Gerhard Schindler, told German lawmakeers last week, that they had intercepted many messages to the presidential palace in Damascus, asking for permission to use sarin gas, all of which Assad refused. This is a direct contradiction of the White House talking memos that claimed we had proof positive that Assad was behind the attacks.
Gerhard Schindler is the head of the German Foreign Intelligence agency. Schindler, expressly told lawmakers that Assad did not order, nor did he approve of using sarin gas.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said on CNN's State of the Union, that it was only common sense to place the blame on Assad. That was a huge back up from Obama's original remarks that they had irrefutable proof . And, now, just two days later McDonough's remarks have to be called to attention.It is difficult to believe, German Intelligence didn't share this information with us.
Russia put out a hundred page report, questioning whether the rebels had the wherewithal to conduct the August 21st attacks. Many in the intelligence community have said that they do not have any proof of who controls which weapons in Syria, meaning that the best they could do is guess.
Bild am Sonntag, a very popular and credible German Sunday paper conducted interviews from several intelligence sources. The paper quoted German Intelligence officers of not believing that Assad ordered or sanctioned the attack. Assad told Charley Rose, that no one had any evidence that he had ordered the attacks. A conversation was intercepted between a leader of Hezbollah and Iranian officials, in which the Hezbollah leader said that Assad ordered the attack out of anger and that it was a huge mistake.
But none of that could be proven and it was suggested that the Hezbollah leader had merely guessed Assad had ordered the attack.