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2007-12-10 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
CIA program lures key Iranian officials to defect
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Posted by Fred 2007-12-10 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6469 views ]  Top
 File under: Govt of Iran 

Posted by JosephMendiola 2007-12-10 02:59||   2007-12-10 02:59|| Front Page Top

#2 Oh, goody. Defector games, my favorite.
Posted by Rory B. Bellows 2007-12-10 03:55||   2007-12-10 03:55|| Front Page Top

#3 none has been in a position to provide comprehensive information on Tehran's nuclear program

Nevertheless -

Intelligence gathered as part of that campaign provided much of the basis for a U.S. report released last week that concluded the Islamic Republic had halted its nuclear weapons work in 2003

So the change in the intelligence estimate is significant - but baseless.
Posted by Bobby 2007-12-10 05:41||   2007-12-10 05:41|| Front Page Top

#4 The defections are lovely, and no doubt contribute to nervous breakdowns in the religious oligarchy. (Congratulations to those who are getting things done at the CIA!) But the nuclear weapons work as such doesn't matter. The key is accumulating the refined uranium, and that has continued... with Iran currently looking to acquire another 50,000 centrifuges, if I recall correctly.
Posted by trailing wife">trailing wife  2007-12-10 08:11||   2007-12-10 08:11|| Front Page Top

#5 The defections are lovely, and no doubt contribute to nervous breakdowns in the religious oligarchy.

Unless they are double agents, either sponsored by the regime or as a Chalabi-like path to internal politics. Which is quite likely.
Posted by lotp 2007-12-10 08:25||   2007-12-10 08:25|| Front Page Top

#6 I trust defectors just slightly more than the dhimocrats. They have too much tendency to be doubles, or plants.
Posted by DarthVader">DarthVader  2007-12-10 10:01||   2007-12-10 10:01|| Front Page Top

#7 Jeez Darth, "doubles or plants" aptly describes most of the "patriotic liberals" I've ever met.
Posted by Mullah Richard 2007-12-10 10:40||   2007-12-10 10:40|| Front Page Top

#8 "secret defector program"

is that the sequel to the "secret nuclear bunker"?
Posted by Blackbeard Hupaise3045 2007-12-10 11:09||   2007-12-10 11:09|| Front Page Top

#9 I can't believe anything I hear from the CIA.

They are either

1) fools,

2) dhimmicrats (but I repeat myself) or

3) deliberately spreading disinformation to confuse the enemy in which case they are also confusing the American people.

I don't like any of these conclusions. Can anyone do any better? I can only hope that Bush is getting better information from them than we are but it's a slim hope.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2007-12-10 15:35||   2007-12-10 15:35|| Front Page Top

#10 It's not legal for the CIA to plant false information in a domestic news source. At least I don't think it is. So if this story did start in the LA Times, it's not disinformation by the folks at CIA.
Posted by Mike N. 2007-12-10 16:02||   2007-12-10 16:02|| Front Page Top

#11 Been telling you folks for years the CIA is broken.
Posted by OldSpook 2007-12-10 21:57||   2007-12-10 21:57|| Front Page Top

#12 #11: "Been telling you folks for years the CIA is broken full of America-hating traitors."

There - fixed that for ya', OS.
Posted by Barbara Skolaut">Barbara Skolaut  2007-12-10 22:14||]">[]  2007-12-10 22:14|| Front Page Top

#13 Knew the CIA was broken on 9/11.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2007-12-10 23:05||   2007-12-10 23:05|| Front Page Top

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