White House Brushes Off CIA Report on Iran


Richard Moore

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    White House Brushes Off CIA Report on Iran
    Monday 20 November 2006

Washington - The White House dismissed a classified CIA draft assessment that 
found no conclusive evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program, the 
New Yorker reported.

The article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said the CIA's analysis 
was based on technical intelligence collected by overhead satellites and on 
other evidence like measurements of the radioactivity of water samples.

"The CIA found no conclusive evidence, as yet, of a secret Iranian nuclear 
weapons program running parallel to the civilian operations that Iran has 
declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency," according to the article.

"A current senior intelligence official confirmed the existence of the CIA 
analysis, and told me that the White House had been hostile to it," it said.

The United States has accused Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons under the guise 
of a civilian energy program.

The article, in the current issue of the magazine, discussed how Vice President 
Dick Cheney believed the Bush administration would deal with Iran if the 
Republicans lost control of Congress as they did in the November 7 election.

"If the Democrats won on November 7th, the vice president said, that victory 
would not stop the administration from pursuing a military option with Iran," 
Hersh wrote, citing an unidentified source familiar with the discussion.

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