Hersh Slams White House on Syria

    FILE -- In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, a citizen journalism image provided by the United Media Office of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows members of the UN investigation team take samples from sand near a part of a missile that is likely to be one of the chemical rockets according to activists, in the Damascus countryside of Ain Terma, Syria. The dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is under way, but the mission faces multiple challenges, from an ambitious deadline and a raging civil war that threatens inspectors’ safety. It also has far-reaching political consequences, giving a political boost to President Bashar Assad and further alienating the rebels. (AP Photo/Local Committee of Arbeen, File)


    The Obama administration allegedly knew that the Syrian rebels had the ability to make chemical weapons but did not inform the public, according to an explosive report by Seymour Hersh published online in the London Review of Books. According to Hersh, the White House did not have the intelligence to know that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government was behind the August 21 sarin-gas attack, which left thousands dead. One senior intelligence official tells the Obama administration allegedly distorted the timeline to make it look like facts gathered in the days after the attack had actually been gathered in real time. What’s more, the Obama administration knew as far back as June that the Syrian rebels had the ability to make chemical weapons—so the possibility existed that they could be responsible for the attack.

    Read it at London Review of Books