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Leaked Report: Douma “Chemical Attack” Likely Staged

Kit Knightly

An apparent classified internal report from OPCW suggests that the Douma chemical attack – which allegedly took place in April 2018 – was in fact staged.

The report, signed by Ian Henderson (an investigative team leader for the OPCW), is an analysis of the two key locations which were used as evidence of the Syrian government launching a chemical attack using chlorine gas in Douma, last year.

These locations, referred to as Location 2 and Location 4 respectively, were made famous by these photographs:

Location 2: “The Patio”

Location 4: “The Bed”

The photographs, “analysed” in depth by Bellingcat and other establishment mouthpieces, were claimed as the “smoking gun”, proof of the Assad’s guilt. However, the OPCW fact-finding mission appears to see things rather differently.

The report is fifteen pages long, detailed and thorough, but the most important paragraph is saved for the end (emphasis ours):

In summary, observations at the scene of the two locations, together with subsequent analysis, suggest that there is a higher probability that both cylinders were manually placed at those two locations rather than being dropped.”

So there you have it, an apparently genuine OPCW report (kept from the public for as yet unclear reasons), which appears to support the prevailing view of the alt-news community: Douma was staged.

People like Vanessa Beeley and Piers Robinson et al, who have been relentlessly smeared in the mainstream media, have been shown to be right. Again.

This is not the first hole that has been blown in the Douma chemical bomb story (pun very much intended).

Firstly, initial reports from US-backed NGOs were that sarin had been used, not chlorine. This was dropped from the narrative after a preliminary OPCW report found “no evidence” of sarin being deployed.

Also, within days of the alleged attack, noted war reporter Robert Fisk was on the ground in Douma, talking to doctors who claimed no chemical attack had taken place at all.

Later, other witnesses came forward – including a young boy prominently featured in the “shocking footage”. They testified, at the OPCW meeting in The Hague, that no such attack had ever happened.

So, this report is but the latest piece of evidence which seriously undermines the establishment narrative of the so-called, “Douma chemical attack”.

You can read the full report here, or see the embedded version below. We suggest you download it and share it widely. This is exactly the kind of document that could get memory-holed.

The Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM) have released their detailed analysis of the report, we suggest you all read it here. They are an excellent group, and have done sterling work on this topic.

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Mucho
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Mucho

Blackstone Intelligence presents an in depth analysis of the US march to war with Iran happening right now, for Israel.

Mucho
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Mucho

There are no depths these scumags won’t sink to. We are ruled by criminals…….big fat criminals committing big fat crimes, lying all the time, using (often not so) sophisticated yet effective systems of control to keep the masses blind to their ways.
Now the US is marching to war with Iran, for Israel. Here we go again.

Eric Zuesse
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This report by Kit is STELLAR!!! It is so well-documented and yet stunningly brief (compared to the enormous size of its significance). America’s and UK’s and France’s 14 April 2018 missiles-invasion of Syria was ‘justified’ entirely on the basis of the lie (from the Western sponsors) of the entire fabricated ‘event’, that Syria’s Government had murderously sarin-attacked and thereby slaughtered lots of people in Douma. The case now for a prosecution against U.S., UK, and France, for violating the U.N. Charter and perpetrating a war-crime by that attack, seems extremely strong, if not open-and-shut conclusive. However, I think that Kit… Read more »

flaxgirl
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Sure it was staged … like so very many other events. So very, very many. This evening I commented to my housemate that I wish I knew someone who’d been at one of these staged events and she replied that I did – I’d mentioned to her a Balinese man I’d met in a cafe who’d told me his father worked in a hotel next to the one where the alleged 2002 “Bali Bombing” had occurred and his father told him that when he was called to go and help there was nothing really going on – no injured people… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

Well, er … maybe the Lindt Cafe siege was for real.

Maybe the building lockdown I was subjected to from 11am to 4pm was also real. I needed to buy lunch that day too 🙁 .

The “staged” aspect was certainly real – the siege took place just across the road from a television station.

flaxgirl
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Actually, Jen, that video is probably very difficult to watch cos of poor bandwidth and it’s awfully long anyway. This YouTube video, Sydney siege hostages’ contradictory accounts of moments before execution, is only 1:31 and gives very contradictory accounts – exactly the kind of contradictions that Robert Stuart painstakingly documents in “Saving Syria’s Children”: Response to the HuffP.

flaxgirl
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Hi Jen, When this happened I was clueless about staged events so I did not scrutinise but if I had been at the time I would have gone down to Martin Place to see if I could find anything out. I worked for the Transport Management Centre and I’m sure, if it was a staged event, at least one of my colleagues would have known what was going on – not that they would have told me I’m sure even if I’d asked. I’m sorry you missed your lunch. That would have really pissed me off, real or not. I… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

While the Lindt Cafe siege was real enough, and the various people you mention in your comment did things that seem either illogical or incomprehensible, at the same time it is perhaps possible that in some of its aspects the siege was “staged”. Monis picked the cafe because (a) it is close to Channel 7 studios, and (b) it is just across the road from the Reserve Bank and (until recently) the Westpac Banking Corporation had its main office close by as well. State Parliament House is not far away either. The Commonwealth Bank and the ANZ Bank head offices… Read more »

flaxgirl
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Jen, Whatever they tell us about Monis needs to be taken with a grain of salt (unless we have clear evidence to support it) if the incident were staged, right? No doubt, at least some of it is true though and this could well be a situation where leniency was offered to him in exchange for acting in this event. What I do when I consider whether an event is staged or real is take all the pieces of available evidence (that I can be bothered to look at) and check: —Can all of it be accommodated under “staged”? —Is… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

All I will say to your garbled reply is that you cannot expect people to behave and react to major events in ways that you believe you yourself would behave and react. Zero emotion in the face of a significant life-changing event is just as likely as extreme emotion. It can take a long time for the significance to sink in. People do not always behave according to a narrow range of expected stereotypes. Also your attitude to events, on the basis of whether they are staged or not staged, seems to be a problem: it’s probably leading you to… Read more »

flaxgirl
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Actually, I tell a lie, Jen, though not intentionally. The SWAT guy is not twinkling his fingers, he’s beckoning the escaping hostage but in a very unperturbed, lackadaisical manner completely inconsistent with expectations in such a situation. (It’s at 11 minutes in if you’re interested – https://153news.net/watch_video.php?v=4MAUD4MM9KK6. Such a shame YouTube has banned all the hoax videos) What prompted me to issue a $5,000 Occam’s Razor challenge was that friends, family and others responded exactly as you are in regard to these events – “People show grief in different ways”, “It could be this …”, “It could be that …”.… Read more »

flaxgirl
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And just to add, I am rather lazy, it’s true, which makes these events perfect for me. As they tell us it’s them with their ludicrous contradictions, smiling grievers, etc and because they’re really very scrupulous in not giving us a single thing that can be brandished to favour real, they simply don’t require huge amounts of research.

flaxgirl
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… and I find them so nauseating. It’s not just laziness. It causes me pain to wade through their bullshit. I so admire other hoax analysts for their ability to plough through it all in minute detail.

flaxgirl
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If you come across a single piece of evidence that supports real over staged, please let me know what it is, Jen. Also, if you happen to catch the SWAT finger-twinkler in any research you happen to do, please let me know your explanation for it in the context of the event.

Gezzah Potts
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Why are we not surprised by this. At all. Most people with even half a brain knew it was a staged false flag last year when Douma happened. Does anyone of us here need anymore proof at what the real role of the vile slime masquerading as ‘journalists’ is. I noted Francis Lee mentioned Udo Ulfkotte in his comment. I’ve done the same elsewhere. Call them out for who they are. If you’re discussing the media with anyone, refer to these creatures by their real names: stenographers, presstitutes, paid mouthpieces, propagandists. And if the person you’re talking to asks why… Read more »

John
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John

We all know Olivia Solon and Luke Harding and George monbiot and a whole host of other propagandists will not mention this report. EVER

Francis Lee
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Francis Lee

The western media’s output consists of a combination of trivia and outright propaganda. In Orwellian terms it is minitru (The Ministry of Truth) in 1984, and it is not futuristic anymore – it is here. See below Excerpts from the film ‘Network’ produced in 1976 by Sidney Lumet. Starring Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, and William Holden A magnificently pointed critique of the media in 1976 and a prescient anticipation of the MSM in our own benighted age. Howard Beale: [calmly strolling toward the audience] So. A rich little man with white hair died. What has that got to… Read more »

Francis Lee
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Francis Lee

It seems pretty clear that the western security and intelligence agencies, MI6, CIA, Mossad, BND, and the rest, are merging into a global blob over which governments have long surrendered control. Moreover, the MSM mainstream media have also become willingly dragooned into being extensions of this global surveillance and propaganda apparatus. The liberal press in particular, is little more than an asset of the above organizations. Our own lovely Guardian is now just another PR firm working for the AZ empire. This has been pointed out by (the late) Udo Ulfkotte in his seminal work Journalisten Gekaufte (Bought Journalists) who… Read more »

falcemartello
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Leaked report or not the sad reality is repeat a lie often enough and the masses will take it as gospel Carla Del Ponte statements when the first lies of chemical weapon use by The SAA and the Syrian Arab Republic were floated around. Her words, “The more we investigate the allegations of chemical weapons use in Ghouta the more it appears likely that the rebels the opposition are to blame”‘ To this day western MSM all still repeat the lies that Assad has used chemical weapons in Syria. The barbarity of the west and the war crimes NATO and… Read more »

Stonky
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Stonky

Is there something wrong with my browser? I am struggling to find any content on the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media website. Most of the navigable links on the Home page just lead to the same heading on an empty page with a search function. Unless I already know what I’m searching for (which I don’t) that’s not much use. I’ve accessed the detailed analysis on the Douma incident from your link above, but I cannot for the life of me work out where it is on the Group’s actual website, or how I’m supposed to navigate my… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

Try going to the website homepage, click on the drop-down triangle next to “Research Areas” and then click on “Chemical and Biological Events” when it appears. You get a blank page with the search function, so type “Douma” or “2018” or any other significant word that might be a keyword into the search field and you get these results: Assessment by the engineering sub-team of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission investigating the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018 Briefing note on the final report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission on the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018… Read more »

Stonky
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Stonky

Thanks. But the Working Group knows what reports etc they have published and I don’t. It would still make more sense to me that they offer a drop-down menu with the names of their reports. They might have published other stuff that I would be interested in, that I know nothing about. How am I supposed to find such material?

Loverat
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Loverat

This commentary from the Working Group on Syria very important to reflect on: …….. 4. The hijacking of OPCW The cover-up of evidence that the Douma incident was staged is not merely misconduct. As the staging of the Douma incident entailed mass murder of civilians, those in OPCW who have suppressed the evidence of staging are, unwittingly or otherwise, colluding with mass murder. …….. That’s right, collusion in mass murder. Any people in the corridors of power, journalists or OPCW need to now step forward and divulge details of what they know about any aspect of the war in Syria,… Read more »

DiggerUK
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DiggerUK

Has the OPCW been asked to comment on this document? Seems an elementary task for a reporter to perform. It would be almost unthinkable that they wouldn’t want to respond.

Just because most of us here, including me, are prepared to accept it as genuine, it should be second nature for a responsible journalist to contact the press office at OPCW…_

Admin
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Answers to your questions can be found at the link provided in the article.

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Section 2 of the last link in Kit’s analysis and commentary describes the OPCW’s reaction to being asked about the ‘leaked’ report.

DiggerUK
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DiggerUK

Section 2? Got me…_

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Yes, Section 2 entitled ‘Commentary on the Engineering Assessment’: sentences beginning “In response to an enquiry on 11 May 2019, the OPCW press office stated…” and “The OPCW also attempted to suggest that the report…”.

DiggerUK
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DiggerUK

That shows the OPCW do not claim ownership of the document alleged to have been leaked to this articles author. This, I believe is the relevant section you refer to that includes the OPCW position. “In response to an enquiry on 11 May 2019, the OPCW press office stated that “the individual mentioned in the document has never been a member of the FFM”. This statement is false. The engineering sub-team could not have been carrying out studies in Douma at Locations 2 and 4 unless they had been notified by OPCW to the Syrian National Authority (the body that… Read more »

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Digger, I do not disagree with your desire to rely on irrefutable evidence before jumping to conclusions (indeed, it is absence of this that is sadly absent from our own Western Governments’ and MSM’s narrative of events) but there are a couple of points that lead me to believe that the OPCW are evading the truth about this report. Nowhere does the OPCW deny that the report is genuine. Nor does the OPCW go so far as to say that the report isn’t correct in its conclusions. If you read the OPCW’s responses literally, their ‘rejection’ of ownership of the… Read more »

DiggerUK
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DiggerUK

Absence of evidence is just that.
Facts are facts, opinions are ten a penny…_

crank
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crank

That is called muddying the water, and it is usually very revealing.
The evidence is in the report.
If the OPCW are to claim it a fake, then they must do so now.
Evidence is evidence, opinion is opinion, silence is a way of saying a thousand words.

JudyJ
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JudyJ

So a comprehensive technical report, the content and conclusions of which are not disputed by a body which opposes (nb: doesn’t dispute) the findings is just ‘opinion’. Hmmm. In that case no scientific or technical report in the world is credible in its own right according to your philosophy. Perhaps you might care to tell us what ‘evidence’ you would like to see.

Admin
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Admin

You seem selective over the facts you consider worth emphasising. Henderson has thus far not denied the authenticity of the report. The OPCW has thus far not denied the authenticity of the report. Until they do their silence on the matter carries an obvious implication.

DiggerUK
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DiggerUK

Yes, it does carry an “implication”, but without further investigation and evidence, no proof.

All facts must be conclusive and completely supportive of the claims. That is not the case here.
Obfuscation seasoned with silence are the best ingredients when playing the plausible deniability gambit.

I do suspect the truth is very close to this document, but that’s all it leads to, a strengthening of my opinion.

It’s journalism Jim, but not as we know it…_

Admin
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Admin

You seem to be concern trolling here. Hope that’s a false impression. The only obfuscation thus far is from the OPCW, whose failure to repudiate the report has only one interpretation. Until they claim it’s false the ethical and legal presumption must be it’s true. All else is smoke-blowing.

Stonky
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Stonky

I sympathise with DiggerUK’s position on this. The OPCW has stated that Henderson was “never part of the FFM”. Responding with “The engineering sub-team could not have been carrying out studies in Douma at Locations 2 and 4 unless they had been notified by OPCW to the Syrian National Authority…” does not in any way refute the OPCW statement. To be honest it’s a rather weak non sequitur. The questions that needed (need) to be asked are: 1. Was Henderson in Syria? 2. Was he there on behalf of the OPCW? 3. If he wasn’t there as part of the… Read more »

JudyJ
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JudyJ

It bemuses me that some people seem to fire comments off the cuff without even bothering to read (or maybe they just don’t understand?) comments already made by other posters. It’s not that difficult.

I am sure O-G admin have enough to do without having to repeat the same perfectly valid reply over and over again.

Sorry if I have offended anyone, but it had to be said.

Stonky
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Stonky

It bemuses me that some people seem to fire comments off the cuff without even bothering to read (or maybe they just don’t understand?) comments already made by other posters. It’s not that difficult. Your comments are not so much offensive as condescending. I’ve read and understood the WG report, and the article, and all the other comments, but they don’t deal with the point at issue, which you don’t seem to have understood. So allow me to reiterate. The WG says the FFM team couldn’t have been in Syria without the express permission of the Syrian authorities. That may… Read more »

OffG
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OffG

Henderson has proven connections with the OPCW. The OPCW has not so far claimed the report is fabricated or does not originate with them, which they surely would, if either of these things was true.

Under these circumstances it’s reasonable to infer that their claims about Henderson are technicalities or nitpicks designed to blow smoke.

We await developments. But unless the OPCW repudiates the report we have only one conclusion to draw – that it’s genuine and reflects genuine conclusions drawn by its people on the ground.

Stonky
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Stonky

Henderson has proven connections with the OPCW. I don’t wish to be a total pedant but lots of people have proven connections with the OPCW. That does not mean that any of them were in Syria on the FFM team. They haven’t been asked if the report is genuine and originates with them, so they have wriggle room there. I agree with your sentiments and your inferences. But the OPCW should have been asked specific questions. Since it appears the WG now has a mole (Moles?) inside the OPCW, I don’t think the OPCW would dare to lie in answer.… Read more »

DiggerUK
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DiggerUK

“concern trolling” must be the most sophisticated ad hominem I have ever received. I have to give you a thumbs up for that…_

mark
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mark

Now that the long delayed liberation of Idlib has begun, we must shortly expect a Douma Mark II from those fine folks in the MSM, together with Assad maniacally searching for hospitals to bomb, and Bana being resurrected to provide a running commentary from a hidey hole in Turkey. The old favourites are always the best.

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Mark

You will see from the first two items in this link (dated 9 May) that the BBC are already preparing the ground for a resumption in more allegations of Assad/Russian ‘atrocities’. They still fully endorse the legitimacy of the White Helmets as a force for good and a reliable source of information.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cg41ylwvggnt/syrian-civil-war

Gezzah Potts
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Jesus wept Judy. Don’t the bastards ever give up? They’re like the fecken Duracell Bunny. On and on and on…. Lie after lie ad nauseaum. Oh well, got an Empire to uphold….

mark
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mark

OMG, we’re already down to the “last toddler in Idlib.”

Harry Stotle
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Harry Stotle

As the wonderful MediaLens say ‘UK corporate media are under a curious kind of military occupation’. How else to explain the unseemly rush by the usual suspects at the Guardian; Tisdall, Freedland, Monbiot, et al, to embrace what from the very outset had ‘false-flag’ written all over it (because the use of chemical weapons could only ever harm Assads effort to overcome western backed jihadis running amok in Syria). http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2018/868-douma-part-1.html Rudimentary journalistic qualities like curiosity, or proper fact checking have given way to a crude form of stenography compromising what is left of their already diminished credibility, because biased intelligence… Read more »