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Some people may Google to locate lost loves, or check out potential new ones. The state department resorts to the internet search engine when it is trying to penetrate the clandestine world of international nuclear weapons proliferators.
A junior foreign service officer, employed at the state department for only a few months and who was given the task of investigating Iranians with possible links to the country's nuclear programme typed "Iran and nuclear" into his browser, the Washington Post reported today.
The newspaper said the state department adopted the research method after the CIA refused to reveal any names of Iranians involved in the country's weapons programme. The agency claimed that agents on the Iran desk were already overworked and that such a disclosure could compromise its intelligence sources on Iran.