MAY 21, 2004 : (LAWRENCE FRANKLIN GIVES CBS JOURNALISTS DIRT ON THE INC's CHALABI --- See AIPAC, CHALABI "AN IRANIAN SPY" MEME) During a series of meetings in 2003, Franklin spilled several pieces of allegedly classified information, from policy options against Iran to specific intelligence about attacks on US forces in Iraq. On a couple of occasions, Rosen or Weissman allegedly passed along what hed learned to Israeli diplomats or journalists.
Franklin, likewise, relayed sensitive information to an Israeli diplomat and to the media. On May 21, 2004, he disclosed what prosecutors described as top secret/SCI information to journalists from CBS about what prosecutors would later cryptically claim concerned meetings involving two Middle East officials.
That evening, CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl reported on evidence that onetime Pentagon favorite Ahmad Chalabi personally gave Iranian intelligence officers information so sensitive that if revealed it could, quote, get Americans killed. Later in the broadcast, she reported that the information Chalabi had allegedly passed was so sensitive that US officials at the highest levels had prevailed on CBS not to broadcast it.
Five weeks later, the FBI closed in on Franklin. Armed with a warrant, agents searched his workspace and turned up a June 25, 2003, classified document. Franklin admitted he had given information derived from the document to Rosen and Weissman. Agents then searched his house in Kearneysville, West Virginia, and found more than 80 classified documents he had brought home illegally over three decades. ------This Is the FBICan We Talk?, Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
The "Chalabi's an Iranian spy" meme popped up in the press just in time to bury this story :
MAY 2004 : (REPORT : ONE OF 50 UN OIL FOR FOOD AUDIT REPORTS HAS BEEN LEAKED TO JOURNALIST TIMOTHY WOOD AND POSTED ON MINEWEB.COM WEBSITE - THIS AUDIT REPORT CONCERNS SWISS-BASED COTECNA INSPECTION SERVICES) In the scandal over the U.N. Oil-for-Food program in Iraq, Kofi Annan's main line of defense has been that he didn't know. Perhaps he should take a closer look at internal U.N. Oil-for-Food audit reports, more than 50 in all, produced by his own Office of Internal Oversight Services--the same reports he's declined to share with the Security Council, or release to Congress. One of these reports has now leaked. It concerns the U.N. Secretariat's mishandling of the hiring of inspectors to authenticate the contents of relief shipments into sanctions-bound Iraq. (Obtained by a journalist specializing in the mining industry, Timothy Wood, a copy of this report can be found at www.mineweb.com.
Reflecting the findings of a U.N. internal audit conducted during the sixth year of the seven-year Oil-for-Food program, the report focuses on one contractor hired directly by the U.N. Secretariat: Swiss-based Cotecna Inspection SA. This is the same company that, while bidding against several rivals for its initial Oil-for-Food contract in 1998, had Mr. Annan's son, Kojo, on its payroll as a consultant. Both Mr. Annan and Cotecna's CEO, Robert Massey, have insisted that the contract was strictly in accordance with U.N. rules.
Although this report doesn't mention Kojo, it does go on for 20 pages about inadequacies and violations in the U.N.'s handling of the Cotecna contract. The report explains that "the Contract had been amended prior to its commencement, which was inappropriate" and recounts that within four days of Cotecna signing its initial lowball contract for $4.87 million, both Oil-for-Food and the U.N. Procurement Division had authorized "additional costs" totaling $35
Interestingly, the Chalabi story was followed by the "panty torture" meme a day or so later.
May 2004 was the month Duelfer's team did in fact start discovering some chemical weapons munitions in Iraq. You'd never know it though given all the other bleedingheart stories floating about then and since.
Thanks for the pings and info. Not sure what’s going on yet but I’ve been keeping an eye on it. Regarding your post on Pike, he’s acknowledged as helping Isikoff and Corn with their book on Plamegate as well, and in some similar stuff I’ve seen, he seems to travel pretty closely with the usual suspects.