This reminds me of the email that Josh Landis put up on his blog. The one the Guardian wouldn't publish.
You know the email alleged to be from Manaf Tlass?
Now we have a "statement" That's right. A statement. It is alleged that Manaf Tlass sent a statement to AP?
"I sincerely hope that the blood stops flowing and that the country emerges from the crisis through a phase of constructive transition that guarantees Syria its unity, stability and security, as well as the aspirations of its people," he said in the statement.Did he actually write or express any of the words/thoughts above? In the statement sent to AP.
"I am ready like any other Syrian, with no other ambition, to fulfill my civic duty to contribute to a better future for my country, as much as I can, and like all those... who have already made many sacrifices," he said.
That could have come from anyone. Anywhere.
"I cannot but express my anger and pain at seeing the army pushed to carry out a fight that is against its principles, a fight directed by6 security forces and in which the people, including the soldiers, are the victims," he said.He is believed to be in Paris. Believed. By who?
"When I took a position and refused to take part in the security action, I was isolated, accused and even labeled a traitor," he said.
"But my conscience, my deep conviction, pushed me to challenge this destructive action and to distance myself."
You may recall the NYT's was questioning the absence of the golden boy
Absence of Manaf Tlass raises questions
"On Wednesday the Foreign Ministry had to concede it did not know his whereabouts."You may recall the much ballyhooed defection on July 5/2012?