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Rumsfeld Downplays Secret Meeting On Iran By Officials

August 08, 2003
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NEW YORK -- Pentagon officials held a clandestine meeting with Iranians who were reportedly seeking a regime change in Iran, but the gathering took place more than a year ago and "it went nowhere," U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday.

Rumsfeld was downplaying a Newsday report published Friday that claims Pentagon hardliners pressing for regime change in Iran held secret and unauthorized meetings in Paris with Manucher Ghorbanifar - a controversial arms dealer who was also a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal.

At press briefing in Crawford, Texas, broadcast by major TV news channels, Rumsfeld said two Pentagon officials were approached by people claiming to have information about Iran. A meeting did take place, "and the information was moved around" between agencies before being dropped, Rumsfeld said.

"As I understand it, there wasn't anything there that was of substance or of value that needed to be pursued further," Rumsfeld said.

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31 posted on 08/08/2003 2:48:02 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Rumsfeld Downplays Secret Meeting On Iran By Officials

August 08, 2003
Dow Jones Newswires
Nasdaq Headlines

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32 posted on 08/08/2003 2:48:50 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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