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At UN, Threats on Embassies in Syria Blamed on "Hacking," Churkin Cites Benghazi

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 13 -- After a reported threat against embassies in Damascus, Russia on November 12 proposed a draft press statement which would express grave concern the threats emanating from the Damascus military council of the Free Syrian Army and call on those who made them to repudiate the provocative statements.

  The draft was blocked, by France, and a new "silence procedure" deadline was set for November 13 at noon.

  An hour before that, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin was asked, what about the press statement? He asked, which one? (There was also pending Friday a statement on Syria military action in the Golan -- which Syria told Inner City Press was "orally approved" by the UN mission UNDOF.)

   After Churkin asked, which one, Inner City Press specified, the threats against embassies to leave Damascus in 72 hours. Churkin replied that the response had been that the website with the threat had been hacked. He said he's not sure of the technical details, but it may be that there are two competing groups.

   Churkin mentioned other recent attacks on diplomatic premises, citing in particular the attack on the US facility in Benghazi in Libya.

   And so it seems the draft press statement will not be adopted. Some linked this with the Golan draft statement. Now "hacking" is made public as rationale. Watch this site.

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