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Wikileaks Exclusive: 20 inspectors blow apart OPCW Douma, Syria false flag

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 408.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the OPCW, the global chemical weapons watchdog, faking and falsifying a report over a “chemical weapons” attack in Douma, Syria, which almost pushed the world into a conflict between the United States and Russia.

‘We were right, they were wrong,’ says Bashar al-Assad after chemical weapon watchdog laid blame on alleged gas attack.


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OPCW-DOUMA – Release Part 3, via Wikileaks…

Today WikiLeaks releases more documents showing internal disagreement within the OPCW about how facts were misrepresented in a redacted version of a report on an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018.

Amongst these is a memorandum written in protest by one of the scientists sent on a fact finding mission (FFM) to investigate the attack. It is dated 14 March 2019 and is addressed to Fernando Arias, Director General of the organisation. This was exactly two weeks after the organisation published its final report on the Douma investigation.

WikiLeaks is also releasing the original preliminary report for the first time along with the redacted version (that was released by the OPCW) for comparison. Additionally, we are publishing a detailed comparison of the original interim report with the redacted interim report and the final report along with relevant comments from a member of the original fact finding mission. These documents should help clarify the series of changes that the report went through, which skewed the facts and introduced bias according to statements made by the members of the FFM.

The aforementioned memo states that around 20 inspectors have expressed concerns over the final FFM report, which they feel “did not reflect the views of the team members that deployed to Douma”. Only one member of the fact finding team that went to Douma, a paramedic, is said to have contributed to the final version of the report. Apart from that one person, an entirely new team was gathered to assemble the final report, referred to as the “FFM core team”.

This new team was staffed with people who “had only operated in country X”, according to the memorandum. It is not clear what country that refers to, except that it is presumably not Syria. It is possible, though only speculation, that country X refers to Turkey, as OPCW has sent teams into refugee camps there to interview survivors from Douma.

The author of the memorandum states that he was the one originally tasked with analysis and assessment of the two cylinders found on the scene of the alleged chemical attack. This was a task he undertook “in the understanding [he] was clearly the most qualified team member, having been to the location in Douma and because of [his] expertise in metallurgy, chemical engineering (including pressure vessel design), artillery and Defence R&D”. He continues: “In subsequent weeks I found that I was being excluded from the work, for reasons not made clear”.

The author explains that he had frequently asked to be updated on the progress of the final report and to be allowed to review the draft, but was turned down on both counts. “The response was utmost secrecy”.

Once the final report was released on the 1st of March 2019, it became clear that the conclusions of the report had changed significantly in the hands of the new “core” team that assembled it into its final form: “At the conclusion of the in-country activities in the Syrian Arab Republic, the consensus within the FFM team was that there were indications of serious inconsistencies in findings. After the exclusion of all team members other than a small cadre of members who had deployed (and deployed again in October 2018) to Country X, the conclusion seems to have turned completely in the opposite direction. The FFM team members find this confusing, and are concerned to know how this occurred.”

Towards the end of the memo he writes:

“In conclusion, I must stress that I hold no opinion, interest or strong views on the technical part of the matter, nor any interest in the political outcomes. My interest is in sound technical rigour; the science, engineering and facts will speak for themselves.”

WikiLeaks is releasing supporting documents that back up these claims in great technical detail, including the original interim report and appraisal of the changes each iteration went through.

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Sally Snyder
Sally Snyder
December 19, 2019

Here is an article that looks at statistics from Syria’s oil and gas resources and how significant they are to potential outside investors:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/10/syrias-oil-and-natural-gas-potential.html

While Syria’s conventional reserves of both oil and natural gas are relatively small, the nation’s potential for non-conventional oil reserves is quite significant and may prove to be one of the reasons why Washington is intervening in yet another “party” to which it has not been invited.

Food for Indigestion
Food for Indigestion
Reply to  Sally Snyder
December 19, 2019

The first Washington was a party-crasher of a British empire tea-party. The latest Washington IS a British empire tea-party.

Hmph
Hmph
December 19, 2019

The ‘fix’ was in……. and without Wikileaks we wouldn’t know a darn thing about it.

Once again, we’re reminded that anyone who stands against Wikileaks is a Traitor to Truth.

Marcus
Marcus
December 19, 2019

I see the problem as an extension of the weaponization of authority structures that were designed to be impartial. An impartial judiciary, police force and ruling governmental body are only part of what contribute to a healthy society. At it’s heart is integrity. These structures underpin our civilization and this is not an understatement in my view. As long as elites (ruling classes) maintain integrity the society will prosper but when integrity is eroded, society starts to fragment and chaos increases. For quite some time, integrity is fading in our societies. I think this integrity manifests itself in varying ways… Read more »

SteveK9
SteveK9
December 19, 2019

I believe the Ghouta attack was exposed by Seymour Hersh as a false flag. Khan Shaykhun happened one day after the US announced it would no longer seek Assad’s overthrow … the idea the Syrians would do that is absurd.

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
December 19, 2019

This scandal should reverberate around the UN and the international media. The fact that western interests are able effectively bury makes it all the greater. Yet more evidence that the so-called ‘free world’ is corrupted to its very core. The Soviet system didn’t collapse it just moved west.

Eric Blair
December 20, 2019

Newsweek reporter Tareq Haddad quits after Newsweek refuses to print his piece on the latest Wikileaks drop about the OPCW report.

His letter below.
https://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/syria-crisis/3732-newsweek-opcw-tareq-haddad.html

The Grayzone interviews him.
https://youtu.be/8o6RA6C2WDM

jmg
jmg
December 20, 2019

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange is appearing at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today Friday, December 20:

> Belmarsh did not bring Julian to Westminster Magistrates’ Court as scheduled due to a Belmarsh mixup.
> So it is postponed to this afternoon.

Don’t Extradite Assange — @DEAcampaign — Twitter — Dec 20, 2019
https://twitter.com/DEAcampaign/status/1207976836560572416

jmg
jmg
Reply to  jmg
December 20, 2019

> LIVE: Assange testifies on being recorded during exile in embassy: stakeout > WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is appearing at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Friday, December 20 to testify on espionage claims during his exile at the Ecuadorian Embassy. Assange is expected to testify remotely before Spanish Judge Jose de la Mata, who is overseeing an investigation into surveillance activities of UC Global, a Spanish security firm accused of recording the WikiLeaks founder during his exile and passing the material on to the United States’ intelligence services. Director of UC Global David Morales had been detained in… Read more »

jmg
jmg
Reply to  jmg
December 20, 2019

Julian Assange arriving 1 hour ago in prison van:

> #JulianAssange just arrived at #WestminsterMagistratesCourt
> That photo was taken NOW

Isabell #FreeAssange — @Isabell89726404 — Twitter — Dec 20, 2019
https://twitter.com/Isabell89726404/status/1208051332546023424

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