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Iran: CIA says Curt Weldon's inside guy is not credible.

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posted on Jul, 21 2005 @ 11:54 AM
There seems to be a repeat of the leadup to Iraq fiasco, with exiles outside of the country feeding bad intelligence to US officials. Curt Weldon, author of the book 'Countdown to Terror', is one of these officials who seems to be buying into the lies being told by these exiles who have been placed on the CIA's 'burn' list.

The CIA doesn't seem to be buying into this time after being 'burned' the last time in Iraq.

Detroit Free Press

WASHINGTON -- House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Peter Hoekstra and Rep. Curt Weldon met secretly in Europe last week with an Iranian exile who CIA officials charge has passed worthless or bogus intelligence to the United States, current and former U.S. government officials said.

The Paris meeting appears to be the latest incident in which players outside the intelligence community try to affect U.S. foreign policy by highlighting threats that the CIA and other agencies find dubious.

In some ways, it echoes the claims by Iraqi exiles that President Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction, claims proven to be false after the U.S.-led invasion.

Weldon, R-Pa., says in a new book that the Iranian exile, whom he calls "Ali," told him of Iranian-sponsored terrorist plots against the United States.

But the CIA says it has wasted hundreds of hours checking the claims of Ali -- whose real name is Fereidoun Mahdavi -- and that they're a mix of fabrications and embellishments of news reports, according to a letter from the CIA to Weldon.

One of the dubious claims Curt Weldon has made is that Osama Bin Laden is hiding in Iran, as was discussed in the thread below:

Iran – The Ultimate State Sponsor of Terror: Osama’s New Home

I'm glad they are looking into the credibility of the people making these claims so there are no more Chalabis.

[edit on 21-7-2005 by AceOfBase]

posted on Jul, 21 2005 @ 01:40 PM
It doesn't matter how bad the intel is. As seen in the runup to Iraq, people will believe it because it suits their purposes to do so. The right wants a war with Iran. There may not be any real reasons for such a war, but they'll make themselves believe whatever they have to in order to get it. If people in the intel services don't supply the information they want, even if it doesn't exist, they will be forced to look for new jobs.

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