CIA Secretly Gave Iran Doctored Blueprints For Nuclear Weapon Components Fifteen Years Ago — Revelation Could Prompt IAEA Reassessment — On When Tehran Could Produce A Nuclear Weapon
“The CIA secretly gave Iran doctored blueprints for nuclear weapon components fifteen years ago, a revelation that could prompt the nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to reassess its findings regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s covert nuclear program,” according to a report by Bloomberg News. “The U.S. spy agency sought to lead Iranian nuclear scientists astray, by giving [Iranian scientists] phony designs of atomic components to Tehran’s diplomatic representatives — to the IAEA in Austria,” according to Bloomberg.
“The CIA plan was revealed in the [recent] court case involving the [conviction] of [former] CIA [operative] Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted of leaking classified information about the agency’s operations in Iran. Sterling was convicted of providing information to a journalist [James Rosen of the New York Times] that served as the basis for a book about Operation Merlin, a covert plan initiated by the Clinton Administration whose goal was to delay Iran’s nuclear program, by feeding Iranian scientists flawed design components.”
The IAEA must also consider North Korea’s assistance to Iran regarding Tehran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon — and, not just the revelation above. According to open source reporting, Iranian nuclear scientists have been present at nearly every ‘recent’ North Korean nuclear weapons test. Moreover, one would also have to assume that Iranian nuclear scientists have been privy to touring North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities and infrastructuee…especially in the aftermath of the Stuxnet cyber virus that the U.S. and Israel reportedly covertly implanted into Iran’s nuclear infrastructure — causing havoc with nuclear fuel rods and the heating/cooling of the reactor facilities. The IAEA must assume that Tehran’s nuclear scientists and engineers did a thorough scrub of their entire nuclear weapons infrastructure…what we would call a ‘soup-to-nuts,’ examination to fully understand if there were any more hidden Trojan Horses within their facilities. Obviously, blueprints would have been part of such an examination. To assume that this wasn’t done, would be risky and foolish, and probably wishful thinking; and…could cloud IAEA’s analysis and judgment about where they think Iran’s nuclear weapons program really stands.
Having said all that, between the Snowden leaks, and this kind of disclosure, it is hard to believe that anyone will assist or cooperate with the U.S. on future such sensitive intelligence operations — when we continue to disclose very sensitive covert operations, including sources and methods. V/R, RCP