlee is a fraud. His real name is Stuart Sutor. I have his fbi file for forging pilots licenses.


    1. You need to read the blog I wrote in defense of Tosh, which explains in painstaking detail how he has been gaslighted for over 50 years. It appears you were either duped by that same FBI/CIA ongoing program, or that you are being well paid for your assistance in perpetuating those myths. Please go to this blog: and see if you can rebut any of it with something more than “I have his fbi file for forging pilots licenses” I explained all about that very issue. BTW, you really need to get a life.


    2. Careful what you say about me. Perhaps someday you will learn how to read documents and learn how to do valid research. After fifty-plus years, I’m starting to get tired of idiots, like you, who know nothing about that era trying to fit their unfounded crazy theories into the historical record. You know nothing about me or my past activities. You’re still wet behind the ears.., a little boy; a pimple on an elephant’s ass looking for a place to pop.
      Thank You for your interest: The real Tosh Plumlee


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