Man claiming to be missing Vietnam vet in new documentary is actually a well-known con man, U.S. says

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InUnclaimed, the much-hyped new documentary by Canadian director Michael Jorgensen, filmmakers follow a 76-year-old man discovered in the Vietnamese jungle who claims to be a former Green Beret pining for his American family.

In the movie, Mr. Jorgenson— the film’s Alberta-born, Emmy-award-winning director, who has previously led film expeditions to dig up the grave of the Mad Trapper of Rat River and examine the mysterious wreckage of a crashed nuclear bomber in the B.C. interior — explores the story of Master Sgt. John Hartley Robertson, a Green Beret whose helicopter was shot down over Laos in 1968.

After its much-vaunted premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival on Tuesday, the film is set for its U.S. debut this Sunday at the G.I. Film Festival, a Washington, D.C.-based festival themed around the portrayal of American service members.

But, according to U.S. authorities, the film’s producers — and the American woman…

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