Report: Top Syrian Official Defects

Reuters reports that Jihad Makdissi, the well-known spokesman of Syria’s Foreign Ministry, has left the country and defected from the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. A “diplomatic source” told the news organization that “he is out of Syria.” Makdissi led the regime’s PR war during the course of the revolution, responding to allegations of civilian massacres with lines like “what happened wasn’t an attack on civilians.” If reports are accurate, Makdissi joins a long line of other high-ranking former Syrian officials to leave the regime.