In all seriousness, this is the story of two sides waging an information war and maybe even covert operations against each other.
In This Corner: Al-Asaad
At the end of July a Syrian Colonel by the name of Riad Al-Asaad called Agence France Press to declare that he has formed the Free Syrian Army with the aim to topple the Al-Assad regime.
My reaction was: Really? Who tips a government that they are coming after them?
In September the same guy provided a nice quote to BBC's Panaroma program:
In a safe house in a bordering nation, I met one of the highest ranking defectors from the army - Colonel Riad al-Asaad, a Sunni like most people in Syria. (...)
The colonel and other officers have defected to form the Free Syria Army. Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, he is not confident that Syria's regime will fall without bloodshed.
"We are counting of defections and there are large numbers occurring every day," he said during our meeting. "But this regime cannot be taken out except by force and if they do not agree to go peacefully we will have to take them out by force."When it became clear that the "bordering nation" was Turkey, on 4 October, the Turkish media reported his statements about Free Syria Army and BBC quoted him on the same day about France's unhappiness with Syria.
On Tuesday, Turkish media reported that a colonel who had defected from the Syrian army was calling for a united front against Mr Assad.
"Opponent forces in Syria should get united and close ranks until the regime collapses," Col Riad al-Asaad, who is sheltering in Turkey, told the Anatolia news agency.At that point, I made a note of him, as I thought he was someone with great media contacts waging a war of perceptions.