The chief of the Syrian intelligence’s public relations division Alaaddin al-Sabbagh has defected in an online video on Sunday, calling on Syrian ambassadors, government ministers and security officials to do the same.
“In this crucial stage of the Syrian revolution, I Alaa Addine al-Sabbagh, the director of public relations divisions at the Syrian general intelligence, and this is my ID; I declare my defection from the Assad criminal regime and joining the great Syrian revolution,” Sabbagh said in the video.
“As my revolutionary brothers know, I was serving the revolution through my work. Today, everyone has to declare affiliation to the revolution of the Syrian people,” he added.
‘I urge the officers from different security services, ambassadors, ministers, delegates, diplomats and military attaches whom I taught and know me very well to join the revolution.”
“The Syrian revolution is open to everyone before the regime collapses completely. The regime today is clinically dead. Long Live Syria, free.”
Al-Sabbagh’s move is the latest high profile’s defection since foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdassi reportedly left the country and headed to the United States.
A constant stream of defections whether leading officials or just the army show the regime of president Bashar al-Assad might be losing his grip on power.