U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show


  • Le tout nouveau président du CNS (opposition en exil, principale composante de l’opposition dite de Ryadh) qui vient d’être élu est Anas al-Abdeh. Celui-ci est le fondateur du Mouvement Justice et Développement :
    Il a cofondé ce mouvement avec son frère Malik al-Abdeh :
    A la même époque (vers 2006-2011) Malik al-Abdeh, frère du nouveau président du CNS donc, a aussi été le directeur de la chaîne Barada TV, chaîne anti-Bachar et basée à Londres, dont un câble Wikileaks traité par le Washington Post nous a révélé qu’elle, ainsi que le Mouvement cofondé avec son frère, avaient été financés secrètement par le State Department :

    The State Department has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables.
    [...] Barada TV is closely affiliated with the Movement for Justice and Development, a London-based network of Syrian exiles. Classified U.S. diplomatic cables show that the State Department has funneled as much as $6 million to the group since 2006 to operate the satellite channel and finance other activities inside Syria. The channel is named after the Barada River, which courses through the heart of Damascus, the Syrian capital.[...]
    It is unclear when the group began to receive U.S. funds, but cables show U.S. officials in 2007 raised the idea of helping to start an anti-Assad satellite channel.People involved with the group and with Barada TV, however, would not acknowledge taking money from the U.S. government.
    “I’m not aware of anything like that,” Malik al-Abdeh, Barada TV’s news director, said in a brief telephone interview from London.

    Via twitter Pichon

    • En plus d’être un (ancien ?) agent américain, le nouveau président du CNS est, selon Angry arab, un sectaire anti-chiite, et pour cela apprécié des Saoudiens :

      The new leader of the Syrian National Coalition
      This new leader, Anas Al-’Abdah, is prefect for the Qatari and Saudi regimes. He is an expert in anti-Shi`ite Islamist agitation and is the author of the famous report on the Shi’itization of the Syrian Sunni population. Media of Saudi princes was quite happy with his elevation. Having said that, please continue to follow the lead of Liz Sly and refer to Syrian National Coalition as “secular”.