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Defecting Iranian Cameraman Brings CIA Priceless Film of Nuclear Sites
DebkaFile ^ | 10/05/12 | DebkaFile

Posted on 10/05/2012 11:17:38 AM PDT by RobertClark

Debkafile reveals one of the CIA's most dramatic scoops in many years, and epic disaster for Iran.

Our most exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's personal cameraman, Hassan Golkhanban, who defected from his UN entourage in New York on Oct. 1, brought with him an intelligence treasure trove of up-to-date photographs and videos of top Iranian leaders visiting their most sensitive and secret nuclear and missile sites.

The cameraman, who is in his 40s, is staying at an undisclosed address, presumably a CIA safe house under close guard.

He stayed behind when Ahmadinejad, after his UN speech, departed New York with his 140-strong entourage. For some years, Golkhanban worked not just as a news cameraman but personally recorded visits by the Iranian president and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of top-secret nuclear facilities and Revolutionary Guards installations.

When he left Tehran in the president's party, his luggage was not searched and so he was able to bring out two suitcases packed with precious film and deliver it safely into waiting hands in New York.

The Iranian cameraman has given US intelligence the most complete and updated footage it has ever obtained of the interiors of Iran's top secret military facilities and various nuclear installations, including some never revealed to nuclear watchdog inspectors. Among them are exclusive interior shots of the Natanz nuclear complex, the Fordo underground enrichment plant, the Parchin military complex and the small Amir-Abad research reactor in Tehran. Some of the film depicts Revolutionary Guards and military industry chiefs explaining in detail to the president or supreme leader the working of secret equipment on view. Golkhanban recorded their voices.

Our sources also disclose that, in late September, he took the precaution of sending his wife and two children out of Iran on the pretext of a family visit to Turkey. They are most likely on their way to the United States by now.

From his years as a member of the loyal Bassij militia, the cameraman earned the complete trust of Iran's security services and was able to reach his professional pinnacle as personal photographer for the two most eminent figures in the country, Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, with the task of recording their most confidential pursuits.

This was his second visit to New York. The first time, a year ago, US intelligence was able to make contact and persuade him to defect with his stock of priceless photos and film.

Although Golkhanban's defection to the United States and request for asylum was disclosed to the media some days ago, Tehran has not made any comment.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ahmadinejadcameraman; cia; golkhanban; hassangolkhanban; iran; irancameraman; israel; nuclear; nucleariran; waronterror
I wish I trusted the current administration to protect and utilize this information properly - sharing copies of all with the Mossad would be a good start.
1 posted on 10/05/2012 11:17:42 AM PDT by RobertClark
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To: RobertClark

Exactly what I was thinking.


2 posted on 10/05/2012 11:21:10 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: RobertClark

The Obama administration response will to be to apologize and return the video and photos in question.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 11:21:26 AM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: RobertClark

This is SWEET!


4 posted on 10/05/2012 11:21:51 AM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: RobertClark

I rather thought he would bring something with,
I hope it’s put to good use. I’m sure some in
our government will be shocked.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 11:23:25 AM PDT 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: PittsburghAfterDark

And send the cameraman and his family back to Iran.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 11:25:36 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: RobertClark

Uh, Obama bragging point for the next debate.


7 posted on 10/05/2012 11:26:39 AM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: RobertClark

Debkafile isn’t the most reliable source. I’d like to see confirmation though a more mainstream source.


8 posted on 10/05/2012 11:31:08 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: RobertClark

So has the cameraman deflected?


9 posted on 10/05/2012 11:31:40 AM PDT by BipolarBob (G Orwell was an optimist it seems.)
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To: Jyotishi
Uh, Obama bragging point for the next debate.

Yeah. "We sent this arrogant defiler of the prophet's name back to Iran. And told him to take his dangerous video with him."

10 posted on 10/05/2012 11:31:52 AM PDT by tpmintx (Problem: The people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who VOTE for a living.)
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To: RobertClark

Debka? You might as well read comic books.


11 posted on 10/05/2012 11:32:30 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: 6ppc
Debkafile isn’t the most reliable source.

No kidding. I don't think I know of any of their sensational articles that have panned out.

12 posted on 10/05/2012 11:34:45 AM PDT by Nachoman (I HOPE we CHANGE presidents.)
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To: RobertClark

The guy has (had?) a buisness in Teheran.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/hassan-golkhanban/45/35/532


13 posted on 10/05/2012 11:35:26 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: BipolarBob

“Deflecting Iranian Cameraman”

Bwaaa!


14 posted on 10/05/2012 11:35:57 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: RobertClark

Why was this information disclosed to the media?

Why am I reading this? This should be a state secret ... shouldn’t it?


15 posted on 10/05/2012 11:44:54 AM PDT by CapnJack
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To: RobertClark

I wonder if the kenyan crew is trying for a truly spectacular October Surprise, the collapse or the destruction of the Iranian regime. The timing would be unfortunate if it were t occur in the next couple of weeks if it were to get the kenyan honestly re-elected.


16 posted on 10/05/2012 11:46:22 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: BipolarBob

Yeah, he bounced off.


17 posted on 10/05/2012 11:47:22 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: BipolarBob

I noticed that too.


18 posted on 10/05/2012 11:48:44 AM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: CapnJack

> Why was this information disclosed to the media?

To try to show that Hussein is doing something about Iran. The suitcases may have been full of old newspapers for all we know.


19 posted on 10/05/2012 11:51:17 AM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: arthurus

Check this out arthurus! Grand Poobahs to kick out ahmadinnerjacket and parliament rumor.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2940718/posts


20 posted on 10/05/2012 12:02:54 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: RobertClark

Why have they made this public? We can’t afford this being made known. I’m so tired of these politicians breaking clandestine stories to improve their status with the American people. How many humlint sources have been tracked down and murdered, because of the Libyan terrorist attack? Zero’s playing both sides; the American people vs. Sunni moslems!


21 posted on 10/05/2012 12:04:21 PM PDT by STD (“Cogito, ergo armatum sum)
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To: STD

Bttt


22 posted on 10/05/2012 12:09:49 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: CapnJack
Why am I reading this? This should be a state secret ... shouldn’t it?

Secret from who? I'm sure if this story is true Iranians already know that they lost their photographer, and they would do well if they assume that he took secret materials with him or in his head.

The list of materials that Debka published may or may not be correct. A good play could be envisioned when Iranians are convinced that the USA knows all their secrets - even if in reality the photographer hasn't taken much.

Also, if what the story says is true then Iranians are complete incompetents in handling top secret materials - on so many levels that a whole book can be written on how wrong they were.

23 posted on 10/05/2012 12:29:21 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Greysard

We still should not be haring about it.

If we had a media that was thoughtful, they would spike this kind of story.

If they knew, we do not need to have them know we know.

No, this should be kept secret and the fact that we know should be kept secret or at least not broadcast over the entire world by a foolish media.

If this is coming from the white house again, they are spilling our candy in the lobby for our enemies to plunder.

It has become more and more clear that are idiots running the show.
(unless it is disinformation. oh wait, not these guys. They are not that slick)


24 posted on 10/05/2012 12:38:25 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: RobertClark

careful, this is from Debkafile - not the most trustworthy of sources...


25 posted on 10/05/2012 12:46:53 PM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (we are so screwed - ^_^)
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To: BipolarBob

I’m wondering which directions he was going before and after he deflected.


26 posted on 10/05/2012 1:50:48 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: RobertClark
"...he was able to bring out two suitcases packed with precious film..."

They're still using celluloid film?

27 posted on 10/05/2012 2:37:58 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Libs, dems, unions, leftist scum & murderous muzzies - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen

I’ve read it in two other daily papers in Jerusalem, however, I read the Hebrew editions and didn’t bother to link to them. Not many here fluent in Hebrew.


28 posted on 10/05/2012 2:57:59 PM PDT by RobertClark (Be prepared, be polite, be professional and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks RobertClark.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's personal cameraman, Hassan Golkhanban, who defected from his UN entourage in New York on Oct. 1, brought with him an intelligence treasure trove of up-to-date photographs and videos of top Iranian leaders visiting their most sensitive and secret nuclear and missile sites.
The Obama administration plans to hide him in a safe house in Benghazi.


29 posted on 10/05/2012 5:39:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RobertClark

But you see, why are we hearing about the the film? I would call that a leak already.

One thing to say the guy defected, quite another to tell the whole world what info he provided.


30 posted on 10/05/2012 5:43:30 PM PDT by dforest
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To: RobertClark

When the CIA played the film, it was a Three Stooges movie!


31 posted on 10/05/2012 5:46:28 PM PDT by stboz
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32 posted on 10/14/2012 1:51:44 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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