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WAR: Newspaper: U.S. taps IAEA Chief ElBaradei phone

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posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 05:23 AM
Officials in the U.S. government are currently analyzing intercepted phone calls between International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei has with Iranians diplomats in an apparent effort to oust him. The sources within the government indicated that the intercepts did not provide any evidence of wrongdoing by ElBaradei.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Bush administration is scrutinizing intercepted telephone conversations that International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei had with Iranian diplomats in search of ammunition to oust him from his post, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

The newspaper said it showed the lengths to which some in the administration are going to try to replace a top international diplomat who questioned Washington's actions in Iraq and on the Iran nuclear issue.

The report, sourced to three unnamed U.S. government officials, said the intercepts had produced no evidence of nefarious conduct by ElBaradei.

However, it said some within the administration believe the conversations show ElBaradei, the director general at the United Nation's nuclear watchdog agency, lacks impartiality because he tried to help Iran to navigate a diplomatic crisis over its nuclear programs.

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The administration feels that ElBaradei simply has not been as tough on Iran as he should be. They also feel that he has been impartial because he has tried to help Iran during out the current nuclear crisis. However ElBaradei has international support and it will be difficult barring any evidence of impropriety for the U.S. to oust him from his post.

posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 10:59 AM
This asks for an update... not much to add.


Apr. 22, 2011 1:38 PM ET
ElBaradei suggests war crimes probe of Bush team
CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent

NEW YORK (AP) — Former chief U.N. nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei suggests in a new memoir that Bush administration officials should face international criminal investigation for the "shame of a needless war" in Iraq.

Freer to speak now than he was as an international civil servant, the Nobel-winning Egyptian accuses U.S. leaders of "grotesque distortion" in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, when then-President George W. Bush and his lieutenants claimed Iraq possessed doomsday weapons despite contrary evidence collected by ElBaradei's and other arms inspectors inside the country.

The Iraq war taught him that "deliberate deception was not limited to small countries ruled by ruthless dictators," ElBaradei writes in "The Age of Deception," being published Tuesday by Henry Holt and Company.


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