Monday, October 24, 2005

UN covering for Assad regime

The UN report on the Hariri assassination has deeply implicated the Assad regime. However, as James Taranto points out in OpinionJournal, the UN sanitized the document before releasing despite Kofi Annan's promise not to do so. Here's an example of what Annan's apparatchiks deleted:

96. One witness of Syrian origin but resident in Lebanon, who claims to have worked for the Syrian intelligence services in Lebanon, has stated that approximately two weeks after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1559, Maher Assad, Assef Shawkat, Hassan Khalil, Bahjat Suleyman and Jamil Al-Sayyed (senior Lebanese and Syrian officials) decided to assassinate Rafik Hariri. He claimed that Sayyed (a senior Lebanese security official) went several times to Syria to plan the crime, meeting once at the Meridian Hotel in Damascus and several times at the Presidential Place and the office of Shawkat (a senior Syrian security official). The last meeting was held in the house of Shawkat (the same senior Syrian security official) approximately seven to 10 days before the assassination and included Mustapha Hamdan (another senior Lebanese security official). The witness had close contact with high ranked Syrian officers posted in Lebanon.

What happened? The latest release of MS Word has automatic tracking of edits and showed very clearly what was edited and when. Taranto links an html version of the report, the original word doc and the Times of London story which broke it.

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