Israel suspected of leaks to incriminate Iran

Officials believe Israel leaked documents from an international nuclear inquiry to amp up pressure on Tehran

Topics: Iran, Israel, Leaks, AP, Nuclear Weapons, IAEA, ,

Israel is suspected of carrying out leaks aimed to implicate Iran in nuclear weapons experiments, according to the Guardian Monday. It is believed that Israel is responsible for leaking to the AP a graph, which, despite its farcically primitive appearance, was trumpeted as evidence for Tehran’s nuclear program.

As the Guardian reported:

The leaked diagram raised questions about an investigation being carried out by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors after it emerged that it formed part of a file of intelligence on alleged Iranian nuclear weapons work held by the agency.

The IAEA’s publication of a summary of the file in November 2011 helped trigger a new round of punitive E.U. and U.S. sanctions.

Western officials say they have reasons to suspect Israel of being behind the most recent leak and a series of previous disclosures from the IAEA investigation, pointing to Israel’s impatience at what it sees as international complacency over Iranian nuclear activity.

When the AP first posted the graph, skeptical commentators such Yousaf Butt and Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress at the Bulletin of Atomic Sciences noted that the diagram “does nothing more than indicate either slipshod analysis or an amateurish hoax … the diagram features quite a massive error, which is unlikely to have been made by research scientists working at a national level.”

The IAEA noted that the graph was only a small part of a much broader collection of data in the inquiry into Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

At the time, our old friend Glenn Greenwald decried the AP’s publication of the leaked image as “uncritical fear-mongering” and chastised the decision not to name the leak’s source. “Note that AP granted anonymity here not merely to an individual but to an entire country. What’s the proffered justification for doing so? The officials wanted it, so AP gave it: ‘officials provided the diagram only on condition that they and their country not be named.’ That’s very accommodating of AP,” wrote Greenwald, who noted that AP’s reference to the source as “a country critical of Iran’s atomic program” did not leave much to the imagination.

You Might Also Like

The Guardian on Monday noted that if Israel had leaked IAEA documents in an attempt to hasten action against Iran, the effort may have backfired. “According to one European diplomat,” the Guardian’s Julian Borger wrote, “the principal impact of the leak would be to compromise the ongoing IAEA investigation into whether Iran has tried to develop a nuclear weapon at any point … Analysts say that the recent leaks may have shown the IAEA’s hand, revealing what it knows and does not know, and therefore undermined the position of its inspectors in tense and so far fruitless talks with Iranian officials about the country’s past nuclear activities.”

Meanwhile, anti-Israel groups have also been using IAEA information as a tool for their own purposes. A hacker group by the name “Parastoo” (which means bird in Farsi) leaked 170 email addresses belonging to scientists at the U.N. agency, following a hack on the IAEA server. Parastoo claimed to possess more sensitive IAEA information, which it has threatened to publish if the agency does not investigate Israel’s unofficially acknowledged nuclear program.

 

Natasha Lennard
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 8
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Sonic

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Sonic's Bacon Double Cheddar Croissant Dog

    Sonic calls this a "gourmet twist" on a classic. I am not so, so fancy, but I know that sprinkling bacon and cheddar cheese onto a tube of pork is not gourmet, even if you have made a bun out of something that is theoretically French.

    Krispy Kreme

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Krispy Kreme's Doughnut Dog

    This stupid thing is a hotdog in a glazed doughnut bun, topped with bacon and raspberry jelly. It is only available at Delaware's Frawley Stadium, thank god.

    KFC

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    KFC's Double Down Dog

    This creation is notable for its fried chicken bun and ability to hastily kill your dreams.

    Pizza Hut

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza

    Pizza Hut basically just glued pigs-in-blankets to the crust of its normal pizza. This actually sounds good, and I blame America for brainwashing me into feeling that.

    Carl's Jr.

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Carl's Jr. Most American Thick Burger

    This is a burger stuffed with potato chips and hot dogs. Choose a meat, America! How hard is it to just choose a meat?!

    Tokyo Dog

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Tokyo Dog's Juuni Ban

    A food truck in Seattle called Tokyo Dog created this thing, which is notable for its distinction as the Guinness Book of World Records' most expensive hot dog at $169. It is a smoked cheese bratwurst, covered in butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie gras, black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayo in a brioche bun. Just calm down, Tokyo Dog. Calm down.

    Interscope

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water"

    This album art should be illegal.

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

0 Comments

Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>