UK broadcaster Sky News cut short Major-General Jonathan Shaw, formerly one of the British Army’s most senior officers, in mid-sentence, as he cast doubt on London’s narrative on the alleged Syrian government gas attack in Douma.
News presenter Samantha Washington asked Shaw a narrowly-worded question, asking if Russian denials about the government’s responsibility would mean it’s necessary for any UK intervention in Syria to be approved by parliament.
But Shaw, who retired in 2012 to become a security expert, wanted to take the discussion back a step.
General Shaw said: “The debate that seems to be missing from this is – and this was actually mentioned by the ambassador – was what possible motive would have triggered Syria to launch a chemical attack at this time in this place?
“You know, the Syrians are winning. Don’t take my word for it. Take the American military’s word. General Vergel, the head of Centcom [sic – The commander of Centcom is General Joseph L. Votel] – he said to congress the other day, Assad has won this war, and we need to face that.
“Then you’ve got last week the statement by Trump – or tweet by Trump – that America has finished with ISIL and we were going to pull out soon, very soon.
“And then suddenly…”
But General Shaw was cut off by the host, who apologised for having kept him waiting, but said they had run out of time.
Many viewers saw the awkwardly cut short interview as a sign General Shaw was being censored for questioning the idea that the Assad regime launched the attack.
The channel had a ‘hard’ ad break scheduled for 2.27pm – after which they were due to show a half-hour segment with host Dermot Murnaghan interviewing Russia’s foreign affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova.
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Source : https://www.rt.com/news/424078-sky-news-general-shaw/
Source : https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tv-news-interview-former-army-12358938