The phone in the Iranian Nuclear Plant rang, “Hey Achmeed” said the voice on one end, ” I just want you to know we are shutting down the Nuclear Weapons program.” “Yes Ibrihem,” said the other voice, “I know, and if the phone is tapped by the CIA make sure you guys listen—we have stopped our nuclear weapons program.”
According to the London Telegraph it was conversations like this, that helped dupe the United States that Iran “mothballed” its nuke program. Quoting sources within British intelligence
A senior British official delivered a withering assessment of US intelligence-gathering abilities in the Middle East and revealed that British spies shared the concerns of Israeli defense chiefs that Iran was still pursuing nuclear weapons…..
The timing of the CIA report has also provoked fury in the British Government, where officials believe it has undermined efforts to impose tough new sanctions on Iran and made an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities more likely….
The source said British analysts believed that Iranian nuclear staff, knowing their phones were tapped, deliberately gave misinformation. “We are skeptical. We want to know what the basis of it is, where did it come from? Was it on the basis of the defector? Was it on the basis of the intercept material? They say things on the phone because they know we are up on the phones. They say black is white. They will say anything to throw us off…..
A US intelligence source has revealed that some American spies share the concerns of the British and the Israelis. “Many middle- ranking CIA veterans believe Iran is still committed to producing nuclear weapons and are concerned that the agency lost a number of its best sources in Iran in 2004,” the official said.
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