Disinfo: Russia’s UN delegation proves OPCW doctored own report on Douma incident

Summary

OPCW inspector-turned-whistleblower Ian Henderson told the UN Security Council on 20 January that the OPCW’s report on the alleged 2018 chemical attack in Douma had been sanitised of any dissenting “findings, facts, information, data or analysis.”

Besides listening to Henderson’s testimony, the UNSC was addressed by Russia’s OPCW representative, Alexander Shulgin, and the chief of an NGO that had previously interviewed over 300 residents of Douma, shattering the official Western narrative.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives attacking the independence and integrity of the OPCW; lending credence to the claim that the 2018 Douma attack was staged; and absolving the Syrian regime of responsibility for chemical attacks in general.

Henderson's testimony was based on an already-debunked engineering assessment leaked in May 2019, which questioned the method by which a set of chlorine cylinders had been deployed at the site of the Douma incident. See our disproof of this claim, plus Bellingcat's exhaustive debunking of this and other Douma-related disinformation narratives here, here, and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: United Nations, false flag, Douma, OPCW, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
  • Outlet: RT (rt.com), Sputnik News, Sputnik Latvia, Sputnik Poland, Sputnik Mundo, Pervyy Kanal, Ren TV, Baltnews
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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