CIA 'ignored Iran nuclear evidence'
- CIA 'ignored Iran nuclear evidence'
Iran says its nuclear programme is for
peaceful purposes [EPA/DigitalGlobe]
A former CIA agent has alleged that the US intelligence agency
ignored evidence Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb, a US
newspaper has said.
The man's lawyer told the Washington Post that the ex-agent was told
on "five occasions" to either falsify his reporting on weapons of
mass destruction in the Near East, or "not to file his reports at
Details of the claims emerged after the ex-agent filed a motion in a
US federal court last week asking the US government to declassify
legal documents which he said described a deliberate suppression of
findings on Iran's nuclear programmes that ran against the CIA's
As a former undercover agent the man has been barred by the CIA from
revealing his real name.
The motion follows a lawsuit the man filed in 2004 alleging the CIA
had fired him after he questioned official CIA doctrine over both
Iran and Iraq's nuclear programmes and argued with senior officials
when attempting to file his reports contradicting assertions both
nations were working on weapons programmes.
It also follows the release of an intelligence report last December
as part of a US National Intelligence Estimate that concluded Iran
had stopped work on nuclear weapons designs in 2003.
Western powers allege that Iran is attempting to build nuclear
weapons, however Tehran says its programme is solely for peaceful
Assigned to undercover work in the Persian Gulf region, the ex-CIA
agent, who is of Middle Eastern origin, recruited an informant who
provided evidence that Iran had ended its research into designing
and building a nuclear weapon, the man's lawyer, Roy Krieger, told
the Washington Post.
However, when he tried to file a report on the findings his attempts
were "thwarted" by CIA officials, the documents filed in court
Later two internal investigations were launched over the former
operative's conduct, his lawyer said.
Krieger told the paper the investigations were a "pretext to
discredit" the former operative and that the man was being punished
by being forbidden by the CIA to reveal his name.
Paul Gimigliano, spokesman for the CIA, did not comment on the case
specifically to the Washington Post but denied any allegation the
CIA had suppressed reports.
"It would be wrong to suggest that agency managers direct their
officers to falsify the intelligence they collect or to suppress it
for political reasons," he told the paper.
"That's not our policy."
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