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Thread: #Syria, Chemical Attacks, & Disinfo

Interesting outcome from "BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit" re 13-part Mayday @Radio4 series

1. Series was on disinfo campaign -- pursued by #Russia, #Assad regime, and their allies -- contributed to death of James Le Mesurier

2. Series included episode on #Russia-#Assad-allies disinfo to deny #Douma chlorine attack, which killed 43 people, in April 2018

3. ECU outcome upheld series while criticizing "limited aspect" re ex-#OPCW staffer "Alex" (Brendan Whelan)


4. ECU said #BBC's Mayday should have been more circumspect re 1) possibility that ex-#OPCW staffer Whelan got $100,000 from WikiLeaks and 2) any Whelan belief that #Douma chlorine attack was "staged"

5. But ECU noted evidence for both points

Now the interesting part...

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1) Astonishing and shameful information on the progress made regarding investigating the use and eliminating chemical weapons in #Syria as outlined in the latest report issued by the Director-General of the #OPCW on Friday.
2) The regime continues to obstruct investigations by denying access to committees & destroying evidence; Claiming 2 chlorine cylinders that were used in the #Douma chemical attack (April 7th 2018) got destroyed in an attack on a declared former CWPF inside a military facility.
3) The location where the Syrian regime claimed the cylinders were destroyed is 60km away from the original site where the cylinders were stored and inspected. The report also states that the regime moved the cylinders without notifying the org. despite the warning not to do so.
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A positive step in States’ collective attributions. But States’ inability to condemn some/all this behavior as internationally unlawful is equally important - if States can’t say it violates IL, doesn’t this imply IL permits it?…
What violations could there be? Depending on target and effects, some of these ops may implicate the duty of non-intervention…
And for States who accept sovereignty breaches in cyberspace, there’s an easier case to make…
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Was ich alles im Urlaub verpasst habe😱. Größter Hammer wohl Vorstellung des #OPCW-Abschlussberichts. En passant wird da erwähnt, dass 🇩🇪bereits am 20.8. (Tag des Fluges von #Nawalny!) die #OPCW ersucht hatte, Mission zur Untersuchung 1 Vergiftung durch chem. Waffen zu entsenden:
Wenn man weiß, wie arbeitsaufwendig der Prozess ist, offiziell 1 #OPCW-Untersuchungsmission für den Einsatz chem. Waffen anzufordern, dann ist es de facto unmöglich, dass die Mission bereits am 20. entsandt wurde, ohne dass Ersuchen Tage vorher erfolgte.…
Dann käme allerdings die Frage auf, wieso bat🇩🇪die #OPCW "nach technischer Unterstützungsmission (TAV) im Zusammenhang mit der vermuteten Vergiftung eines russischen Staatsbürgers" bevor #Nawalny überhaupt am 20.8. ins Flugzeug gestiegen war?🤔 Und es kommt noch besser...
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#Syria 🧵:10 years into the Syrian conflict, the Syrian regime is still trying to twist the facts. Social media and mobile messaging apps have also made it easier for #disinformation to spread. If you spot any of the 👇myths in your feeds, call them out.!yXWTYB
Syrian officials blame the #sanctions to say that they prevent refugees from returning to a "safe" #Syria. In reality, the regime's security forces arrested many of those who returned to the areas under its control and forced many to enlist in the army. 👉!yXWTYB
The Syrian regime claims that the sanctions are an economic siege imposed on the Syrian people, while Bashar al-Assad himself admitted that the crisis began years after the so-called "siege". Our sanctions target the Syrian regime and its allies.👉!yXWTYB
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CIJA welcomes @bellingcat´s follow-up on our probe into Syria´s #disinformation networks 1/…
@N_Waters89´s extensive report details the working methods of yet another group in the far-reaching web of actors targeting Syria accountability groups – Berlin Group 21: 2/
Along with the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and the Media, BG21 is committed to sowing doubt about #OPCW investigations of #Assad regime use of chemical weapons against civilians 3/
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I've previously made a short timeline of what we're told happened to the #Skripals on the day they were poisoned (Sunday, Mar 4 2018) using only official/MSM sources. This is an expanded version, again focused on the day of the poisoning. 1/43
Sources are [numbered] and listed at the end of the thread. I have added some sourced *comments and used brackets <where the exact point in the timeline is unclear from the sources>. 2/43
9:15 #Skripal's red BMW is seen in #Salisbury in the area of London Road [1]. It is reported Sergei and Yulia were going to visit the graves of Sergei’s wife and son: Yulia’s mother and brother. 4/43
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In response to the @BBC defamation campaign in which @chloehadj is suggesting that I am a "Russian agent", a claim now amplified by #Syria "regime change" promoter, Michael Weiss - photo below, embedded with extremist armed groups #Aleppo.

.@bbclysedoucet @BBCMonitoring
2. @chloehadj took information from Paul McKeigue emails given to her by CIJA sting op managers. This alone suggests some collusion on part of @BBC to entrap McKeigue. In the emails McKeigue made a claim that I can be contacted through a Russian diplomat in Geneva.
3. This claim was repeated by @chloehadj in a @BBC front page article & in Mayday audio episode. CH claimed I had not responded to claim. This is a lie. CH never contacted me to verify claim. See emails below dated back in March 2021.

McKeigue also emailed CH to retract claim.
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The @OPCW's Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) has issued a new report determining that Syria used a toxic chlorine gas against its own people in February 2018. Damascus did not cooperate or provide relevant access to the IIT.… 1/
The IIT provided to member states the names of responsible Syrian officials. It is now up to UN member states (facing a Russian veto) -- and more likely to individual states -- to sanction the Syrian officials who were responsible for the attack. 2/
As @NatSecAnthony & I wrote for @ForeignPolicy, it is time for OPCW member states to vote to suspend Syria's rights and privileges at the OPCW, which includes its voting rights. They can do so at the April 20-22 Conference of States Parties (CSP):… 3/
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(1/12) #OTD in 2017, an air strike hit the town of #KhanShaykhun in #Syria, releasing large amounts of the nerve agent #sarin. It killed dozens of people, including children, and injured hundreds. Today, we remember the victims of this #warcrime.
(2/12) The OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism concluded with confidence that the sarin identified in samples taken from Khan Shaykhun had most likely been made with a precursor from the original Syrian stockpile. 👉…
(3/12) On April 8 2020, the #OPCW Investigation & Identification Team released its report into 3 #chemicalweapons attacks in #Ltamenah on March 24, 25 & 30, 2017. It concluded with confidence that individuals from the Syrian Air Force perpetrated them. 👉…
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@ClareDalyMEP highlights the #OPCW scandal regarding the alleged chemical weapon attack in #Douma, Syria @wallacemick @Tim_Hayward_
1) A new Statement of concern, signed by former OPCW inspectors as well as many eminent figures can be read on the @couragefound website… and also the Berlin Group 21
2) It calls on the @OPCW DG to provide a 'transparent and neutral forum in which the concerns of all investigators can be heard'
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1. Let's dissect latest effort at #Syria Chemical Attacks denial & undermining of inspections.

OPCW FFM Final Report - w *no* dissent by those n investigation - concluded "reasonable grounds" for chlorine attack n April 2018, killing 43 people n building n #Douma

2. As soon as #OPCW issued report in March 2019, #Russia launched campaign to discredit & undermine inspectors. This has been parallelled, & sometimes interwoven w, #Syria Chemical Attacks denial by activists in "West".…

3. So why would "progressive" @aaronjmate go to hard-right, arguably white nationalist outlet over #Douma case?

Cuz he knows @TuckerCarlson will amplify misinformation and false claims in @wikileaks campaign, paralleling #Russia line


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The US, UK and French governments have repeatedly sort to prevent objective and rigorous @opcw investigations of the alleged chemical attacks in Syria @MaryLouMcDonald @RonanLTynan.
1) At the @couragefound attended by Jose Bustani, the 1st DG of the #OPCW, an OPCW official reported procedural and scientific flaws with respect to the alleged Douma chemical weapon attack.…
2) Since then a significant volume of leaked documents have corroborated the issues raised at the @couragefoundation panel…
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Dear @RobertWrighter:

I have benefited in past from @BloggingHeads, so it is disturbing that the platform was handed over for 90 minutes to an activist pushing misinformation on #Syria, primarily to attack #WhiteHelmets and to deny #ChemicalAttacks.
In 90 minutes, the activist offered almost no reliable information. Instead, he used @BloggingHeads for a series of misrepresentations and sometimes falsehoods.

1. He claims "journalistic malpractice" in BBC Radio 4 documentary #Mayday w/o citing single example.

2. His only "evidence" on #Douma #ChemicalAttack is a misrepresentation of tweets by @DalatRM and an incorrect claim about Robert Fisk.

3. He misrepresents creation of #WhiteHelmets

4. He falsely claims WH "took part in executions".

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The US & UK working in concert to discredit the OPCW whistleblower is petroleum geopolitics at its most nefarious
Ironically, the neoliberal tendency to outsource & privatize government functions allowed us to see in great detail the farce of this latest propaganda operation. @aaronjmate carefully deconstructed the subterfuge #Syria
Fortunately Aaron Maté had the last laugh
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#BREAKING Kremlin sees 'no reason' to blame Russian state over Navalny Image
#UPDATE The Kremlin on Thursday rejected claims that Moscow was behind the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei #Navalny, as calls mounted for international action after Germany said he had been dosed with the nerve agent Novichok
#BREAKING Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW voices 'grave concern' over Navalny poisoning case Image
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I did an article about the curious case of poisoning #Bulgaria citizen mr Elimian Gebrev, of which 3 #Russia #GRU operatives are sought for. The article is behind a paywall and in Finnish, so a thread will follow.…
At least 1 of the Gerbev poisoning suspects is related also to the #Salisbury poisoning incident which almost lead to the death of Sergei and Julia #Skripal . That was 2018. Mr. Gerbev was attacked in #Bulgaria in 2015, three years prior to Skripal. 1/…
The poison that was used in the murder attempts of Gebrev is yet unidentified. Was #novichok used in Europe already in 2015? 2/
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Exklusiv: Der @GBA_b_BGH hat einen Haftbefehl gegen einen russischen Cyberspion erwirkt. Er soll am Bundestagshack beteiligt gewesen sein. Unsere @SZ @WDRinvestigativ - Recherche: Mehr in diesem Thread ⬇️ #APT28 #FancyBear #Spionage #Justiz #BKA
Dmitriy Sergevevich Badin ist russischer Staatsbürger, geboren 1990 in Kursk, Russland. Er soll der Cyber-Einheit 26165 des russischen Militärgeheimdienstes #GRU angehören.
Badin wird bereits von den US-Behörden gesucht: Wegen der Beeinflussung der US-Präsidentschaftswahlen 2016 (#DNCHack) und dem Cyberangriff auf die Welt-Anti-Doping-Agentur #Wada.
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We have fascinating data on the Kremlin-aligned #Hamilton68 subset of accnts most focused on Russian Geopolitics. This wordcloud 4 first wk of Feb shows positive support 4 Bernie Sanders #Bernie2020, supported #boohillary & discussions about Iowa Caucuses #elections2020 #NVCaucus Image
The #hamilton68 data shows overwhelming negative sentiment towards Joe Biden & starting in early Feb negative towards Pete Buttigieg. 100% positive sentiment continues 4 Bernie Sanders & Tulsi Gabbard. Neutral 2 negative towards Warren & oblivious towards Klobuchar & Yang #osint
We hope to write up the full #hamilton68 results for tomorrow. Stay tuned.
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Who organised Erasmus scholarship at Aix-en-Provence University for arrested Jaish Al Islam leader, Islam Alloush, accused of torture, kidnap, enlisting child soldiers in #Syria #Douma. Interesting that @thomaspierret is Senior Researcher at CNRS-IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence.
2. Pierret has blocked me long ago so please would someone ask the questions. Pierret attacked myself & @PiersRobinson1 in 2018 after we were invited to @SaintCyrCoet, Pierret most objected to exposure of alleged #Douma chemical attack as #fakenews & defended #WhiteHelmets
3. Jaish Al Islam & #WhiteHelmet role producing #Douma chemical attack narrative & hospital scenes, proven staged, must raise alarm over Pierret's role in smearing academics/journalists who challenged dominant narratives in #Syria, esp now #OPCW report is severely discredited.
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