In search of ‘Alex’, the elusive OPCW whistleblower

Brendan Whelan giving a presentation in 2017

Leaked documents

But let’s look at this from another angle: what evidence has “Alex” personally brought to the table? In support of his claims, WikiLeaks has published a collection of leaked documents. These all revolve around the activities of two men working for the OPCW at the time: Whelan and another inspector called Ian Henderson. There doesn’t appear to have been any significant input from a third person who might be “Alex”.

Ian Henderson made a video appearance at the UN last week

Redacted name

An intriguing feature of the documents is that while they often mention Henderson by name, every instance of Whelan’s name has been redacted in the leaked copies.



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Brian Whitaker

Brian Whitaker

Former Middle East editor of the Guardian. Website: Author of 'Arabs Without God'.