2007: US Iran intelligence 'is incorrect'

Julian Borger in Vienna Thursday February 22, 2007 Guardian Unlimited Much of the intelligence on Iran‘s nuclear facilities provided to UN inspectors by US spy agencies has turned out to be unfounded, diplomatic sources in Vienna said today. The claims, reminiscent of the intelligence fiasco surrounding the Iraq war, coincided with a sharp increase in international tension as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran was defying a UN security council ultimatum to freeze its nuclear programme.That report, delivered to the security council by the IAEA director general, Mohammed ElBaradei, sets the stage for a fierce international debate on the imposition of stricter sanctions on Iran and raises the possibility that the US could resort to military action against Iranian nuclear sites.At the heart of the debate are accusations – spearheaded by the US – that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons. However, most of […] Read More

2004: New WMD Report Slams Bush White House

  By Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service January 9, 2004 Three leading non-proliferation experts from a prominent think tank charge that the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush “systematically misrepresented” the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. In a 107-page report released Thursday, Jessica Mathews, Joseph Cirincione and George Perkovich of the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) call for the creation of an independent commission to fully investigate what the U.S. intelligence community knew, or believed it knew, about the true state of Iraq‘s WMD program between 1991 and 2003. They say that the probe should also determine whether intelligence analyses were tainted by foreign intelligence agencies or political pressure. Cirincione told reporters, “It is very likely that intelligence officials were pressured by senior administration officials to conform their threat assessments to pre-existing policies.” The Carnegie analysts also found “no solid evidence” of a […] Read More