CIA agent: Evidence that Iran
had halted its nuclear weapons
program was ignored


Cyrus Safdari

Iran Affairs
July 01, 2008


According to the Washington Post, a former CIA agent has filed a lawsuit alleging that:

“The informant provided secret evidence that Tehran had halted its research into designing and building a nuclear weapon. Yet, when the operative sought to file reports on the findings, his attempts were ‘thwarted by CIA employees,’ according to court papers. Later he was told to ‘remove himself from any further handling’ of the informant, the documents say.”

This is the funniest part of the article: According to a CIA spokesman,

"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 said. "That's not our policy. That's not what we're about."

Yes, it would be Oh-so WRONG! That's not what we're about, dammit!

“Vice President Cheney and his most senior aide made multiple trips to the CIA over the past year to question analysts studying Iraq's weapons programs and alleged links to al Qaeda, creating an environment in which some analysts felt they were being pressured to make their assessments fit with the Bush administration's policy objectives, according to senior intelligence officials.” [Some Iraq Analysts Felt Pressure from Cheney, Washington Post, June 5, 2003]


“A former Central Intelligence Agency official asserted in Senate hearings today that Robert M. Gates actively suppressed dissent, slanted intelligence conclusions and intimidated analysts who disagreed with his views in his years as a senior intelligence official, according to people familiar with testimony he presented before a closed session of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence... The debate proved to touch so many delicate areas that the Senators cut off the hearings and sent most staff members outside the room while they discussed the issues for 30 minutes.”  [Gates Supressed Dissent, NY Times, Sept 26 1991]


“Analysts at the agency said they had felt pressured to make their intelligence reports on Iraq conform to Bush administration policies...Several analysts have told colleagues they have become so frustrated that they have considered leaving the agency...” [C.I.A. Aides Feel Pressure In Preparing Iraqi Reports, NY Times, March 23, 2003]


“In fact, analysts were pressured, and heavily so, according to Richard Kerr. A 32-year CIA veteran, Kerr led an internal investigation of the agency's failure to correctly analyze Iraqi weapons-of-mass-destruction capabilities, preparing a series of four reports that have not been released publicly.” [The Yes Man, The American Prospect, Oct 23, 2005]


“[A] former CIA chief, disputing Bolton, said the nominee had tried to fire a national intelligence officer who believed Bolton was exaggerating evidence on Cuba, they said.” [Two Detail Bolton's Efforts to Punish Dissent , Washington Post, April 29, 2005]