Inner City Press

Inner City Press -- Investigative Reporting From the United Nations to Wall Street to the Inner City

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

  Search Search WWW (censored?)

In Other Media-eg AJE, FP, Georgia, NYT Azerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .


Follow us on TWITTER

Home -

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis


(FP Twitterati 100, 2013)

ICP on YouTube

UN: Sri Lanka


FOIA Finds  

Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

Support this work by buying this book

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

Araud Says Ban Told France Last Night Syria Report Monday- & Finger Assad?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 12 -- After French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said earlier today that the UN report on chemical weapons in Syria will be released on Monday, and will implicate Bashar al Assad, the question arose: how did he know?

Outside the UN Security Council at 10 am on Thursday, Inner City Press asked French Ambassador Gerard Araud, how did minister Fabius know?

Araud replied, we were told last night.

Inner City Press followed up, If you don't mind, by whom?

Araud paused. By the Secretary General, he said.

While appreciative of any answer, it raised more questions. Did Ban Ki-moon tell only the French or "P3" including the US and UK? Who in turn transferred the information or spin to their favorite pass-throughs?

More troublingly, did Ban actually tell France and others that the report will allow the assignment of responsibility, specifically to Assad? Because that's what the leakees, and then Fabius, said.

The UN Secretariat should immediately clarify this. At its noon briefing on Thursday, it appears the whole space will be taken up the Herve Ladsous, the former French diplomat who now heads UN Peacekeeping. Watch this site.


Share |

* * *

These reports are usually also available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis.

Click here for Sept 26, 2011 New Yorker on Inner City Press at UN

Click for re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-303, UN, NY 10017 USA

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

  Search  Search WWW (censored?)

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

            Copyright 2006-2013 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]