February 22, 2007

WHY DO THEY STILL CALL IT INTELLIGENCE?:

US intelligence on Iran does not stand up, say Vienna sources (Julian Borger, February 23, 2007, The Guardian)

Much of the intelligence on Iran's nuclear facilities provided to UN inspectors by American spy agencies has turned out to be unfounded, according to diplomatic sources in Vienna. [...]

At the heart of the debate are accusations, spearheaded by the US, that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons. However, most of the tip-offs about supposed secret weapons sites provided by the CIA and other US intelligence agencies have led to dead ends when investigated by IAEA inspectors, according to informed sources in Vienna.

"Most of it has turned out to be incorrect," said a diplomat at the IAEA with detailed knowledge of the agency's investigations. [...]

A western counter-proliferation official accepted that intelligence on Iran had sometimes been patchy but argued that the essential point was Iran's failure to live up to its obligations under the non-proliferation treaty.

"I take on board on what they're saying, but the bottom line is that for nearly 20 years [the Iranians] were violating safeguards agreements," the official said. "There is a confidence deficit here about the regime's true intentions."


Which ought to be sufficient, instead of manufacturing bogeymen.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2007 9:34 PM
Comments

The Guardian's only willing to offer "informed sources" in Vienna? And here I'd thought reporters were already as lazy as they could be.

Posted by: ras at February 22, 2007 10:09 PM

The Dems accused the Bush White House cherry picking intelligence findings to support its invasion of Iraq. Why should we believe anything provided by such a non-intelligent intelligence agency?

Posted by: ic at February 23, 2007 4:08 AM

However, most of the tip-offs about supposed secret weapons sites provided by the CIA and other US intelligence agencies have led to dead ends when investigated by IAEA inspectors, according to informed sources in Vienna.

And this is surprising how? The IAEA couldn't find a muslim nuclear weapons program if it was under their noses, what with closing their eyes hard and humming loudly .....

Posted by: Molon Labe at February 23, 2007 2:22 PM

No one could.

Posted by: oj at February 23, 2007 5:20 PM
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