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Friday, October 21, 2005 

Washington Post reveals uncensored Mehlis report

The Washington Post has unintentionally posted the uncensored version of the Mehlis report.

It has now replaced it with the official version.

The changes were made just hours before publication to protect the identity of the people mentioned.

But As'ad Abu Khalil discovered another difference between the two versions. In the original, Mehlis condemns the Lebanese media for spreading rumours and speculation about the Hariri assasination. Mehlis believed that the continuous anti-Syria accusations would prejudice a fair investigation.

From the Mehlis report:

95. The structure and organization of the Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services in Lebanon at the time of the blast, including protocols for reporting, shows a pervasive impact on everyday life in Lebanon. Good examples of this are documents collected from the former Syrian Intelligence post, Villa Jabr, at Bologna Forest, Lebanon and an intercepted telephone conversation between General Ghazali, head of Syrian intelligence in Lebanon, and a prominent Lebanese official on 19 July 2004, at 0945 hrs (excerpt):
“Ghazali:I know it is early but I thought we should keep up you posted. The President of the Republic told
me this morning that they are two to rule the country the Prime Minister and him. He said that
things cannot continue this way. The Prime Minister is always irritating him and we are always
shutting him up and yelling at him. He made it clear he cannot continue this way.
X: Take it easy on me. Can you appoint a new Government at this time?
Ghazali: Yes we can appoint one. What could be the problem? We can name Botros Harb.
Ghazali: Let me tell you one thing. Let the worker’s movement take the street on the 20th in Solidere and
X: Let’s speak it over. Take it easily. I have to take into consideration the best interests of Syrian and
Ghazali: We are keen on Syria’s best interest but I am now talking about Rafik Hariri.
X: So, the decision is taken.
Ghazali: I wish to tell you one thing. Whenever we need to speak to Hariri we have to suck up to him and
he does not always answer.
X: To hell with him. What do I care about him?
Ghazali: What do I care about him? The President can’t stand him so why should I?
X: Fine, may he rot in hell …
Ghazali: No. Let him be the laughing stock and be pointed at as the person who ruined and indebted the
country. Let the people take the street in Koraytem and Solidere; let the manifestations continue
until he is forced to resign like a dog.
X: What about another option. I send him a message saying: Resign God damn it.
Ghazali: No, don’t send him a message or else he will say they forced me to resign. Let the street … you
know what I mean. Or else he will use this as a bargaining card with his American and French
X: So shall we leave things to the street?
Ghazali: This is better.
X: Let’s go for it.”

It is rumored that Mr. X is speaker of parliament Nabih Berri. The tape was not released at this point.

Mehlis said that the Syrian names were taken out of the report on the assumption of innocense

Mehlis got an extension of time for his investigation It adding more pressure on the syrian regime,with the extension of time for Mehlis investigation.Bashar fate is 100% in the hand of Bush.

the alawis in the regime know that the syrian people hate them,they look only toward a deal with usa in exchange to remain in power.

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