Sunday, May 2, 2004

IS AHMAD CHALABI A SECURITY RISK?

Read Mark Hosenball's article, Intelligence: A Double Game. [Via ActivistChat.com.] Here is an excerpt:

"Newsweek has learned that top Bush administration officials have been briefed on intelligence indicating that Chalabi and some of his top aides have supplied Iran with "sensitive" information on the American occupation in Iraq. U.S. officials say that electronic intercepts of discussions between Iranian leaders indicate that Chalabi and his entourage told Iranian contacts about American political plans in Iraq. There are also indications that Chalabi has provided details of U.S. security operations." (Newsweek, May 10 issue.)

Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) [via Iran va Jahan] reports the following on Chalabi's connection with Iran:

"That Chalabi had close relations with Iran is not in itself startling. He is a Shiite who was deeply opposed to Saddam Hussein; he took friends where he could get them. It is somewhat more surprising that his extensive dealings with Iran were not regarded as a hindrance to a U.S. relationship with him prior to the war. He was in rather deep with the Iranians." (Stratfor, 02/18/04.)

Christopher Hitchens thinks that they should Lay Off Chalabi.