The Mail on Sunday newspaper revealed that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) hid evidence that conflicted with the narrative that the Syrian government was behind the alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma in April 2018.
In a report by journalist Peter Hitchens, the newspaper confirmed that it had received a copy of an original internal report prepared by the organization’s experts regarding the Douma incident.
Although the organisation’s final report insisted that the alleged attack was most likely carried out using chlorine gas, the original report indicated that chlorine was found at the accident site in small quantities, not exceeding what could be found in any home.
The original report also expresses serious doubts about the source of the two gas cylinders found at the site, acknowledging that the fact-finding mission of the organisation cannot provide any explanations regarding the disproportionality of the damage caused to these two cylinders with the damage of the roofs of the buildings in which they were found.
Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative seeking to absolve the Assad regime of responsibility for chemical attacks perpetrated in the course of the Syrian civil war, as well as to undermine the credibility and independence of the OPCW.
The internal OPCW e-mail message published by Wikileaks and sent on June 22, 2018, by an unidentified member of OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission (FFM), does not accuse the OPCW management of deliberately manipulating and suppressing evidence gathered by the FFM in order to blame the Assad government for the Douma attack and to justify Western military intervention against Syria.