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New WikiLeaks Bombshell: 20 Inspectors Dissent From Syria Chemical Attack Narrative

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Late Saturday WikiLeaks released more documents which contradict the US narrative on Assad’s use of chemical weapons, specifically related to the April 7, 2018 Douma incident, which resulted in a major US and allied tomahawk missile and air strike campaign on dozens of targets in Damascus.

The leaked documents, including internal emails of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) — which investigated the Douma site — reveal mass dissent within the UN-authorized chemical weapons watchdog organization’s ranks over conclusions previously reached by the international body which pointed to Syrian government culpability. It’s part of a growing avalanche of dissent memos and documents casting the West’s push for war in Syria in doubt (which had resulted in two major US and allied attacks on Syria).

This newly released batch, WikiLeaks reports, includes a memo stating 20 inspectors feel that the officially released version of the OPCW’s report on Douma “did not reflect the views of the team members that deployed to [Syria]”. This comes amid widespread allegations US officials brought immense pressure to bear on the organization.

The Daily Mail’s Peter Hitchens, who saw the leaked documents just prior to WikiLeaks going public with them had this to say:

Sources stress that the scientists involved are ‘non-political, utterly uninterested in any strategic implications of what they reveal’.

They just ‘feel that the OPCW has a duty to be true to its own science, and not to be influenced by political considerations as they fear it has been’.

An internal memo seen by The Mail on Sunday suggests that as many 20 OPCW staff have expressed private doubts about the suppression of information or the manipulation of evidence.

This suppression of information included key evidence which undermined claims Syrian military helicopters dropped a gas cylinder from the air, which had long been the linchpin in Washington’s accusation that “Assad gassed his own people” at Douma.

The leaks also suggest the OPCW possessed scientifically credible evidence showing the victims of the alleged attack had symptoms not consistent with chemical gas exposure (prior OPCW statements pointed to chlorine use), casting further doubt on that aspect of the investigation.

But perhaps the most important leak in the new trove of emails centers on a raging debate among scientists over whether to include in their report the phrase “chlorine containing compounds were detected” and how to qualify it — given it was found only in such trace amounts as to be consistent with common household levels of chlorine-related items.

That final report claimed there were ‘reasonable grounds’ that chlorine gas was used in Douma, but an OPCW whistleblower says only tiny quantities of chlorine were detected in forms possible to find in any household— Daily Mail

This crucial document (among others), which expresses concern that the media would wrongly assume a “chlorine attack” based on common household trace levels is found in the following memo:

New WikiLeaks Bombshell: 20 Inspectors Dissent From Syria Chemical Attack Narrative

And here’s another example:

New WikiLeaks Bombshell: 20 Inspectors Dissent From Syria Chemical Attack Narrative

Another stunning OPCW admission heretofore unreleased to the public:

New WikiLeaks Bombshell: 20 Inspectors Dissent From Syria Chemical Attack Narrative

Hitchens continues commenting on the trove of leaked documents as follows:

Alleged casualties shown in videos of the attack were foaming at the mouth in a way that might be expected of victims of sarin, but not by victims of chlorine. Yet all the reports agree that no traces of sarin were found at Douma.

These doubts were confirmed by expert toxicologists consulted by the OPCW investigation team on a visit to Germany in June 2018.

They concluded ‘there was no correlation between symptoms and chlorine exposure’.

In a key passage it adds ‘the team considered two possible explanations for the incongruity.

‘A) The victims were exposed to another highly toxic chemical agent that gave rise to the symptoms observed and has so far gone undetected.

‘B) The fatalities resulted from a non-chemical-related incident.’ In other words, either the victims died from an unknown, undetected gas for which no evidence exists or there never was a chemical attack.

These severe doubts which were expressed internally among scientists, analysts, and technicians were never made public by the OPCW, hence the new leaks, apparently facilitated by frustrated staff who want to make the case to the world about the significant doubts.

New WikiLeaks Bombshell: 20 Inspectors Dissent From Syria Chemical Attack Narrative

Chemical weapons experts taking samples from a prior alleged chemical weapons attack site in Syria, via Reuters.

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14 December, 2019

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”…

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  • AJ

    Is anyone surprised the OPCW is no longer an unbiased & independent body, like all major international bodies they succumb to US pressure along with a willing media which whips up a frenzy

  • Pave Way IV

    “…This newly released batch, WikiLeaks reports, includes a memo stating 20 inspectors feel that the officially released version of the OPCW’s report on Douma “did not reflect the views of the team members that deployed to [Syria]”…”

    Something for members of the OPCW to consider: If the manufactured ‘evidence’ and OPCW conclusions had resulted in serious war crimes (botched US cruise missile attack killing many civilians), then the OPCW would be complicit in those crimes. Good for these guys that there was some hidden internal evidence of their objections, but that doesn’t excuse them from the actions caused by (or resulting war crimes committed by) the US based on the ‘official’ OPCW findings.

    The UN and OPCW big shots would be (will be?) the first to throw OPCW inspectors and other OPCW little people under the bus if the OPCW is charged with any crimes. Why would you even remain employed by them if they’re this evil and politicized? They’ll do the same thing again somewhere else. Is that really the extent of your integrity? “I needed the paycheck but objected by secret memo just in case” isn’t going cut it when you’re standing before a judge in the Hague. Your actions have consequences – own it, cowards.

    • Concrete Mike

      Pave, US and friends struck unilaterally BEFORE the FFM was even on the ground.

      This investigation was a sham, and.i agree with you, the bigwigs are gearing up to throw the investigators under the bus.

      The conclusions were laid out, and the order from the top was make the evidence fit our conclusion, or else…

      This is unacceptable, the zios.wont let go.because othereise the whole syria narrative is gone.

      Expect the 40 year old virgin, higgins to come out damage control style soon.

      • Pave Way IV

        I really didn’t need a shred of additional evidence to see that Douma was a ham-fisted false flag. That must have been a probe to see just how oblivious the Americans are to the sloppiest of deceptions. I suppose it’s some comfort to know that there’s a hint of integrity within OPCW – at least enough to write a useless, secret internal memo ‘expressing doubts’. F’king heros.

        What I have always been extraordinarily concerned with is where did the US get those 1000+ civilian Ghouta ‘CW’ victims? Was it CENTCOM or CIA that coordinated the collection of live hostages before their execution that night by head-choppers? Saudi or Israeli involvement? Who were those hostages? Where were they from? Locals in Ghouta say they were not from there and not refugees. How were these hostages executed (what manner) to suggest chemical weapons killed them? Ghouta was being shelled, but not on a scale to possibly account for 1000+ dead civilians in one night. These were not artillery casualties – they were hostages specifically executed for the Ghouta false flag.

        What kind of monsters does CENTCOM or the CIA even have to plan an operation on this scale? How psychopathic do you have to be to figure, “Hey, it’s just a thousand or so Christians, Alawites or some other useless Syrians and their kids. It’s absolutely worth it to end the Syrian threat to our regional chaos and domination schemes. Make sure the White Helmets are ready to grab some convincing video.”

        • Concrete Mike

          Ah are we now were talking about the 2013 ghouta attack?

          It doesnt matter how many deplorables die pave, it really doesnt, not to these animals, as we are just tools in their tool box of hell.

          Deplorables comme in all colours and faiths, and until we realise we are ALL deplorables, there will always be pricks that think there better than everyone else.

          The 2013 sarin attack needs to be looked at again. The time for justice is near!

          • Pave Way IV

            Why look again? OPCW won the Nobel Prize in 2013 – how could they be wrong?
            The former Turkish consul to the Consulate General in Aleppo, ambassador to Israel, and Turky’s Permanent Representative to NATO, Ahmet Üzümcü, was Director General of the OPCW in 2013 and accepted the prize. Nothing about him raises the question of impartiality and objectiveness. He kept the Russians from snooping around Ghouta and finding any ‘inconvenient’ evidence implicating the White Helmets (almost won Nobel Prize) and head-choppers for either the deaths or staging of victims.

            Case closed. Nothing to look at. OPCW secret, internal dissent memos shredded by now. How can any haters still impugn one and a half Nobel Peace Prize recipients?

  • Azriel Herskowitz

    More like 20 Russian operatives. Everyone knows Assad gassed his citizens just like he’s bombing moderate rebels in Idlib.

    • AJ

      The same Israeli non intelligence which confirmed Iraqs WMDs or Iran is 9 months away from a nuke!!

    • John Wallace

      Oh look Harry Lyingstein is back. The building janitor that thinks he is a lawyers clerk because he is in the basement with the files. What a joke. the closest you would come to a lawyer is the layer of shit you continually spread. In fact we will have to call you Unreil the fertiliser spreader . Time to get back and clean the toilets again. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4f438760add7ef06986b453d814a408df491510c10df7b5ff79d0cf2b00dd83.jpg

    • Hasbara Hunter
      • Azriel Herskowitz

        bunch of russkie propaganda sites. all of them are fake news!

        • Ricky Miller

          Go away. Or explain how cannisters crashed through the ceiling but not a beat up wooden bed frame. Or explain how OPCW inspectors claim that the report is not the one they wrote. How do I know that the Syrian government did not use a chemical weapon in this incident? Because they were winning this battle without such nasty weaponry already and the OPCW had already signed off on the destruction of chemical weapons stocks under government control. It was CIA agents who had a meeting inside the OPCW during these events, not FSB or GRU. Own it, it’s USA and NATO and Israeli disinformation. Be proud, but please, take it somewhere away from me because the stench of your lies is hard to take. Really, I’m reaching for the airsick bag I took from my last flight…

          • Azriel Herskowitz

            All of that has already been debunked by Israeli intel!

          • Ricky Miller

            A lazy response. You present no facts and refuse to face the reality that the issue here is first person accounts from the inspectors themselves employed to travel to Syria and investigate. Full Stop. Until you get around their claim that the report’s conclusion is different from the investigation’s findings you have no lying leg to stand on. Quoting “Israeli intelligence” without providing evidence is yet another branch from a trunk of lies.

          • John Wallace

            The only thing debunked here is you talk bullshit disguise as truth. Make up lies and present them as facts. Biggest lie is claiming you are a Lawyer when you are nothing but the toilet cleaner which explains all the shit you bring here. Azerial Fuckowitz why not crawl up your own arse and disappear like ashes in the wind.

          • Azriel Herskowitz

            eh whatever, antisemite

          • John Wallace

            What does antisemite mean because you seem to love calling everyone that you don’t like antisemite. Does that mean we are not friends . Just because your beard is covered in cum stains doesn’t mean I will get jealous anytime soon. The only antisemite around here is your dribbleshit mouth.. No use caling me antisemite as I have too many Jewish friends who tell me otherwise. Do you wonder why people are confused after you fixed the signs on your toilets you clean. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb5436ef4ff09e61edf6edacbc3066ebdae6e6f1e58e2e6986cc0ba34c82baeb.jpg

          • John Wallace
          • Azriel Herskowitz

            whatever floats your boat, schmuck

          • John Wallace

            I don’t have a boat anymore and I have no idea what a schmuck is as we don’t use that word here. Is that like best buddy , friends forever or something. How sad you are the only one that upvotes you .. Is that because you don’t shower .. have some aversion to showers for some reason .. Look we can be best buddies forever if you like.. but you would have to gargle for a week first.

          • Hasbara Hunter

            The AshkeZionazi Parasite ain’t a Semite…

          • Azriel Herskowitz

            ah, nazi boy is back. i thought you would never return

          • Hasbara Hunter

            Finally found some links for me Khazarian Pedo-Dwarf…was about time…show me…

          • PZIVJ

            Ah, Jacob the lying troll is back.
            Pix of you in your Mom’s basement. :)
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/07c0a6e70b58fabba411c7763c5e80e680b6c7aa71428197dbb3d926d9811861.jpg

          • rightiswrong rightiswrong

            Go pray to your golden calve you devil worshipper.

        • Hasbara Hunter

          Then what the fuck are you doing in here?
          You don’t add shit you stupid cunt…Piss off & go to your own species…or come up with some interesting arguments…you Brainless Fuck…You are Bullshit…you are Nothing…that is why you Cunts Lost….now gimme some links…to back up your Bullshit

        • LR captain

          seriously you make the choice to come onto the (southfront) what MSM CBC CNN FOX all deem a pro Russian site and you make the choice and state post things here and that you know will piss everyone off. You made these choices, now make the choice to get off this site.

          • Jake321

            Why? You’re so entertaining, like watching the inmates of a nut house frolic. Besides, it helps confirm that Putz Putin & Company have gone to the dark Nazi side of late or think it’s cute to play at being Nazis.

          • Concrete Mike

            Right russians are the nazis now, never mind the 40 million citizens russia lost to nazis, they dont remember right?

            Your the retard here jake, get a life!

          • Jake321

            If you missed it, this Russian/Kremlin site and lots of others like Russia Insider are overrun with neo-Nazis and Putz Putin Trolls playing so naturally at being neo-Nazis. Damn, RI even has said it wants to be the Russian Daily Stormer. And features Hitler’s publications and glorifies Nazis and the Nazi military. And yes, it is shameful and sickening that with their history they would do this.

    • Daily Beatings
    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      Everyone knows that Israel and the US run ISIS, head choppers and rapists.

      Evil bas’tards.

  • Hasbara Hunter

    LIES HAVE NO LEGS…

  • Ricky Miller

    Twenty of twenty one inspectors had their conclusions written over by OPCW political hacks. This episode shows why Russian agents were detained in a counter-intelligence operation while monitoring meetings involving the OPCW. The NATO aligned police were tipped off that Russian operatives would be in the area because people knew this report was doctored under CIA pressure, and these people knew that Russia knew too. It also displays Russia’s wisdom in refusing to allow any strike in Syria resulting from this incident if that strike killed anyone. The U.S. told Russia they wanted to strike seventy locations across Syria and the Russians threatened retaliation. In the end the FUKUS group agreed to a minimal strike that destroyed three empty buildings and caused several impacts on the empty areas of Syrian bases. No one was killed in the strikes, a sure sign that people in Russia and FUKUS both understood that there was an illegitimacy to the story and to the response.

    It is hard to witness these and other events without concluding that corruption is oozing out of many so called “International” organisations. I mean even during the Cold War organisations such as the UN and the IOC managed to navigate more or less fairly between two world views, giving people some way other than war to hash things out. Nowadays, only one Imperial narrative is allowed and actionable, even if the conclusions and actions are so evidently stuffed full of crap and lies. It almost seems as if major war is the only way out at times and that is growing scary.

  • ZP

    How did anyone even contemplate that the OPCW was going to be unbiased? It is staffed and headed by NATO officials and they have to toe the line in order to prop-up the dinosaur at its last breaths. Same goes for WADA, OSCE, and quite a few UN agencies as well

    • Concrete Mike

      Agreed, WADA fuck arounds are really starting to piss me off, athletics and politics dont mix very well.

      There are alot of canadian athletes advocating that russian athletes are cheaters, these athletes should shut the fuck up, there too stupid to realise that they have crossed the politics rubicon, where bullshit becomes the truth and integrity goes out the window.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    “FFM core team”, who and what the hell are they?
    20+ members do the research but only one of them gets to assist the FFM core team make the final report, should I LOL or #&%#*, a medic of all people too, #&%#*.
    Hiding the truth is like trying to hold sand in your hand, with every little movement another grain manages to somehow slip out, now matter how hard you try to hang on, and bit by bit it all eventually slips from your grasp.
    Someone must be getting pretty worried by now, who in the FFM core team omitted all the juicy bits, who will the finger of accusation be pointing at.

  • Jake321

    A totally debunked story right out of the Kremlin. Besides the story is so confused it mostly says it wasn’t Chlorine but some even worse gas.

    • Concrete Mike

      Cant you read?
      It says levels of chlorine are below regular household levels.

      IN PARTS PER BILLION!!!
      if you would have listened in chemistry class instead of drawing cocks &ballz you would understand!!
      Nobody said anything about other gas except jaish al islam, ill beleive russian any day before beleive goatfuckers and their jewish buddies.

    • palegreendot

      They didn’t find any nerve agents, either, as in: “No nerve agents or their degradation products were identified in either the biological or environmental samples”.

      Read the damned article.

  • nick1111

    Trump is an idiot.
    Shall register as an Israeli agent

  • gustavo

    Full evidences about what we already knew. USA-NATO-Israel are just criminals.