Read the leaked Pentagon/DIA assessment of the chemical warfare capability of Al Qaeda in Syria, known as al-Nusra, from June 20, 2013, made public by Seymour Hersh in September 2023.
The bombshell was pointed out in a tweet by investigative journalist Aaron Mate.
When US accused Syria of the August 2013 sarin attack in Ghouta, it concealed what US intel said: that Al Qaeda's Syria wing, al-Nusra, had an "advanced" sarin production cell.
Seymour Hersh has published the full US intel memo for the first time:https://t.co/Zubi8kvleH
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) September 13, 2023
The leaked documents were released in an article penned by Seymour Hersh titled, “When the Intelligence is Inconvenient” on his Subtack page and can be read in full with a subscription to his Substack page. Below is an excerpt of the article.
On Sunday Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Jonathan Karl of ABC’s This Week that he remained “very confident in Ukraine’s ultimate success” in the ongoing war with Russia. He depicted Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decision to escalate its attacks inside Russia as “their decision, not ours.”
Blinken’s wrong-headed confidence and his acceptance of a significant escalation in the Ukraine war defies belief, given the reality on the ground today in the war. But it also could be based on insanely optimistic assessments supplied by the Defense Intelligence Agency. The DIA’s assessments, as I have reported, are now the intelligence of choice inside the White House.
As a journalist who has written about national security matters for many decades, how can I explain a process that is clearly contrary to the best interests of the people of the United States and its leadership?