Thursday, February 22, 2007

They're At It Again - More Bogus Intelligence

It sounds like the same scam the US ran on the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq only this time the bogus intelligence is being fed to the IAEA inspectors in Iran.

The latest IAEA report on Iran reveals that the intelligence on Iran's nuclear facilities provided to UN inspectors by US spy agencies has turned out to be largely unfounded. Like their UNSCOM predecessors, the IAEA inspectors dutifully followed these leads to find out they led to nothing.

This is not to excuse Iran. The report clearly found Iran defiant of a UN Security Council ultimatum that it freeze its nuclear programme. However, Washington's marching orders are no longer being accepted unless it first passes a "credibility test."

The UN inspectors, however, have found plenty to report. From The Guardian:

"One of the "outstanding issues" listed in yesterday's report involves a 15-page document that appears to have been handed to IAEA inspectors by mistake with a batch of unrelated paperwork in October 2005.

"That document roughly describes how to make hemispheres of enriched uranium, for which the only known use is in nuclear warheads. Iran has yet to present a satisfactory explanation of how and why it has the document."

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