Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the former British intelligence officer James Gustaf Edward Le Mesurier, the founder of the White Helmets, was killed because he knew important secrets.
"He was killed because he had many important details and secrets about prominent figures in the American and British regimes, and possibly other countries as well," Assad said in an interview with Sputnik and the Rossiya-24 channel.
Assad also stated that it was very likely that the Turkish intelligence had done this work on the instructions of the foreign intelligence services.
"These are the acts of intelligence agencies, the question is which ones? ...When we refer to Western intelligence agencies, including the Turkish and some other intelligence agencies in our region, we know that ... they are branches of the main intelligence agency, the CIA," Assad said.
Syrian President linked Le Mesurier's death to the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
"Were they to remain alive, there may have come a time or circumstance where they would have revealed the truth.
Maybe the founder of the White Helmets was writing his memoir and this is not acceptable. These are all probabilities, but they are very likely probabilities because the alternative is not convincing for me," Assad claimed.