(A)nonymous sources" claimed Israel "destroyed a nascent nuclear reactor." With North Korea's help, it was "secretly" being assembled.
Evidence was circumstantial at best. Hersh spent months researching his article.
He "was repeatedly told by current and former intelligence, diplomatic, and congressional officials that they were not aware of any solid evidence of ongoing nuclear weapons programs in Syria."
Center for American Progress nuclear policy director Joseph Cirincione said:- Advertisement -
"Syria does not have the technical, industrial, or financial ability to support a nuclear weapons program."
"I've been following this issue for fifteen years, and every once in a while a suspicion arises and we investigate and there's nothing. There was and is no nuclear-weapons threat from Syria. This is all political."
Others Hersh interviewed expressed similar sentiments. Alleged evidence was suspect at best, fake at worst. No concrete proof existed.- Advertisement -
"Much of what one would expect to see around a secret nuclear site was lacking at the target, a former State Department intelligence expert who now deals with proliferation issues for the Congress said."
"There (was) no security around the building. No barracks for the Army or the workers. No associated complex."