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    Assalamu alaikum, CIA, FBI say Iran defector is impostor ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20000611_24.html
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 11, 2000
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      Assalamu'alaikum,

      CIA, FBI say Iran defector is impostor
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      http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20000611_24.html

      WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) - An Iranian defector who said he could
      prove Iran was responsible for the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing has
      been exposed by the CIA and FBI as an impostor, The Washington Post
      reported on Sunday.

      The man, who had given his name as Ahmad Behbahani and said he was a
      former Iranian intelligence officer, had told an associate producer of
      the "60 Minutes" CBS television programme that he had documents showing
      Tehran was behind the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town
      of Lockerbie.

      Two Libyans have been on trial for the bombing -- which killed all 259
      people on board and 11 on the ground -- since May 3 at a special Scottish
      court in the Netherlands.

      But following debriefing sessions in Turkey, where the man is in
      protective custody, the CIA and FBI have concluded the 32-year-old
      defector is not Behbahani, the Post quoted a senior U.S. official as
      saying.

      The man "lacks basic knowledge of Iran's intelligence apparatus" and "has
      been lying about lots of stuff," said the official, speaking on condition
      of anonymity.

      The man's real identity had not been established, the newspaper said.

      "He knows a few things, but nothing very much -- stuff that could have
      possibly come from somebody else," the official was quoted as saying.
      "But when it comes to serious stuff that he should know, he comes up
      empty. He still has not provided anything that has led CIA and FBI folks
      to believe his story."

      The defector told the CBS producer that he had documents to prove Iran
      trained a group of Libyans to carry out the Lockerbie bombing.

      The United States had said that while it stood by Scottish prosecutors
      trying the two Libyans for the bombing, it would fully assess the
      defector's claims.

      Tehran has dismissed the charges, with Iranian Intelligence Minister Ali
      Yunesi saying that no one named Ahmad Behbahani had ever worked for the
      country's intelligence service.

      On Friday, Iran's former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, slammed the
      Western media as a "mafia network" out to tarnish Iran's image with false
      claims that Tehran was behind the Lockerbie bombing.


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