When someone begins a statement with “So” it is not a got sign in the telling the truth department. His looking down is also a red flag in terms of being honest and forthright.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says “we don’t have any chemical weapons” and says this in a monotone with a glottal fry as he dies off at the end of his statement which is usually a major signal of deception,
He then gets really breathy and his breathing changes as he says “we gave up our arsenal two years ago.”. This is also a signal of deception in most cases. As he says this he looks down and you can see the visible change in his respiration as he uses more upper chest breathing.
He says even if r had them we wouldn’t use them ( said in an unemotional montone) , he then says UH ( another signal of deception in this contexts) as he says he have never used UH our chemical arsenal in our history. His head is cocked to the side as you see here which is also often signal of deception considering the context. His voice is breathy and waivering and not solid as one’s voice would be if they were being forthright in denying chemical attacks.
When asked by the interviewer what happened, he doesn’t make sense. He says “as I said” but he didn’t say .. Then he blames it on Al Qaeda.
With head still cocked to the side and monotone low intensity and low volume speech pattern, he covers himself for liable as he says It is our impression that the West – the United States is hand and glove with the terrorists. As he says this there is a mono-expression which means no emotion and no reaction on his face. And then he raises his eyebrows which means he is doubting what he has just said which is a signal of deception
He continues to die off at the end of his sentences and is barely audible which is yet another signal of deception. He continues to cover himself by saying “that is what we believe .” He doesnt accuse, he just gives his opinion so legally he can’t get into hot water.
He says that the US made this up as a pretext and “that is what ‘we” believe.” He says it is propaganda and thereas no investigation. As he says this he is still monototne and dies off at end.
Now look at his body language,turned inward His toes are turned inward whichin dicates insecurity on his part which is also reflected in his tone and voice pattern and his fingers are interlocked as he gestures.
You also see a shoulder shrug which further indicates deceptive movement as he continues to point the finger at Al Qaeda.And he begins his next statement with a long EHHHHH sound which does not do much for his credibility in my view.
“About the attack it is not clear whether it happened or not”, says Asad. He dies off at the end as he says this which is a signal of deception.
He also shows the back of his hand as she gestures which can also bee seen as a signal of deception along with his barely audible voice which speaks volumes to me.
He then says we don’t know if it happened or not as you can’t tell since there are so many “fake videos” out there on the internet now. He says they are Al Qaeda who shave their beard wore white hats and appeared as humanitarian heroes which is not the case. As eh says this he strugs his shoulder.
He also questions of the children were really children of that area or if they were dead at all. The then asks who committed the attack if there was an attack?
The fact that he is asking questions, instead of giving answers concerns me. When people ask a myriad of questions as opposed to giving facts, it is often suspect and leads one to believe they are not being forthright.
He says you have no information at all as he shrugs his shoulders. Well since he is being accused, why not get some information and show proof that he didn’t do it as he said. But by asking questions and pointing the finger and speculation it makes one further dowt Assad’s veracity of what he is saying and credibility.
At the end he gets defensive and puts his hand between his legs indicating that he is feeling vulnerable in doing this gesture. He gestures with his palms to him and that is also not a good signal as far as being truthful is concerned in my estimation.
And finally what really makes me believe he is not being forthright is that when he is asked if he thinks this is a fabrication, looks down and shakes his head no when he should be shaking it yes as he relies, :”Definately, a 100 percent and stammers on the words huh hundred percent. His voice and tone is also disturbing to me in that it is too monotone and he is way too inaudible
In order to get a baseline of how Assad sounded earlier in his speeches, his voice appeared strong and audible and his gestures were more formidable and forceful. So that leads me to believe he knows a lot more than he is saying in the interview to the BBC.