...And 12 very high-level former intelligence officials wrote the following memorandum to Obama today:
АПД. - Продолжение: до сих пор не выявлена прямая связь Асада с химическими атаками; там же материал Reuters по теме:
No direct link to President Bashar al-Assad or his inner circle has been publicly demonstrated, and some U.S. sources say intelligence experts are not sure whether the Syrian leader knew of the attack before it was launched or was only informed about it afterward.
While U.S. officials say Assad is responsible for the chemical weapons strike even if he did not directly order it, they have not been able to fully describe a chain of command for the August 21 attack in the Ghouta area east of the Syrian capital.