An Associated Press reporter, Dale Gavlak, who was supposed to have contributed to a Mint Press article, ‘EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack‘ now says that she had nothing to do with the research or contributed to the article in anyway. Gavlak has alluded that the article was in whole or part fictitious
Dale Gavlak made the following statement about the article:
“Mint Press News incorrectly used my byline for an article it published on August 29, 2013 alleging chemical weapons usage by Syrian rebels. Despite my repeated requests, made directly and through legal counsel, they have not been willing to issue a retraction stating that I was not the author. Yahya Ababneh is the sole reporter and author of the Mint Press News piece. To date, Mint Press News has refused to act professionally or honestly in regards to disclosing the actual authorship and sources for this story.
I did not travel to Syria, have any discussions with Syrian rebels, or do any other reporting on which the article is based. The article is not based on my personal observations and should not be given credence based on my journalistic reputation. Also, it is false and misleading to attribute comments made in the story as if they were my own statements.”
Politisite had posted an article, ‘Syrian Rebels say Saudis provided them Nerve Gas for Attack’ that ultimately came from news site Mint Press reporting on August 30, 2013. While we did not use the article directly, some of the news sources we used compiled their data from the Mint Press article.
While there is still confusion on whether the August 21, 2013 Chemical Attack attack was perpetrated by the Assad government or the Syrian Rebels one should not use the cited articles to draw conclusions.