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CHALABI PAYS FOR AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE BLUNDERS

Published Friday, June 4, 2004



PARIS-WASHINGTON, 4 June. (IPS) As the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI is examining whether Pentagon officials who had frequent contacts with Mr. Ahmad Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress (INC) may have told Iran that American intelligence had broken its secret communications codes, reliable Iranian sources said if the information is correct, Tehran might have swarmed American intelligence agencies with faked information, mostly on its nuclear activities.

In case the news is founded, the Iranian might have their codes to pass on faked information on their military and nuclear projects.

Mr. Chalabi, longtime a source of information to the Bush Administration about Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) held by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, information that was partly used by President George W. Bush to justify the war against Iraq, but his information came under major criticism after no weapons were found.

He is at the center of a growing controversy over whether he had learned that American intelligence services had cracked Iranian secret communications codes and informed the Iranians about that.

“In case the news is founded, not only Iranian ayatollahs might have their codes to pass on faked information on their military and economic situation, but it could also explain the changes they made in their nuclear projects, particularly transferring some sensitive sites to other places while letting inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog to find the old places, to the satisfaction of the Americans”, a former Iranian intelligence officer told Iran Press Service on condition of anonymity.

Ms. Condoleezza Rice, President Bush 's National Security adviser has promised lawmakers a full investigation on the issue, The Washington Post said.

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Rice said that Chalabi, was strongly suspected of informing Iran that the United States had cracked the code.

Entifadh Qanbar, a spokesman for Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress, said the group welcomed any congressional investigations because it had nothing to hide.

The New York Times reported in its Thursday editions that federal investigators have started giving polygraph tests to civilian Pentagon employees in attempt to determine who may have disclosed the highly classified intelligence.

"The number of people who could have leaked this is small, in the dozens or less", former CIA official and National Security Council member Flynt Leverett told The Los Angeles Times.

According to some US sources, an unidentified US official who was drunk at the time allegedly told Chalabi that the United States had broken the Iranian intelligence’s secret code.

Allegations that Chalabi passed highly sensitive information to Iran have lingered for weeks, and some news organizations were asked by U.S. officials not to report the details about the code breaking because it would endanger an investigation.

During an on-board news conference with reporters as he flew to Singapore Thursday, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he did not know whether officials in the Pentagon have been questioned by the FBI in connection with Chalabi.

"The press is reporting that there is an investigation going on. I do not have personal knowledge of that," he said, adding he was not sure whether anyone in the Pentagon had been questioned.

In Najaf, Iraq, Chalabi told The American news agency Associated Press that reports saying he leaked the highly classified information are "false" and "stupid".

"Where would I get this from?" Chalabi asked. "I have no such information. How would I know anything about that? That's stupid from every aspect."

“The whole of the history, the Chalabi spying for the Iranians and now that he might have give the Iranians CIA’s deciphering Iranian secret communication codes points to one thing: that the Americans are covering up their own misfortunes, placing the blames on Chalabi. This is an old method in secret services”, the former Iranian elite intelligence expert told IPS, referring also to the sudden resignation of George Tenet, the CIA boss.

The Washington Post said Chalabi's attorneys wrote to US Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller, telling them the leaks came from "the same individuals within the US government who have undermined the President Bush's policies in Iraq .. and are using Dr. Chalabi as a scapegoat for their own failures".

This is classic disinformation, for Chalabi was not the only one in the Iraqi Provisory Government to have contacts with Tehran. They all have and some are almost linked physically to the Iranian regime

An intelligence source in Washington said the CIA confirmed its long-held suspicions when it discovered that a piece of information from an electronic communications intercept by the National Security Agency had ended up in Iranian hands. The information was so sensitive that its circulation had been restricted to a handful of officials.

Chalabi, a member of the hand picked Iraqi Governing Council, has also been accused of meddling in an investigation into Iraq's oil-for-food program during the regime of former President Saddam Hussein and is also sought after by the Jordanian government for a 22 millions US Dollars bank embezzlement.

“He (Chalabi) is a crook, a wheeler dealer, but not a person in a position to spy for Iran or misleading the American Administration for attacking Iraq. The best way for the Americans to save face is to sacrifice the smallest and least dangerous collaborator”, he added.

Allegations that Chalabi passed highly sensitive information to Iran have lingered for weeks, and some news organizations were asked by U.S. officials not to report the details about the code breaking because it would endanger an investigation.

"All of this is false," the Islamic Republic's top national security official, Hojjatoleslam Hassan Rohani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council on National Security (SCNS) and the regime’s top negotiator on Iran’s nuclear activities with the Vienna-based IAEA told reporters. "We have no relations in regard to intelligence", he laconically said without emphasising.

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“If anything, Rohani is certainly one of the very few who might be informed by Chalabi and then used both him and the old secret codes to massively misinform the Americans”, the intelligence officer added.

"It's pretty clear that Iranians had us for breakfast, lunch and dinner", said an intelligence source in Washington yesterday. "Iranian intelligence has been manipulating the US for several years through Chalabi".

Larry Johnson, a former senior counter-terrorist official at the state department said: "When the story ultimately comes out we'll see that Iran has run one of the most masterful intelligence operations in history. They persuaded the US and Britain to dispose of its greatest enemy".

“This is classic disinformation, for Chalabi was not the only one in the Iraqi Provisory Government to have contacts with Tehran. They all have and some are almost linked physically to the Iranian regime. But Chalabi, because of his close ties with some highly placed American officials, is the one who pays the price for his own folies de grandeurs”, the Iranian intelligence source pointed out. ENDS CHALABI US IRAN 4604

 

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