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WASHINGTON - Contrary to a news media narrative that Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri has provided the United States with intelligence on covert Iranian nuclear weapons work, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sources familiar with the Amiri case say he told his CIA handlers that there was no such Iranian nuclear weapons program, according to a former CIA officer.
Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counter-terrorism official, told Inter Press Service (IPS) that his sources were CIA officials with direct knowledge of the entire Amiri operation.
But Giraldi said it is "largely a defense mechanism" to ward off criticism of the agency for its handling of the Amiri case. "The fact is he wasn't well vetted," said Giraldi, adding that Amiri was a "walk-in" about whom virtually nothing was known except his job.
Warrick and Miller could not get CIA officials to discuss Amiri. Instead they quoted the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI) as saying that Amiri "has been associated with sensitive nuclear programs for at least a decade".
The NCRI is the political arm of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), the anti-regime Iranian terrorist organization that has been a conduit for Israeli intelligence on the Iranian nuclear program.
In creating that false narrative, journalists have evidently been guided by personal convictions on the issue that are aligned with certain US, European and Israeli officials who have been pressuring the Barack Obama administration to reject the 2007 estimate.
For the Israelis and for some US officials, reversing the conclusion that Iran was not actively pursuing weaponization was considered a precondition for maneuvering US policy into a military confrontation with Iran.
Fordow lies just north of Qom. Its uranium enrichment facility is under construction and is planned to be operational in 2011. Although Iran has clearly stated that the facility is for civil purposes, there is a lot of scepticism about it among the western powers.
At the 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh summit, U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom, and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France made statements regarding a purportedly undisclosed nuclear enrichment facility still under construction at Qom, drawing parallels with a similar facility at Natanz.
I love idiots, especially those who continue to believe and then espouse that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program and that they do not seek nuclear weapons. Question, being this is not a matter of "if" but when, when Iran does acquire a nuclear weapon(s), be assured, I will return to this dark and dank forum, search out all the denial threads within this entire forum, and then proceed to prostrate all you people stuck on stupid and denial. Bet.