March 8, 2007

WHY DON'T OUR CHRIS HEDGES EVER HAVE TO SEEK ASYLUM SOMEWHERE?:

Former Iranian Defense Official Talks to Western Intelligence (Dafna Linzer, 3/08/07,
Washington Post)

A former Iranian deputy defense minister who once commanded the Revolutionary Guard has left his country and is cooperating with Western intelligence agencies, providing information on Hezbollah and Iran's ties to the organization, according to a senior U.S. official. [...]

Asgari served in the Iranian government until early 2005 under then-President Mohammad Khatami. Asgari's background suggests that he would have deep knowledge of Iran's national security infrastructure, conventional weapons arsenal and ties to Hezbollah in south Lebanon. Iranian officials said he was not involved in the country's nuclear program, and the senior U.S. official said Asgari is not being questioned about it. Former officers with Israel's Mossad spy agency said yesterday that Asgari had been instrumental in the founding of Hezbollah in the 1980s, around the time of the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. [...]

Former Mossad director Danny Yatom, who is now a member of Israel's parliament, said he believes Asgari defected to the West. "He is very high-caliber," Yatom said. "He held a very, very senior position for many long years in Lebanon. He was in effect commander of the Revolutionary Guards" there.

Ram Igra, a former Mossad officer, said Asgari spent much of the 1980s and 1990s overseeing Iran's efforts to support, finance, arm and train Hezbollah. The State Department lists the Shiite Lebanese group as a terrorist organization.

"He lived in Lebanon and, in effect, was the man who built, promoted and founded Hezbollah in those years," Igra told Israeli state radio. "If he has something to give the West, it is in this context of terrorism and Hezbollah's network in Lebanon."


Except that we don't need to know about Hezbollah and do need info about their nuclear program.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2007 8:10 AM
Comments

Ah, but if he knows something of where the Hezbos (i.e., Nasrallah) hide, or where any terror redoubts in Damascus might be, then the B-2s could take a practice run some night. Or a few blocks of C-4 could be placed under their beds. Whatever.

It would certainly influence the Syrian/Iranian positions during the upcoming "conference".

Posted by: ratbert at March 8, 2007 11:59 PM
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