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Officials: U.S. 'outed' Iran's Spies in 1997 (Operation Sapphire)
USA Today ^ | Mar. 29, 2004 | Barbara Slavin

Posted on 03/30/2004 5:04:53 AM PST by nuconvert

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:42:12 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON After a bombing killed 19 U.S. airmen at a barracks in Saudi Arabia in 1996, the Clinton administration struck back by unmasking Iranian intelligence officers around the world, significantly disrupting Iranian-backed terrorism, according to a high-level U.S. official and a former top official who was serving at the time of the operation.


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 1994; 1996; 1997; 200403; heu; humint; iran; kazakhstan; khobartowers; louisfreeh; mrterror; operationsapphire; opsapphire; sapphire; saudiarabia; spies; terrorism; uranium; wot
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1 posted on 03/30/2004 5:04:54 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
Modern pantywaist CIA op, if true. "Outed" the Irani intelligence agents? Why didn't we "disappear" them?
2 posted on 03/30/2004 5:07:37 AM PST by FreedomPoster (This space intentionally blank)
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To: FreedomPoster
Because of Toon's EO prohibitting assassination, of course. Convenient, wasn't it?
3 posted on 03/30/2004 5:10:24 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: nuconvert
"two other officials spoke about the operation on condition they not be named. Both had knowledge of the operation when it occurred, and both are motivated to speak now at least in part to defend the Clinton administration's anti-terrorism credentials. Separately, CIA officials declined to comment. They said it was standard practice not to give information about covert activities." " former high-level U.S. official"

But it's okay to anonymously give out info on covert activities?
4 posted on 03/30/2004 5:10:33 AM PST by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( President Bush 3-20-04))
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To: nuconvert
Maybe it is when you re-use an operational name. Click here to see what I mean.
5 posted on 03/30/2004 5:13:03 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
Exactly. He didn't want to "get involved" in anything bigger.
6 posted on 03/30/2004 5:13:13 AM PST by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( President Bush 3-20-04))
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To: nuconvert
If this Operation Sapphire existed at all :)
7 posted on 03/30/2004 5:14:26 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
Oh, I know. It was more of a rhetorical question.

And it goes beyond the 'Toon, to Church, and another Dem Congressional committee, as well. Can't recall the second one.
8 posted on 03/30/2004 5:15:13 AM PST by FreedomPoster (This space intentionally blank)
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To: mewzilla
"As part of the de-nuclearization process, the U.S. and Kazakhstan executed Operation Sapphire, which removed 600 kilograms of a weapons-grade HEU-non-HEU mix from Kazakhstan in 1994."

That's weird.
9 posted on 03/30/2004 5:15:22 AM PST by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( President Bush 3-20-04))
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To: mewzilla
Maybe the code is wrong or the real one isn't being used.
I can't believe the whole story is made up.
10 posted on 03/30/2004 5:17:00 AM PST by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( President Bush 3-20-04))
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To: FreedomPoster
These agents would not have been "outed" if we were not positive they were the ones responsible.

Bottom line on Clinton Administration response to terrorism:

They killed 19 Americans.
We made them stay after school.

No wonder they were emboldened to attack on 9/11. Terrorists knew Clinton considered terrorism a "Law Enforcement" problem. They knew that if caught by Clinton Administration holdovers, the worst that would ha pen was an appearance ticket and 50 hours of community service.

Someone might ask the Clintonista sources for this story if they know about:

The Chicago Way
The concept of "all enemies foreign and domestic"
The Golden Rule of dealing with terrorists; Do unto them before they do unto you!
11 posted on 03/30/2004 5:18:06 AM PST by MindBender26 (For more news as it happens, news first, fast, 5 minutes sooner, stay tuned to FReeper Radio!)
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To: nuconvert
After 8 years of Toon's megalomania, I can :)
12 posted on 03/30/2004 5:18:30 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Valin; F14 Pilot; AdmSmith
PonG
13 posted on 03/30/2004 5:28:16 AM PST by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( President Bush 3-20-04))
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To: nuconvert
...both are motivated to speak now at least in part to defend the Clinton administration's anti-terrorism credentials...

Lemme guess ... Paul Begala and James Carville?

14 posted on 03/30/2004 5:29:22 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Yeah, but is "Operation Sapphire" real? or is it Memorex?
15 posted on 03/30/2004 5:30:57 AM PST by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( President Bush 3-20-04))
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To: nuconvert
I don't really care if it's real or Memorex. When the "motivation" to out a covert operation is to twist someone's "legacy", by definition it's political -- which is exactly what our intelligence agencies DO NOT need while we're at war.
16 posted on 03/30/2004 5:38:28 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: nuconvert
Clinton "outed" some Iranian spies in response to the slaughter of 19 Americans? Wow, that'll teach those thilly thavages a lesson they'll never forget.

I think this whole story is bogus anyway. My guess is that the first name of one official is "Richard" and the last name of the other official is "Clarke".

17 posted on 03/30/2004 5:47:06 AM PST by mikegi
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To: mewzilla
Because of Toon's EO prohibitting assassination, of course. Convenient, wasn't it?

EO 12333 prohibits assassination; it dates back to the Ford administration.

18 posted on 03/30/2004 5:49:12 AM PST by Poohbah ("Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?" -- Maj. Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: Poohbah
I thought Toon signed another one?
19 posted on 03/30/2004 5:51:00 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Poohbah
You're right. Apparently Toon re-issued it. If if was still in force from Ford, wonder why Toon bothered? To make a point?
20 posted on 03/30/2004 5:53:51 AM PST by mewzilla
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