Seymour Hersh broke both the My Lai massacre story and Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Shoebat.com has done extensive analysis on his most recent work, which is very explosive and validates what we’ve been reporting for several months – the chemical weapons attack in Syria last August did not come from the Assad regime.
At issue is not so much who used sarin gas in the attack but who didn’t. Hersh’s research indicates very strongly that it was not the Assad regime and that the Defense Intelligence Agency knew this full well as people like Obama, Rogers and others were making the case against Assad. Here is what Hersh wrote about Al Nusra having access to sarin and an unwillingness of the Obama administration to acknowledge it:
The joint chiefs also knew that the Obama administration’s public claims that only the Syrian army had access to sarin were wrong. The American and British intelligence communities had been aware since the spring of 2013 that some rebel units in Syria were developing chemical weapons. On 20 June analysts for the US Defense Intelligence Agency issued a highly classified five-page ‘talking points’ briefing for the DIA’s deputy director, David Shedd, which stated that al-Nusra maintained a sarin production cell: its programme, the paper said, was ‘the most advanced sarin plot since al-Qaida’s pre-9/11 effort’… ‘Turkey and Saudi-based chemical facilitators,’ it said, ‘were attempting to obtain sarin precursors in bulk, tens of kilograms, likely for the anticipated large scale production effort in Syria.’ (Asked about the DIA paper, a spokesperson for the director of national intelligence said: ‘No such paper was ever requested or produced by intelligence community analysts.’)That last part in bold is significant because in his interview with Democracy Now! (see below), Hersh actually admits to having access to the document the DIA spokesperson denied exists.