"The US military and intelligence community has intercepted communications featuring Syrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week," according to a senile stenographer who parrots Pentagon talking points for CNN. Yes, that's an actual profession with dental benefits.
CNN's source? Do we really have to tell you?
Yes, it's our old friend — "anonymous senior US official".
So, what are we selling today, Mr. Senior US Official?
So far there are no intelligence intercepts that have been found directly confirming that Russian military or intelligence officials communicated about the attack. The official said the likelihood is the Russians are more careful in their communications to avoid being intercepted.
If you believe this CNN 'report', the likelihood of you being a baked potato is extremely high.
But here comes the real treasure trove of journalism:
"We know the Russians have chemical expertise in-country. We cannot talk about openly any complicity between the Russians and the Syrian regime in this -- in this case, but we're carefully assessing any information that would implicate the Russians knew or assisted with the Syrian capability."
But even if there is a definitive finding of Russian complicity, it's not clear the Pentagon or the White House would make that information public, a senior US official said.
See? Senior US officials are so responsible. They leak rumors that Assad consulted with crazy Russian scientists before gassing his own people — but they would never make information supporting this claim public. Because it's very sensitive, top secret intelligence.
Just trust us, okay?
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