The scandal began with worldwide news reports by WWN reporter Greg Burdette. In a live report, Burdette was seen in the ruined Białystok. Burdette accused GDI and its Commander Mark Jamison Sheppard of committing a massacre of the town for Tiberium smuggling. The report caused a global outrage. As a result, the United Nations cut the financial support from GDI while they conducted an inquiry. General Sheppard made a public appearance trying to dismiss those claims.
It was later learned that the report was part of a plan by Kane to undermine GDI's support and financial backing and the report itself was recorded in a greenscreen room.
Although Kane's plan appeared to succeed, the United Nations Security Council was already convinced of GDI's innocence in the scandal. Using their apparent weakness, GDI managed to turn the tables on Nod.