Rough notes from a few colleagues on Syria and chemical weapons:
*** have been able to confirm from separate western intelligence sources that the initial intelligence intercepts (confirming the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime) came from Israeli intelligence.
The IDF (Israeli Defense Force) intel unit 8200 which is a military intel listening unit focused on Syria is cooperating with the NSA and it appears they did so this time as well.
Initially, according to well-placed US intelligence sources, there was apparent confusion over whether chem. weapons were used and who gave the orders, but the US now has access to those conversations.
Quick note on what type of intelligence the administration has on the Syrian chemical attack.
Senior US official confirms ***WSJ report saying that over the weekend the White House was reviewing satellite images that suggest the Assad regime was covering up the chemical attack. Though keep in mind again that not all of this intel will be released in the public report; much of it will wind up in the classified version that goes to the Hill.
The U.S. official also confirmed that Susan Rice wanted to get the UN inspectors out because the US already believes it has the info it needs to confirm Syrian government culpability.
A White House official would not comment on internal deliberations.