December 11, 2013

Ignore Sy Hersh's Syria Conspiracy Theories

Richard Spencer, Daily Telegraph

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Hersh cites US intelligence sources and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology expert: the first to say that the Obama administration deliberately misled the world about what intelligence had told it about the attacks, and covered up intelligence that suggested that the al-Qaeda wing of the rebel movement had "mastered the mechanics" of making sarin, the gas used in the attack; the second to question whether the rockets used to deliver the chemical warheads belonged to the Assad army and whether their range was long enough for them to have been fired from the originally suggested locations. Hersh's piece is weak, and self-evidently so, which is why I left it before. It makes basic errors, apparently due to trawling other internet stories without cross-referring them to original...

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TAGGED: Seymour Hersh, Syria, Chemical Weapons, Middle East

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