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Iran - CIA 'gave bomb plan to Tehran' (Clinton Legacy - Nuclear weapons)
Gulf Daily News ^ | January 5, 2005

Posted on 01/04/2006 3:36:46 PM PST by HAL9000

VIENNA: The CIA, using a double-agent Russian scientist, may have handed a blueprint for a nuclear bomb to Iran.

State of War by James Risen, the New York Times reporter who exposed the Bush administration's controversial domestic spying operation, claims the plans contained fatal flaws designed to derail Tehran's nuclear drive.

But the deliberate errors were so rudimentary they would have been easily fixed by sophisticated Russian nuclear scientists, the book said.

The operation, which took place during the Clinton administration in early 2000, was codenamed Operation Merlin and "may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA," according to Risen.

It called for the unnamed scientist, a defector from the Soviet nuclear programme, to offer Iran the blueprint for a "firing set" - the intricate mechanism which triggers the chain reaction needed for a nuclear explosion.

Iranian officials are expected to explain a decision to resume nuclear fuel research to the International Atomic Energy Agency in a meeting at IAEA headquarters as US froze the assets of two Iranian companies.

Germany and France warned Iran against the planned resumption of nuclear research and development work, saying this could endanger Iranian-EU talks designed to resolve a volatile dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

The West suspects that Iran, which calls for Israel's destruction, wants nuclear technology to build bombs. Iran says its atomic work aims solely to generate electricity and years of IAEA inquiries have found nothing to clearly disprove this.

Diplomats close to the IAEA said a delegation from Tehran was expected at agency headquarters in Vienna to brief some of its senior officials on what the fresh research and development would entail.

A European Union diplomat said Mohammad Saeedi, deputy director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, would head the delegation and would meet IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

Iran has been combing Europe and ex-Soviet states for materials and expertise of potential use in making atom bombs, says a leaked intelligence report casting doubt on diplomacy to ease a crisis over Tehran's nuclear drive.

The intelligence assessment suggested the black market in nuclear technology remained strong and elusive despite the 2004 downfall of Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who ran an international atomic smuggling network.

Asked about the report, leaked to Britain's Guardian newspaper, diplomats close to the IAEA cautioned that it offered no evidence Iran was obtaining products of exclusive use in building nuclear weapons.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said the Guardian story was designed to "negatively affect Iran's transparent measures and its cooperation with the IAEA."



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aqkhan; axisofevil; billclinton; cia; cialeaks; clinton; clintonlegacy; eavesdropping; firingset; iran; irannukes; jamesrisen; loosenukes; merlin; newyorktimes; nsawiretapping; nuclearweapons; nyt; nytimes; operationmerlin; risen; russianscientist; scientists; wiretapping; wmd; x42

1 posted on 01/04/2006 3:36:48 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

Before 9-11 you could get plans for nukes on the world wide web.
And anything wlse in the world for that matter.


2 posted on 01/04/2006 3:38:33 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: HAL9000

There's a certain senator whom this writer should avoid in the future.. Maybe this might spark some cries from the other side to investigate these broad leaks at the CIA...


3 posted on 01/04/2006 3:43:02 PM PST by kingu
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To: HAL9000
Lol if it wasn't so tragic, the story would be hilarious. The Russkie we used to offer the flawed design immediately turned around, pointed out the flaw to the Iranians, and offered to fix it for cold, hard $$$. And they said the Russians would never embrace capitalism!
4 posted on 01/04/2006 3:44:43 PM PST by Lejes Rimul (Paleo and Proud)
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To: HAL9000

The operation, which took place during the Clinton administration in early 2000, was codenamed Operation Merlin and "may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA....
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Another fine piece of the Clinton legacy. Between he and Jimmah Carter, they have screwed this country big time...


6 posted on 01/04/2006 3:46:11 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: HAL9000

If Slick Willy neglected to line his pockets during teh execution of this canard I'd be very surprised.


7 posted on 01/04/2006 4:55:21 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: HAL9000

Asked about the report, leaked to Britain's Guardian newspaper, diplomats close to the IAEA cautioned that it offered no evidence Iran was obtaining products of exclusive use in building nuclear weapons.

Dual use CYA of the first magnitude!!!


8 posted on 01/04/2006 4:58:08 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: HAL9000
"The operation, which took place during the Clinton administration in early 2000"

When Clinton was desperate to get a "peace breakthrough" in the mideast IIRC.

I doubt it wasn't intented to work out just the way it did. as a payoff for Iranian help with Hamas etal.

9 posted on 01/04/2006 5:01:26 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: diznay4evr

"Who knows. How many books with anonymous sources are out these days this
or that. does anyone believe anything they read anymore?"


Whose side are you taking anyway?

It depends on what sources the info comes from...if it's from the lamestream media (msm)... I pay it no-never-mind!! Nothing positive comes from them, nothing but hatred for GW in various forms. This does our Country no good at all, period!


10 posted on 01/04/2006 5:04:43 PM PST by SoldiersPrayingMom ("And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" John 8:32)
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To: Alamo-Girl

Very ugly Clinton legacy ping


11 posted on 01/04/2006 5:16:42 PM PST by thoughtomator (How to recognize the enemy: he says "peace" and means something entirely different)
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To: HAL9000
'CIA bungling hands Iran vital A-bomb clue'

By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor and Alec Russell in Washington
(Filed: 05/01/2006)

Botched CIA operations may have handed Iran vital information on how to make nuclear weapons and betrayed the identities of America's spies in the country, according to a new book on US intelligence.

The latest account of American intelligence failures includes details of how the CIA allegedly tried to slip Teheran some Russian designs for an atomic bomb, which contained hidden flaws that would have made any device inoperable.

The Iranians, however, were tipped off by the very agent sent to give them the documents.

In a separate incident, the book claims a CIA officer mistakenly sent an Iranian agent - who turned out to be a double agent - information that was used to arrest virtually all of the agency's spies in Iran.

The claims are made in State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, by James Risen, the New York Times reporter who also revealed that the National Security Agency had tapped phone calls and e-mails of some US citizens without warrants.

The CIA says the book contains "serious inaccuracies", but has not elaborated.

The claims about Iran are startling because of the scale of bungling that Mr Risen claims has taken place.

He highlights one operation, known as Merlin, in February 2000, when the CIA allegedly sent a Soviet-era defector to Vienna where, posing an unemployed scientist selling nuclear secrets, he was supposed to contact the Iranians.

The Russian scientist, who had previously worked as an engineer on the Soviet nuclear weapons programme, was given Soviet documents for a key bomb component.

These had been provided by another Russian defector and then doctored by the CIA. Had they used the documents, "instead of a mushroom cloud the Iranian scientists would witness a disappointing fizzle", Mr Risen writes.

But the Russian scientist immediately spotted the flaw and told his CIA handlers: "This isn't right." When told to go ahead with his mission, he apparently feared the Iranians would find the errors and decided to include a letter that alerted them to the flaws in the designs.

Mr Risen describes Operation Merlin as "one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA, one that may have helped put nuclear weapons in the hands of a charter member of what President George W Bush has called the 'axis of evil' ".

Mr Risen also claims that in 2004 a CIA officer mistakenly sent one of its agents some information that was used by Iran to "roll up" the CIA espionage network in Iran.

"It left the CIA virtually blind in Iran, unable to provide any significant intelligence on one of the critical issues facing the United States - whether Teheran was about to go nuclear," Mr Risen writes.

Such tales of incompetence coming after the fiasco over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, will inevitably raise fresh doubts about the accuracy of Western intelligence reports that claim Iran is bent on building nuclear weapons.

Iran insists it seeks nuclear power only to generate electricity and has steadily dismantled its agreement with European countries to freeze activities linked to its uranium enrichment programme.

Western countries have so far failed to muster enough political support to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council for breaches of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

European governments have given detailed intelligence briefings to Russian, Chinese, Indian and South African officials in an attempt to persuade them to back American claims that Iran has obtained designs for nuclear warheads, which could be fitted to its range of missiles.

12 posted on 01/04/2006 5:55:09 PM PST by blam
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To: HAL9000

So, basically, Risen has exposed the Russian double agent it would seem.


13 posted on 01/04/2006 5:56:16 PM PST by Royal Wulff
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To: thoughtomator

Thank you for the ping!


14 posted on 01/04/2006 10:21:33 PM PST by Alamo-Girl (Monthly is the best way to donate to Free Republic!)
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To: HAL9000

China, Iran, Columbia, FBI Files, IRS Abuse, WACO, Ruby Ridge, Shooting $1m missles at janitors, Personnel files released....

Heck it was the democrats so it was OK!


15 posted on 01/07/2006 9:20:23 AM PST by Prost1 (Sandy Berger can steal, Clinton can cheat, but Bush can't listen!)
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To: Cindy; Shermy; Fedora; Alamo-Girl; Howlin

bttt


16 posted on 04/25/2006 2:41:48 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa; All
ON THE NET...

MensNewsDaily.com: "BILL CLINTON GAVE IRANIANS BLUEPRINT FOR NUCLEAR BOMB" -Column by Jim Kouri, CPP (April 14, 2006)

17 posted on 04/25/2006 2:51:10 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: EagleUSA; HAL9000; Mo1
The operation, which took place during the Clinton administration in early 2000, was codenamed Operation Merlin and "may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA....

Now what year was that document Berger stole from the Archives suppose to cover?

18 posted on 04/25/2006 3:09:09 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
IIRC it was around the millennium ... 1999/2000
19 posted on 04/25/2006 5:23:25 AM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: piasa

Thanks for the ping!


20 posted on 04/25/2006 8:36:15 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Howlin

Someone in the media should ask Joe Sestak what he thinks of Sandy Burglar and the Clintonista CIA, since Sestak was on the staff of the National Security Council under the Burglar at this time (2000).....And also this thread from last April 2006:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1614979/posts

In light of today's "November surprise" from the editors of the NY Times, it sure is interesting that they never saw fit to give any front-page treatment to this story.

The hypocrisy and dishonest of the Demagogues on these matters needs to be circulated to every talk show and media outlet that will listen.


21 posted on 11/03/2006 10:50:46 AM PST by Enchante (There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Drive-By Media)
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