How Rotella Reported Another Dubious Iranian Bomb Plot
by Gareth Porter
[While the terrible events in Egypt have delayed my plans to reply to ProPublica’s response to my critique of Sebastian Rotella’s report on the alleged build-up of Iran’s terrorist infrastructure in the Americas, Gareth Porter has written the following essay [...]
Secret Iranian Memo Disclosed by WackiLeaks: Israel Destroyed our Nukes!
To: IRI Foreign Minister Ali Akhbar Salehi
From: Makhzan al-Pand, FM Research and PR Dept.
Subject: As Requested: Draft Response to WikiLeaks Revelations of Stratfor E-mails
Respectfully submitted for your consideration at the highest level of confidentiality:
The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran formally acknowledges and confirms [...]
Why was the IAEA's latest Iran report released now?
The timing of the recently released IAEA report about Iran is curious, especially considering its content which analysts agree is mostly “not new.” It has nevertheless been made public at a time when tension between the U.S. and Iran is high and the U.S. is pushing for more sanctions against Iran. Why?
Panetta Warns Israel Off Taking Unilateral Military Action Against Iran
Reposted by arrangement with Think Progress
When news broke two weeks ago that the U.S. had sent bunker buster bombs to Israel in 2009 or 2010, many worried that shipping the bombs — which can penetrate deep into underground bunkers like those that protect the Iranian nuclear program — might be perceived [...]
Freedom Isn’t Free at the State Department
The Only Employee at State Who May Be Fired Because of WikiLeaks
Reposted by arrangement with Tom Dispatch
On the same day that more than 250,000 unredacted State Department cables hemorrhaged out onto the Internet, I was interrogated for the first time in [...]
On the Bunker Buster Transfer to Israel
On Eli Lake’s ‘Daily Beast’ article on the Obama administration’s transfer of bunker buster bombs to Israel a few months after it took power in January 2009, Ali has helpfully added to the story on the thinkprogress security blog by quoting from a Wikileaks cable from Nov 2009 confirming the forthcoming delivery and [...]
What is the Obama Administration Doing to Bradley Manning?
We’ve been a bit remiss in covering this story, but recent revelations about the treatment of PFC Bradley Manning (for details, see Glenn Greenwald) make clear that the military — and thus the Obama administration — is subjecting Manning to a regimen that constitutes torture. Manning’s treatment appears to be designed solely to inflict [...]
Did Danny Ayalon Listen to Petraeus or Read WikiLeaks?
As mentioned in today’s Talking Points, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has an op-ed in the Washington Times in which he pronounces the “death of ‘linkage’.” Ayalon claims that both the recent instability in the Middle East and WikiLeaks provide proof that “linkage”—which he defines as “if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was solved, [...]
New Revelations on the Run-up to Cast Lead
Mitchell Plitnick notes the recent release of a Wikileaks cable that sheds new light on the run-up to Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s Gaza offensive of 2008-9. I’ve written before about the breakdown of the truce (Tahdiya) between Israel and Hamas that had all but eliminated rocket attacks against Israel in the months leading [...]
The Daily Talking Points
News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for January 28:
The Atlantic: Jeffrey Goldberg lists his observations on the ongoing events in Egypt and mentions that friends of his, like FDD fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht, advocate that democratically elected Islamist governments might be part of a “long-term process of gradual modernization.” But [...]
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