Washington, (SANA)- Infowars website said the Associated Press reporter Dale Gavlak has been threatened over her involvement in a story which exposed how the armed terrorist groups fighters were responsible for the August 21st chemical weapons attack after being handed the weapons by Saudi intelligence agents.
In an articles titled "Saudi Arabia Threatens to End Career of AP Reporter Over Chemical Weapons Story", the website said on August 29th, Mint Press News published an article co-authored by Gavlak which detailed how militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army in Ghouta admitted to reporter Yahya Ababneh that they were behind the August 21st chemical weapons incident, which the United States blamed on the Syrian government, adding that the opposition fighters have mishandled chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia.
"Although Gavlak did not collaborate on the story in her capacity as an AP correspondent, according to Mint Press News executive director Mnar Muhawesh, within 48 hours Gavlak received threats to end her career if she didn't disassociate herself from the article", according to the article.
The threats came from a third party who was most likely acting on behalf of Saudi Intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, according to Gavlak. Bandar is named in the story as having ordered the transfer of chemical weapons to the gunmen in Ghouta.
Gavlak has now been indefinitely suspended by the Associated Press with no public explanation from the news agency. It appears that the Saudi threats to end her career worked.
Gavlak also confirmed with several colleagues and Jordanian government officials that the Saudis have been supplying the armed terrorist groups with chemical weapons, according to Muhawesh.
The website highlighted that Gavlak was not threatened with a defamation lawsuit on the basis that her story was inaccurate, she was told that her career would be finished, noting that the story's entire credibility rests on Gavlak being an accredited AP journalist who has also worked for NPR and the BBC, which is why the people behind the threats were so insistent that Gavlak distance herself from the report.
On August 03th, Dale asked Mint Press to remove her name completely from the byline because she stated that her career and reputation was at risk. She continued to say that these third parties were demanding her to disassociate herself from the article or these parties would end her career, according to Muhawesh who added that despite the threats, he decided to keep her name attached to the report.
Gavlak's colleague Yahya Ababneh, who personally interviewed the gunmen in Ghouta, was also threatened.
"Yahya has recently notified me that the Saudi embassy contacted him and threatened to end his career if he did a follow up story on who carried out the most recent chemical weapons attack and demanded that he stop doing media interviews in regards to the subject," said Muhawesh.
Inforwars said that in revealing the threats, Gavlak and Ababneh "have not only thrown a fresh spotlight on the thuggish behavior of governments like Saudi Arabia who are arming Al-Qaeda led rebels in Syria, but have also bolstered the credibility of their original story, which could very well have helped prevent an attack on Syria".
The fact that Saudi Arabia is so desperate for Gavlak to distance herself from the story that it has resorted to underhanded threats, instead of openly denying the veracity of the report, the website added, suggests that the original article is indeed accurate and that Saudi Arabia is arming the gunmen with chemical weapons.
It also strongly indicates that the entire basis for US aggression towards Syria, currently playing out in the form of demands for Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons arsenal, is based on the completely fraudulent pretext, according to Inforwars.
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